The Q&A Archives: Rhododendrons Dying

Question: My wife has 2 large rhododendrons and both of them are dying. The leaves are wilting and falling off. Can you think of any reason why this would be happening to both of them and is there anything we can do to save what is remaining? Please help since they mean alot to my wife. She has had them for years .

Answer: Based on your description, there are several possible reasons the rhododendrons are failing. Among the most common would be a disease or fungal infection, insect acitivity for example unseen and feeding on the roots, or even the cumulative effects of long term stress such as encircling roots or poor drainage finally taking their toll. You might want to consult with your county extension (431-7260) without delay to see if they can help you determine the specific reason for the change and suggest what to do. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

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