Answer: Droughty conditions can take a toll on plants! The most common symptoms of drought stress are tip die back and leaf loss. If your rhodie was healthy going into the drought, it is likely to recover. Prune back the bare branches until you find live wood, indicated by green tissue. New shoots will appear below your cuts, along with healthy new leaves. Pruning back now (in early spring) will sacrifice any blooms your stressed plant may have developed, but the long term gains will be worth a year of no bloom. Water regularly and deeply but withhold fertilizer until new growth begins. Hope your rhodie regains its health soon!
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