The Q&A Archives: Rhododendron - Diagnosed With Fungus

Question: We have 2 rhododendron plants that have been diagnosed with a fungus. They are both dying ,I took leaves out to a garden store,they suggested i use Daconil. The expense of the fungicide and sprayer is what we feel to much to put in to try to save them. They are 8 years old. if there is an organic fungicide that we can use instead of the chemical.They both look half dead, some portions are going to bloom If there is any thing anyone can think of to try to save them, we would appreciate it . Thank you.

Answer: I would suggest you contact your county extension (473-2540) for their most up to date recommendations on how to cope with the problem, as well as for a confirmation that this is in fact the problem in question. Do keep in mind that both organic and synthetic sprays can potentially be quite toxic, so there may not be an "organic" alternative that is less dangerous. Simply being organic is not a guarantee of relative safety.

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