The Q&A Archives: Azalea Problem

Question: I had three azaleas that I planted in the fall. They seemed to do well over the winter. However, toward the end of the winter, two of the plants had the leaves eaten entirely by a rabbit I assume and the third had some leaves eaten. I read due to the lack of leaves that I would need to feed the plant so I bought some plant food for azaleas. I made the solution probably 5 to 10 times stronger than the directions hoping to save the plant. The two plants that had all their leave totally eaten never have had any new growth and the third plant seems to have more and more leaves dry up although it did have some blooms. What to do?

Answer: Stuart,

Strong fertilizer applications can burn roots and kill plants as most products are salt based. This may be the cause of your plant's demise. It is also possible that some root rot or other organism had already moved in and was killing the plants anyway. When conditions are really wet and soil remains saturated for a period of time such root rots can really become a big problem.

Also I'm not sure rabbits are the only culprit that may have eaten the leaves. They generally don't reach that high unless the plants were really small.

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