The Q&A Archives: rhododendron with limp leaves

Question: I have five shrubs and the leaves are limp.

Answer: Rhodies with drooping leaves are almost always showing water stress. It could be too much water (due to an overly wet winter or spring) or too little water. Rhodies are susceptible to root rot is soil drainage is poor. Root weevils can feed on the roots of rhodies and cause the same symptoms. Try inspecting the root area of one of the plants by digging down and inspecting the root system. Soggy soil is not a good sign; soggy roots, especially when rusty colored or brown, indicate root rot. White grubs around roots can indicate root weevil presence. Hope this information helps you determine the cause of the drooping foliage.

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