Rhododendron - Knowledgebase Question

Question by drlynda6
April 8, 2010
I have a rhododendron bush and the leaves have turned brown. We had unprecendented rains in Boston this Spring.

I am wondering is it dead, can it be revived and what should I do wiht it.



Answer from NGA
April 8, 2010


Saturated soils can actually suffocate roots, as evidenced by the dead leaves on your rhodie. It may recover, but only time will tell. I'd give it a few more weeks to show signs of life. You might try scraping the bark off with your fingernail. If you see green tissue beneath the bark, that part of the plant is still alive. Or, try pruning off one of the stem tips. Green tissue indicates life - brown tissue means it's dead. Let's hope for the best!

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