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Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
Jun 29, 2016 7:12 AM CST
I am so thankful for everyone's advice...and not a day goes by that I don't find another problem lurking in my garden. So, here is the first issue I found yesterday morning. I have sprayed my hollyhocks regularly with Daconil and have managed to ward off rust for the most part. Despite that, most leaves are now turning yellow and brown and quickly dying off. Is it from these nuisance bugs that I have to spray off every day with soapy water? What are they? Good? Bad? Or, is it maybe my fault by using the Daconil on the smaller (newer?) leaves and essentially burning them? :(

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 29, 2016 3:22 PM CST
It does look like the leaves have been burnt with something, Terri. The bugs are eating holes in the leaves, not causing the burnt edges. But soapy water does make the leaves more sun sensitive, if you don't rinse it off before the sun hits the leaves. That could be it.

Have you given the plants any fertilizer recently? Some plants don't like to be fertilized when the weather is really hot. Or the tips of the leaves can burn if the plant takes up too much fertilizer quickly (also related to the hot weather, plant takes in whatever's in the soil quickly).

If the plant is finished blooming and you're letting it make seed pods, it may just be going dormant on that stem, too. If you don't want the seed pods to ripen, you could just cut off that stem and see if the plant puts up new stems/flowers later in the summer.
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