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smdc
Jul 19, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Hi,

I have an azalea on which one section has started to die back (Brown branches / leaves fell off etc). The rest of the leaves have small white spots. Based on a few articles I read this seems like maybe some combination of lacebugs, boring insects, and/or fungus. Not sure.

It is also planted in a location where there used to be a tree stump, which we killed/removed with the help of epsom salt and a drill. The Azalea was planted several weeks after this was done. Could the residual salt have this effect (and only on a limited part of the azalea)?

I've attached photos. What should I do to save this Azalea? It was beautiful when healthy and was expensive!

Thanks
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 19, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate so that shouldn't be the problem. Did anything else happen around the site?
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smdc
Jul 19, 2017 2:45 PM CST
Nothing else happened around the site, although the azalea does get less sun on the back (dying) part of the plant. I have other azaleas in part shade that do fine so didn't think that would be the problem. Wondering if maybe the root ball wasn't opened up enough before planting.
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 19, 2017 6:32 PM CST
Is it a recent planting?
DC
smdc
Jul 20, 2017 9:03 AM CST
It was planted a few months ago in the Spring. It was very healthy when purchased from our area nursery (Behnkes), and flowered beautifully for awhile before this issue arose a few weeks back.
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jul 20, 2017 9:51 AM CST
I'm not real sure what's going there. Did you check the soil ph? They like acid soil 4.5-6.0 is best.
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smdc
Jul 21, 2017 10:07 AM CST
I haven't checked the soil acidity, but will give that a try. Thanks for your help.
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Sandyspada
Jul 4, 2018 9:14 AM CST
Were you able to resolve your problem? I've got the same thing going on.
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Name: Bill
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BigBill
Jul 4, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Any shrub needs to be deeply watered at the time of planting. You must make sure that you keep it well watered.
All plants suffer from transplant shock. But if you fail to provide proper watering, this may keep the plant stressed. A stressed plant is more susceptible to problems with insects and disease.
It does not need to be fed more then twice a year. I always had good luck with Mir-acid on my rhodies and azaleas. Soil acidity is very important too. The happier you make the plant, the less it gets stressed.
Mound up the soil around the root ball on the surface of the soil. That circular ring will hold water and let it really soak in. The stress of summer heat on newly planted shrubs can not be overstated! Good luck.
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sooby
Jul 4, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Sandyspada said:Were you able to resolve your problem? I've got the same thing going on.




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