My 15 year old azaleas are having problems (zone 5-6 new england/too much rain this summer and no sun until this week which is very humid). One is that a newly transplant (@6 weeks ago from a 15 yr old established) has the back half of the plant with curled leaves, the front is fine, the leaves are still green. Am not sure if I should prune away what appears to be stressed leading to dead areas.
A second problem is with 3 azaleas all in a row. One died completely after flowering (flowers budded but didn’t open, leaves turned brown, fell off, plant died). Another has leaves turning brown and looks to be almost dead. The last was in great shape and now appears to have yellowing leaves and looking peaked.
Am not sure if it’s my soil, a spreading fungus or just because I’m having such wonderful New England weather this summer and is messing up established gorgeous plants to rattle me!
Any suggestions would be wonderful.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.