mold on azalea branches

Asked February 27, 2017, 1:16 PM EST

Have what appears as mold on the branches of my azalea bush. Not sure what to do about it. Do I cut off the affected branches now or wait until after it blooms. One source said it could be in the soil and to get rid of the plant. Has been a great bloomer for many years. Looks like a big snowball when in bloom. thank you, mike magnes ps will try to get a picture,not sure how do it.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania

1 Response

It's hard to know without pictures. One thing you can do is send a sample to the Penn State Plant Clinic for analysis. Here is a link to the plant clinic website. You can mail in your samples or take them to your local Penn State Extension to be sent in.

Here is a link to a Penn State publication on diseases of Azalea. Take a look at azalea gall to see what you think.