Dying azaleas

Asked August 20, 2017, 12:57 PM EDT

Our azaleas seem to be dying one branch at a time. The leaves dry up and turn Brown on affected branches. Keeps going until the entire shrub is dead. We're down to the last one.

Harris County Texas azaleas

1 Response

From the pictures, there may be a root rot affecting the movement of water and nutrients in the plant. Look at the base of the plant and see if there is a cracking or splitting of the bark at the soil line. If so, then there is a fungal pathogen that is causing the roots to rot. This can be caused by over-watering, or the mulch piled too high or too closely to the trunk of the plant.

Thanks for the question.