Sick Rhododendron

Asked May 12, 2018, 5:37 PM EDT

There is something wrong with my rhododendron

Washington County Oregon sunburn rhododendrons water stress on rhodies

1 Response

Thank you for attaching the image of the damaged leaves on your rhododendron.

The rhododendron is not sick. Instead, those few leaves were sunburned last year.

To prevent a repeat of the same thing this year, water the shrub at least once a month, to about 8 inches deep.

And add mulch underneath the canopy to help retain moisture for the shallow roots. Choose between 3 to 4 inches of bark chips or 2 inches of bark dust.

Enjoy your garden!