Azalea Plants

Azalea in Kansas Has Black Leaves and Buds


irishouse added on April 24, 2015 | Answered

The plant is new. We put it in a few weeks ago and the leaves are turning blackish and the new buds have black on them now. It is sitting in partial shade. Help, afraid it is dying.


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shelley
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on April 24, 2015

Given the presence of what I believe to be black sooty mold, I would inspect your azalea for an insect infestation by scale or aphids. More information on these pests and a recommended course of treatment can be found in the following articles:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/azalea/azalea-bark-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/homemade-aphid-control.htm

For more information on black sooty mold go here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm

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