Camellia Plants

Camellia With Black Leaves


arthur b added on March 3, 2012 | Answered

My Camellia is about 14 yrs. old. I have recently discovered that the leaves are coated with a black dull coating. Any suggestions on removal? The buds are just forming.


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Nikki
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Answered on March 3, 2012

This is sooty mold. It is a byproduct of a pest infestation, likely aphids or scale. This article will help you with getting rid of it:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm

Neem oil can also be effective. It will take care of both the pests responsible as well as the fungus. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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