Rhododendron Plants
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Rhododendron leaves

Zone Nottingham | baileygirl41 added on September 15, 2016 | Answered

My rhododendron is a new plant but after 6 weeks the leaves are turning a very light green with a brown/tan residue on them. I have 2, both planted the same and the other is ok.

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Alisma
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Answered on September 15, 2016

Check whether your plant's symptoms match anything in this article:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/rhododendron/issues-with-rhododendrons.htm

Is the residue you mention something that can be brushed or washed off? If so, this could be powdery mildew. Unlike in most plants, powdery mildew in rhododendron appears brown or tan in color. Here is more information:

http://hortsense.cahnrs.wsu.edu/Public/FactsheetWeb.aspx?ProblemId=531

The pale green leaves are probably what's known as "chlorosis". This is often a sign of nutrient deficiencies or of soil pH that is too high for rhododendrons. Here is more information:

https://hort.purdue.edu/ext/chlorosis.html

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