George Taber Azalea Plants

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  1. Azalea Leaves Chewed to Pieces
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  3. Azalea browning
Asked by Anonymous on August 26, 2011
Azalea Leaves Chewed to Pieces

I have several varieties of azaleas in a bed in front of my house, including George Taber. Only the George Taber’s are affected. The leaves are chewed to pieces. I have several old bushes. This past spring I planted three new bushes that I bought out of town. I barely had them in the ground when their leaves started being chewed. They are now almost stripped. I lived in Ft. Myers, Fl. I am pushing the southernmost area in which to grow azaleas. I have them planted under a semi-circle of oak trees and they are doing well. The formosas, southern charms, and coral bells have not been touched by whatever is eating the Tabers. I notice something is flying all around them – it has a black body. Don’t know if this is the culprit or not. Do you have any suggestions?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You have azalea lace bugs. They will eat the leaves of azalea plants. This article from University of Florida will help you with them: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/shrubs/azalea_lace_bug.htm

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Asked by Shep on April 17, 2015
Azalea Disease

My George Tabor azaleas have tiny rusty spots on old growth and new growth. This is second year, first year also had spots. Plants were 2.5 gal. when planted. They are healthy looking, but some are really spotted. I do not find any bugs.

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shelley
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds as if your azalea has rust. More information on rust can be found here:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/learn-about-plant-rust-disease-and-rust-treatment.htm

To keep the rust under control, you are going to want to remove and dispose the affected leaves and treat your plant with a fungicide, such as neem oil. Continue to remove leaves and treat the plant until all signs of the plant rust are gone. Furthermore, be very conscientious about watering - rust thrives in a wet environment so you will want to be careful not to overwater your plants.

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Asked by dsakakura on June 15, 2016
Azalea Browning

I have several George Taber Azaleas which are browning. This browning starts at the leave tips, eventually working down to the base of the leave, and finally killing the leaves. I have a couple Azaleas which have completely died off. Can you help me solve this problem?

Don S.

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LuvaLeigh
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would say that its a moisture issue. It does not look like a fungus and I do not see any pests. The leaves next to the brown ones look quite healthy. Up your watering and cut back the dead branches. Once they are back to healthy go ahead and fertilize in the fall.

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