Rhododendron Care And Why Leaves Turn Brown And Curly

Question From: Hiram, Georgia, United States
Q: I planted a rhododendron in May and it was beautiful, I leave in GA and temperatures here are high 80's and now 90's. is planted in a corner where it gets enough sun and shade. The leaves are turning brown and curly, I can see green leaves under the almost dead ones, should I prune the ones that are dying? Could this be because of the hi temperatures? I don't want to over water it so I water it every other day. Please advise

A: Rhododendrons like their soil moist not sodden. They curl their leaves when in stress from both heat and cold. Rhodies form shallow roots and benefit from 3 to 4 inches of organic mulch. Excessive nitrogen fertiilzer can also damage the plant. Best to fertilize according to package directions in late fall or very early spring. I recommend Espoma Holly Tone. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy

Q: Nancy, Can I cut the dead leaves now or should I wait until the fall? thank you Lil

A: You may take the leaves off now . Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy