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Native Azaleas

Richard L. Bitner , an anesthesiologist by trade, lectures on deciduous flowering plants at Longwood Gardens and is a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gold Medal Plant Award Committee.


  • Cindy Young July 21, 2010

    The poor bush. So beautiful in the spring, with its delicate purple flowers. Now looking very thirsty,leaves slightly curling,lil dots all over foliage,aphid looking creatures crawling,dusty looking under leaves,. This is not my bush. I’m ;iving in a handicapped housing unit.The bush is right outside my window. I love sitting at the window in the spring, watching the 747’s land on the delicate blossom. I moved in here last year, Ive been slowly feeding it a cocktail of; peat,miracle grow and used(well seasoned)coffee grounds.I am an avid porch gardner and always loved playing in the dirt.This bush is accessible to me. I’m looking forward to seeing what a well kept bush would produce. This azalea has a rhode on each side(to me looks had a deep red bud that never bloomed,the white one bloomed,mostly in center/middle of bush).What can I do to rectify this issue? I have never dealt with azaleas or rhodes this indepth before (mostly trimming).As this is not my property, I will be getting the owners permission to treat.What I have gotten from this site is to treat with insectacidle sop(such as safe brand) or horticultural oil.I will probably use the soap and water wash that I use on my tomatoe plants, as a homemade soapwash reccipe I found online, the only difference is the online recipe says to ad a little vegetable oil, this for me is hard to swallow as oil and water do not mix).Wish me luck… thank you

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