I think I read Hydrogen Peroxide could help for Anthracnose. Thank you! It was bred to develop strong stems to support such large flowers and … However, the second blooming in late summer is really ugly. Fertilizer burn is an excellent suggestion, but the symptoms from that usually develop on the edges of the leaves. From my… Read more », Hi Terence, I am so sorry to hear about your hydrangeas. I’m hoping it has just been over fertilized. I sprayed with an organic insecticide/miticide and cut back most leggy stems. Did this once a week for three weeks. I think you should prune off the infected leaves to keep the disease from spreading. Am I too late to save… Read more », Hi Pam, What distressing pictures! You may have to destroy your plants.… Read more ». I am worried that it would be too late to save it. Plants may die to the ground in harsh winters. They spots appear to have a hint of red and they start from the leaf tips. This rust only infects the smooth hydrangea, H. arborescens, and hemlock as its alternate host. Mancozeb might be a good one to try. If that doesn’t work, I would move onto a more aggressive insecticide, such as pyrethroids. Hi Ann, Thank you for providing that information! Not sure if it is due to the hot weather and causing the flower to burn. I will attach some pictures. I don’t know… Read more », Hi DLyn, Welcome back! That’s great that you were able to save them and have summer blooms. The plants are in direct sun light for 15+ hours day. Hi there Dr. Helga! Hi Victoria, I’m so sorry that your hydrangea is showing signs of disease. It might not be anything that you did wrong. Or added ammonium sulfate to turn the flowers blue? Annabelle Hydrangea … I just received these hydrangeas the day I sent them to you. I will try that. Now the outside temperature have gone up around 50-80 degrees, is that good for hydrangeas? Helga then returned to Cornell to obtain a PhD, studying one of the model systems of plant defense. This year I took a lot of the deadwood off early in spring. Thanks! The plants themselves look fine. 2) Is there grey fuzzy mold over the brown flowers? Please do keep us posted! I’ve treated with fungicide daconil, but haven’t seen any reduction in the lesions… I’m inclined to think it is due to over fertilization… I did use fertilizer spikes, what confuses me is that I have another limelight (a year older) that I also fertilized using spikes and it’s fine… they are planted next to each other, maybe 5 feet apart. I have stopped the spread and my the branches / leaves are growing green. Two are available from Amazon (and probably other places, too): Axozystrobin Thiphanate-methyl The other fungicides include paraffinic oil and fenarimol. Fifteen different viruses afflict hydrangeas! If you rub against the spots, do your hands turn rust colored? Dear Ruth, Diseases of Hydrangea Leaf spot diseases. I have not seen any white flies hanging around them, but we started noticing our Ruby Slippers with the same spots on lower leaves closer to the ground, after it has exploded with blooms this spring so when the fungicide didn’t work we looked to some other potential problems. I would suggest sending some leaves to your county extension office to see if they… Read more ». Hi Dlyn, I’m so sorry about the transformation of your hydrangea plants. i think the problem with your hydrangea flowers could be the amount of sun. Pick up any spotty leaves that have fallen and throw them out with the trash. My ydrangea is starting to bloom in some places, but on other branches it is all dead with a dark brown leaf. However, they got frost damage last winter from a freezing night because I forgot to bring them inside. I pruned them both back this spring and one of them is already growing some full leaves. Disease Leaf spot, powdery mildew and rust sometimes afflict "Annabelle" hydrangeas. My hydrangea has some illness that I cannot identify. There is an organic treatment called neem oil that might help. Hi Dan, Thank you so much for posting photos! The leaves of the plants were green and flourishing. We have a company coming to treat around the plant and hopefully save it! I’m sorry that your hydrangea plant is manifesting symptoms. Maybe Endless Summer (not sure): spring began well but leaves are again discolored, brown and dry. For HP that is 3%, add 1 cup to a gallon of water. Are the flowers okay? The other is to put mulch down. I planted one in my personal garden and it ended up being fine. They perform with little effort and bring so much spark to a dark corner. That is an excellent idea, especially since you know there are fungal pathogens right next to them. 70% rubbing alcohol or 10% bleach. You may notice … You should disinfect your pruning shears in 70% rubbing alcohol or 10% bleach. Try that and see if it works. It sounds like you want to use a natural treatment. A couple days after I planted them we had frost for about 3 mornings. You should probably apply a… Read more ». Fortunately, both diseases can be treated by the same fungicides: Chlorothalonil Thiophanate methyl Mycyclobutanil Sanitation can also help if… Read more ». Varieties that are tolerant to this virus are available. Actually, I don’t think it’s powdery mildew. Spots are normal on some hydrangea stems, but if they are new, that is definitely bad. Are the leaves folded and stuck together? ÎºÎ±Î¹ ÎºÎ±ÏÎ±ÏÎºÎµÏ Î® ÏÎ¿Ï ” Cosmos Pharmacy”. You can remove dead flowers, as soon as they become unattractive and clean up the overall shape of the plant. Fertilizing hydrangeas can cause the leaves to brown on hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are deciduous flowering shrubs that bloom from midsummer to fall. Give them 10-14 days to see an effect. Yesterday, I was shocked to find that my pride and joy seems to have (tentatively diagnosed using your site) a case of Anthracnose (?) The symptoms sound like the plant might have Phytophthora root rot – a hideous disease. Sulfur and copper can both act as fungicides and are effective against anthracnose on hydrangeas (except that you shouldn’t use the copper if it will be cool and moist). I’m still struggling to identify and therefore treat my two hydrangeas. Janet Waters. It is still small and today I went in the backyard where it is and noticed spots on many of the leaves as well as several leaves having large sections missing. The branches of Hydrangea 'Annabelle' bloom annually. Most are shrubs 1 to 3 meters tall, but some are small trees, and others lianas reaching up to 30 m (98 ft) by climbing up trees. © Ask the Experts, LLC. She holds a BS in agriculture from Cornell University, and an MS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. You could start with neem oil, which is readily available. Hydrangea macrophylla is the most susceptible. They all start to drying out from the end of the leaf. Maybe Helga can help with this hydrangea problem we are having now for the second year. Thank you for posting a picture! That could by Botrytis, a fungus that attacks both the flowers and leaves. I will continue to monitor the situation. Hydrangea (/ h aɪ ˈ d r eɪ n dʒ i ə /) common names hydrangea or hortensia, is a genus of 70–75 species of flowering plants native to Asia and the Americas. Panicle hydrangeas (H. paniculata and cvs., Z 4–8) Smooth hydrangeas (H. arborescens and cvs., Z 4–9) Cut back these shrubs in late winter before new growth begins; The smooth hydrangea is a rounded shrub with foliages that bears a round pointy bleached color and shape. Hi D’Lyn, Spots on the hydrangea … Helga George, PhD. They are permitted… Read more », Hi Helga… Look at the pic. I made an error in my post about my hydrangea problems. Today I had to clip the leaves off by 50%. As the lesions get larger, the leaves can turn yellow and fall off the plant. Anthracnose is a very common fungal disease in other plants, too. Your current temperatures would be fine for hydrangeas, but if the only partial shade is inside, I would go ahead and keep it inside. This is the time of year… Read more ». Hi Ruth, Hello from a former Delawarean! You should definitely remove the diseased tissues. We are rare on the West Coast. Too much sun can also cause the leaves to turn brown, so hopefully it’s not another fungus! We have noticed this most often on varieties of smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), including such varieties as Annabelle and Incrediball. I don’t know if it’s host specific for hydrangea. Did the other spray help at all? The 1st blooming in early June is always gorgeous! You should probably use… Read more ». Hi Eden, I’m sorry that your hydrangea is unhappy. I’m glad that you are bringing a company in. Also look… Read more ». Provide it with compost and granulated cow manure every year in the winter and early spring. Then spray the plants with a fungicide containing copper (unless it’s cool and wet). I will continue to treat the hydrangeas and try not to give up. Thank you so much! Hydrangea paniculata (Pee Gee or Panicle Hydrangeas) Prune this Hydrangea in late winter to keep the plants from becoming overgrown and encourage more new growth, more flower buds, and larger blooms. Mulched a week later. One is the four-lined plant bug, and the other is the tarnished plant bug. Thank you for your response and suggestions. Different chemicals are required to kill it. We have 4 hydrangeas that have done well for 10+ years. What do you think? If these are the problem, you can control them with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. Unlike many Hydrangea arborescens varieties, this well branched Hydrangea … Thank you for posting pictures. Plants that have been heavily fertilized are more likely to contract this common fungal pathogen. The mucus infests mostly hydrangea arborescens which are already weakened because of too little water or fertiliser. I have some doubts about using hydrogen peroxide to treat anthracnose. I’m so sorry to hear that. Thin inside the hydrangea making sure to disinfect your pruning shears. Had you just fertilized them by chance? Viral hydrangea diseases. Having trouble identifying what is going on. The infected areas would all have white patches in them. Plants are usually infected a month or two … They feel a little spongy. Hydrangea Diseases and Pests Printable PDF Click on images to see larger view Hydrangeas have few serious pest and disease problems that affect their health although there are several listed here that will cause cosmetic damage. Azaleas are unfortunately susceptible to anthracnose as well, Wende, transmitted by Colletotrichum acutatum. They were doing great with abundant nice green leaves and lots of flowers. Inspect them and any other hydrangea arborescens you may have like Incrediball ® or Invincibelle ® Spirit. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably Korea, China, and Japan. Thanks for your help. Hi Helga. I have some, including a variegated variety, that don’t look awful but not especially healthy either. Hi Tina! Panicle, arborscens, querciflora and anamola aren’t showing the spotting and mild leaf distortion. That type of browning looks like fertilizer damage to me. However, you can take steps to keep your plants from becoming infected: Have you encountered a disease on your hydrangea? I’ve gotten them from three suppliers in the past. Fortunately, this fungus usually doesn’t kill its hosts. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! The extraordinary shrub produces enormous spherical flower heads that contrast beautifully with the dark green foliage. That is a good way to tell whether the spots are due to a fungal rust infection or to something else. I really am delighted that your hydrangeas are coming back. Dear Julie, I can’t be sure, but one possibility is that the flowers later in the season are reacting to the hot midday to afternoon sun. However, that usually manifests as spots in the middle of the leaves rather than causing dead tissue around the edges of the leaves. Do you mist it? Hi Monica, I’m sorry your hydrangea is under siege. Thanks for asking. I recently purchased two Oakleaf hydrangeas from a local nursery. 2. Hi Angela! Hi Helga, my hydrangea Nikko has these abnormal spots on them. Are they in full sun, or do they get… Read more ». The foliage tends to decline considerably in dry conditions. Transmission can occur by knives, leaf contact, and insects like aphids. I hope it works out for you and look forward to your next update! The one that is all sticks was the one that was iffy last year and they have not bloomed in 2 years. Treating them with mancozeb should help protect them from the spread of anthracnose. But I’ll keep at it spraying every 7 days as instructed. I have hydrangea that I planted a year ago and they came back, however some leaves have a yellow discoloration. I’m not an expert on azaleas, but my guess would be that it is Cercospora leaf blight (caused by a fungus, too). Hi! The fungus exists in the soil and is moved onto the plant by overhead watering or rain. The pictures are a little small, but I think the problem might be a fungal disease called gray mold (Botrytis). This spring I removed all the dead flowers and leaves and I was surprised to see some new shoots and flower buds. However, once again, you can spread the virus with your tools. Hi Roger, Thanks for the status report! Provide it with compost and granulated cow manure every year in the winter and early spring. It looks like you caught it fairly early. Can you describe the fungus or post a picture of it? There is also some brown sap running from some cut branches. Have you been through a drought lately? They are turning black around the edges and have some black spots in the middle. I treated with an organic anti-fungal spray that seemed to help, but I noticed I had to use it more often than the every two weeks recommended on the bottle. Hydrangea aborescens is a large bushy North American shrub bearing a mixture of tiny fertile florets and larger more showy sterile ones, which fact have coloured bracts in place of petals. It is common from summer through fall. The stems got leggy last spring/summer just before the leaves became discolored. You can cut the bush each year until it's about 40 cm above ground … We have seen cat present around our flower beds. How about the leaf curl? Is this a viral disease, I wonder? Thank you. 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