Common plant problems in the Atlanta area
Atlanta’s growing season provides plants with almost year around growth. Because of this long growing season pest populations can build to thresholds where plant damage can occur. The natural and man-manipulated environment in Atlanta can also cause stress and eventual decline in our landscapes and forests. The following is a list of some of the more common pests, cultural problems and environmental problems we may encounter year to year.


Azalea Leaf Bud Damage

If you have noticed a lighter than normal bloom on some of your azaleas, this is probably due to late freezes in March or April killing the flower buds before they bloomed. You’ll notice that in many cases you have some flowers on the bottom of the plants where the buds were more protected. In other cases most of the buds were damaged. Also the amount and pattern of damage was variable due to the variety of the plant and the location and microenvironment of where the plant was growing.

For the most part you'll see damage on Indica azaleas, but also on sensitive varieties such as Glacier and some pink varieties. The good news is that the plants will recover without any intervention other than normal pruning but remember this can happen every year depending upon the spring weather.

Freeze damaged bud top bud freeze damage on indica azaleas

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