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Rhodi looks sick...

owd potterowd potter teapot townPosts: 833
The leaf rosettes are drooping, and it looks sad. But it is in bud.
There are dark brown spots/patches on undersides of leaves.
It was magnificent last year, although I notice that the leaf rosettes were also downturned, maybe this is it's normal habit?.
Is there something wrong with this shrub, if so are the spots a cause or indicative of a problem? 
Would appreciate any comments and advice of any action I need to take?..
   
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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,225
    @owd potter Just bumping up your thread for you to see if anyone out there can help.
    It would be a shame to lose such a lovely plant.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555
    No personal experience of this either but I suspect it may have been stressed by the heat and drought last summer.   My inclination would be to make sure it isn't thirsty and give it a tonic of liquid sequestered iron at the roots and a foliar feed of Epsom salts diluted 15ml to 5 litres poured over the leaves.   These will help with any iron and magnesium deficiencies that weaken ericaceous plants.

    The RHS offers this info on rhodo diseases.  Scroll down and follow links as appropriate - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=573 
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  • owd potterowd potter teapot townPosts: 833
    edited February 2019
    Fran, thanks for the bump and Obelixx for the valuable advice and info.
    I would hate to lose it and will follow up accordingly.
    Owd
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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,225
     :)  Glad you got an answer  
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