Sad plant update

I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath to hear about our new discount azalea.  Well, now you can breath easy because I think I have identified the source of the little plant’s woes.  After an exhaustive (read five minute) Google search, I have concluded that it has a case of “winter burn” or “leaf scorch.”

Leaf Scorch. Photo from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Apparently this happens when the ground is frozen and the sun and/or wind dries out the leaves. The plant can’t replace the water the leaves are loosing since they can’t pull any water from the frozen soil, and the leaves end up partially crispy and dried out as a result.

Since azaleas are a dime a dozen around here, I don’t think that the North Carolina winters are too cold for this plant.  I suspect our new azalea may have suffered from shock and/or underwatering and/or exposure in it’s small pot.

As far as I can glean from the world wide web, the treatment for winter burn is…nothing.  So, we’re going to plant it, and see what happens. I’ll keep you updated.

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