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Caption: Botrytis shoot blight
Photo by: R.S. Byther
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Rhododendron : Botrytis shoot blight
(revision date: 2/25/2015)

Botrytis shoot blight is a fungal disease found on shoots in early spring. Symptoms of infection include brown, water-soaked spots on the shoots and masses of gray spores which may be formed on infected tissues. Infected shoots either bend over at the lesion or die back.
Management Options

Non-Chemical Management
  • Good air circulation is essential. Space plantings to allow good air flow and reduce humidity.
  • Avoid overhead watering where possible. If you must use overhead watering, limit to morning hours so foliage will dry during the day.
  • Prune out infected tissue, making cuts into healthy wood and disinfecting pruning tools between cuts.
  • Clean up and destroy any diseased material beneath plants.
Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

Chemical Management

Apply once in spring when symptoms are first noticed. Homeowners should not make foliar applications to trees over 10 ft tall. Consult a commercial pesticide applicator for treatment of trees and shrubs over 10 ft. tall.

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Caption: Botrytis shoot blight
Photo by: R.S. Byther