Real World Plant Doctor is Treating Azalea Lace Bugs

August 31st, 2014

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" />


The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition. The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website


 with Steve Falcioni, general manager of


proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.comproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.comDo some of your plants have silver looking leaves when before, they used to be green?


In most cases the green has completely disappeared from the leaf and you’re left with a leaf that looks a silvery bronze with blackish veins.



You can ignore it and wait for new leaves to appear, but in the meantime your plant is struggling to grow because the leaves now lack chlorophyll.

That’s the green stuff plants need to carry out photosynthesis.

Plant doctor is on the case today and we're treating Azalea Lace Bug.

Let’s find out what we can do out this problem….


proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.comThe Azalea Lace Bug (Stephanitis pyrioides), an insect originating from Japan, is a signicant pest of azaleas and rhododendrons in many regions of the world where these plants are cultivated.


The bug especially attacks plants growing in sunny, exposed situations.


Of course once you get that particular problem in your garden, the lace bugs then moves onto other plants in more shady parts of the garden as well.


If you don’t like spraying those plants even with organic controls, then you need to pull those plants out and put in something else that doesn’t need spraying.If you have any questions about Azalea lace bug or any bugs, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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