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I'm stumped at this point as to what is going on with a few encore azaleas I have, and 2 pjm elite rhododendrons. I'm getting the occasional branch on the azalea(maybe 2 or 3 out of the 20ish encores I have are doing this) I have just been pruining them out but I'm afraid I'm going to eventually prune them to nothing and I really need some help solving this. pictures are below. the azaleas are in the ground and the Rhodys were until I suspected some sort of root rot so I dig them up and threw them into containers about a month ago and they are basically frozen in time and not dying anymore but also not growing. All are less then 1 year in the ground. All are mounded up when planted atleast 1 to 2 inchs above soil line. I did fertilize 2 twice(probably shouldn't have done this) with low rates of hollytone. the rhododendrons that were removed and placed back into containers were on both the near and far side of the picture with the other 2 of the same rhododen which are doing great. The soil was heavily amended with pine bark soil conditioner and when I dig them up the ground was not at all wet but definitely had some moisture to it. The roots also looked fine. I'm just stumped at why the crispy orange on the azaleas on random branchs and why the wilting on rhododendrons? Fertilizer burn or Phytophthora was my first guess but again the ground was not at all wet and the soil was loose and well amended, they are all planted on a hillside as well. I did the hollytone twice but once was in early march and again right after flowers set both times a low rate. So confused any help would be greatly appreciated. first 3 pics are of azaleas and last 3 is of the pjm elite Rhodys(2 still remain in the ground and one was removed in front of and one behind those)