blueberry blues

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Old 07-17-02, 05:24 PM
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blueberry blues

I transplanted some blue berry bushes this year.
They seemed to be fine. Growing well, flowering.
Producing berries. then suddenly all the berries
shriveled up and now the plant itself is browning.
I fertilized with Miracid to help the acidity of
the soil and I keep the soil moist but not wet.
the soil drains well. What could the problem be.
Should I cut the stems back. should I use more
fertilizer. I did use mulch when I planted them.
Any help is appreciated.
thanks, Anita
 
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Old 07-17-02, 08:33 PM
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Call County AG, Agent, or buy local

Hi anita44,

This is a question best answered by the County AG Agent I think. I had 74 Blueberries plants just die for no apparent reason.

The long and short of it was we had to fight a blight brought in on the plants themselves. Two types we tried and one plant is still alive at 2 foot tall.

I was given advice to find my Blueberry plants form a local source, and not to buy them from out of state sources.

My County AG Agent just said, wrong variety for my Zone. I wonder about that.

When we cut them back they died sooner so I don't know what to say about that.
Did you get your bushes localy? If you feed them hold the nitrogen down as you want a good root system now.

Let us know what you find out, I would like to get some going also, loosing 74 plants is quite a sting to go through twice.

Marturo
 
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Old 07-18-02, 07:28 AM
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I moved the plants from my old house to the new house only 8 miles away. They were approximately
5 year old plants. But still quite small.
I brought a good root ball with them and planted same. Thanks for the help. Anita
 
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Old 07-18-02, 04:21 PM
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Timing

What time of year did you transplant?
 
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Old 07-18-02, 08:41 PM
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It was April but I don't remember if it was early or late April. They were growing well and bloomed. Thanks
 
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Old 07-18-02, 08:59 PM
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Smile Everything was done right.

Hi anita44,

It sure looks as if you did everything right. You mention cutting them back. Have you suffered much limb loss? If so how far back are they dead?

I am just starting to focus on fruit as I get older. The many things I have been learning is with Fruit and briers you have to worry more about Blights, Viruses, & insects that bore into roots and trunks.

I would reccomend a search on Blueberry cultivation or Diseases.

This is the bad part of growing plants that aren't replaced every year. I used Holly Tone from Espoma & my soil was perfect for blueberries.

Have you seen any of the same symtoms on any of the Mother plants over the years? Have you pulled one of the worst to look at the root development? Or lack of a good root systems that's worth looking at also.

I wish you the best & perhaps someone else will have the answer you need to this problem.

Marturo
 
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