Q.Best nurseries to trust in buying fruit trees, berries
This summer I thought I bought a blackberry bush. At first the 2 twigs bore nothing for about 2 months, then suddenly sprouted stems and leaves that did not look like a blackberry or bear fruit. Not long after, it developed orange spots on all its stems and leaves which browned and fell off. Small black bugs were swarming on its parts. I am going to remove it. What are the orange spots and bugs? Do I need to purify my soil now? Many thanks.
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It sounds like these plants had multiple problems.
These links suggest two different possibilities, but regardless, I would carefully dispose of the plants.
I think your instincts are accurate regarding sterilizing your soil. Here's how to do that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/sterilizing-soil.htm
We don't recommend specific retailers, but I would certainly try to buy quality plants from an established garden nursery or plant outlet. That way you can return the plant if it's inferior, and you have the added benefit of garden experts who can help you with problems if they arise.