Blueberry Bushes

dying blueberries

Zone 4 | greenmom added on July 10, 2012 | Answered

I planted 6 blueberry bushes last year and they looked great this spring but not so much now. Many of the leaves are are dried out and dying. They have spots on them and look like they haven't been watered enough (which they should be getting enough of). Suggestions?

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    Answered on July 11, 2012

    The bushes could be affected by a pest of some kind or even a fungus, which can be treated with neem oil. Here is more information:

    There may also be air pockets in the soil which are causing the roots to dry out. Step firmly around the base of the plants to collapse any air pockets. I would also flood the area with water, meaning leave the hose running at a medium speed for about 20-30 minutes. This will help to further collapse any pockets in the soil.

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