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Q.High-bush Blueberry Suddenly Dropped All Its Ripening Fruit And Lost Leaves!???

Zone zone 6b | jeffd added on July 8, 2024 | Answered

Hello all, We are in zone-6b Have a high-bush blueberry that was full of ripening fruit and overnite just dropped all its berries and leaves all fell off within 2 days.???!! This is a first for me. This plant is now several years old. Soil is good, watering is good. no pesticides applied anywhere around the area. No signs of insects on any of the bushes either. I have 3 other bushes within 5′ that are all doing great. Berries are ripe and harvesting. No signs of distress from those bushes at all. The stems on bush in question seem to have gone brown/red’ish (see picture attached for reference). Not sure what would cause such a drastic change for the worse with just one plant. Please advise if any thoughts. Thanks in advance,

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Answered on July 8, 2024

This is a difficult one. First, I would look towards root damage. There could be a pest whose nest is nearby. They could have caused root damage.

If it is sitting in a lower lying area than the rest, then you may want to test for diseases. Some cultivars have just enough variation to have less of an immune system than others. If this is the case then it might have not made it because of this.

Really, to get a good idea of what is actually going on, you may want to take samples to your nearest horticultural extension service.


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