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Q.What clear type gelatin substance killed this burning bush?

Zone Minnetonka, Minnesota | Kettemare added on June 9, 2019 | Answered

Planted a small burning bush three years ago. This spring noticed it had died. When pulled from the ground, found gelatin type particles attached to the roots. What would cause this?

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Answered on June 9, 2019

I don't think that it had anything to do with the death of the shrub, directly, but what they do may have played a role.

They look like moisture retention gel pieces, or polyacrylamide. They were likely placed in the original container to reduce the need to water. This would mean more drought tolerance to an already drought tolerant species, and probably contributed to there being too much water around the rootzone for too long.

They are quite susceptible to root rots, and will not need irrigation in most cases. Especially if there is polyacrylamide present.

I would treat the area with a TABLESPOON of WETTABLE SULFUR and a HANDFUL of DOLOMITIC LIME and letting that sit for about 2 to 4 weeks before replanting.

Here is a link that will offer more insight into other fungicides for you to use: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-fungicides-in-garden.htm

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