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Q.Why are my Blueberry bushes dying

Zone 27405 | Browneyes1325 added on May 27, 2019 | Answered

I have 2 blueberry bushes that are dying. The leaves and branches are turning brown. The bark is peeling and I don’t know what to do. Please help.

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Answered on May 27, 2019

They appear to have been overwatered. It looks like they are in a container, within a container. This will not allow to drainage, and therefore not allow proper evaporation.

You will have to allow them dry out fully between waterings. A moisture meter can help if you don't have a way to lift the containers to check the differences in wet and dry weight.

a teaspoon of WETTABLE SULFUR and a HANDFUL of DOLOMITIC LIME per container will help, or a fungicide such as one at this link: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-fungicides-in-garden.htm

You will also want to fertilize them with an appropriate fertilizer for blueberries once they recover. They are sensitive to nitrates, so ammonium sulfate is more appropriate. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/blueberries/blueberry-fertilizer.htm

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