The Q&A Archives: Blueberry bushes

Question: Hi. I bought 2 blueberry bushes from the Home Depot in Edgewood about a month ago. One of them is all brown and shriveled up now, although it has gotten plenty of water and it's PH is at 6. The other is still mostly green, but some of the leaves are starting to brown and shrivel, too. What could be the cause and can I remedy it before they completely die? Thanks for your help!

Answer: The symptoms you describe don't fit the common diseases of blueberries, so I'd venture it's a cultural problem. If the plants were growing under a screen or sun shade and you put them in full sunshine, that would explain the crispy leaves. Wet feet can cause browning of leaves, so water carefully, and try to keep splashing water off of the leaves. Water by throughly soaking the root mass, then allowing the soil to dry slightly before watering again. If the stems are healthy and there's no dieback of the shoots, the problem isn't serious and will probably fix itself. If tip dieback is evident, cut back the affected stems and remove the clippings from the garden. Adjust your watering practices and wait for the plant to recover.

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