Black Berry Brambles Drying Up - Knowledgebase Question

St. Charles, Il
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Question by waydel
August 8, 2005
Every year numerous brambles on my Black Satin thornless blackberry bushes dry up as they are fruiting and yet there are nice new brambles flourishing. They get thourghly watered once or twice a week. Last year there were hardly any berries where as the previous year and this year all kinds of fruit. Do you know the reason for happening. Your help is appreciated. Thank you------- Wayne

Answer from NGA
August 8, 2005
Based on your description I am not certain what you are seeing. There are many different pests and diseases that could cause wilting of only certain canes. I would suggest you work with your county extension to try to diagnose what is affecting yours. If it is something that requires treatment they will have the most up to date recommendations for Illinois in terms of what can be used and how/when is best to apply it. In the meantime you may find the following information helpful, especially the pages on problems which include fairly detailed descriptions of the symptoms. It was developed for Pennsylvania but the information should be applicable in your area, too. Good luck with your blackberries!

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