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May 3, 2020 5:55 PM CST
Would really love some help with why my holly buds ALL turned black and crispy. What went wrong? Planted last late summer.
May 4, 2020 1:35 AM CST
|Sometimes, cold weather can zap them. Since your plant is so new and its root system is not established, it may have aborted them. There are some diseases that can zap the berries but I did not see signs of browning of the leaves so that is good.
I am wondering though, why the leaves are not a darker green color... hmm... Maybe it was the camera, my monitor or maybe I am drinking too much coffee. Hee, hee, hee.
Make sure that the soil is not kept wet/soggy. If your soil were to be very alkaline and the soil was wet, it may have difficulty getting oxygen. Otherwise, if it is just simply too alkaline, I would give the soil something to acidify it. It is not clear that this is needed yet though. Look for leaves that turn light green or yellow and whose leaf veins remain dark green.
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