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Name: Melanie McLean Brooks
Westminster, Co (Zone 6a)
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melaniemcbro
May 13, 2020 9:27 AM CST
I live in Denver, Colorado and just planted a raspberry bush that was purchased from Home Depot. We have clay soil, so I've amended it with compost. This is a new yard for me, so I have no idea what was done (if anything) to the soil before. I've did the soil test before ammending (around a ph 8) and after (now ph 7). Several of the leaves area shriveling / turning brown (see attached photos). Any ideas as to what this is and how to solve it? Thanks!


Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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oneeyeluke
May 14, 2020 5:55 AM CST
melanie, no photos. Raspberry plants prefer soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. and if you started with an 8 you will have to drop it hard. The best way to amend an alkaline soil like yours, is by adding peat moss which has a pH of 3.5 to 4. That will give you a perfect mix for your Raspberry plant. I hope you got a soil test from the soil lab and not tested with a soil probe. Soil probes are wrong most of the time.

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