Vegetables and Fruit forum: Still hope or a goner?

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brozeus
May 26, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Purchased this blueberry. bush last year in early Fall (the variety escapes me at the moment). The stems look red, and not brittle, but no signs of leaf growth. Any chance this guy is just very late to put out leaves? I suspect this one is lost Sad


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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
May 26, 2017 6:45 PM CST
It still has a chance.
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CarolineScott
May 27, 2017 7:22 AM CST
I would keep watering it.
Blueberries like acidic soil , don't they?
I would add some peat moss to the soil.
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pepper23
May 27, 2017 7:57 AM CST
Or buy some soil acidifier. I use that on mine and they love it.

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ediblelandscapingsc
May 27, 2017 11:10 AM CST
scratch the bark on one of the limbs if it's green there is still hope if it's brown it's gone.
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Weedwhacker
May 27, 2017 7:11 PM CST
@brozeus , that doesn't actually look like a blueberry plant to me, but, assuming it is, I would add some soil sulfur and fertilize it with something like Miracid.
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brozeus
May 27, 2017 8:57 PM CST
I did add some acidifer last fall when planted, and gave it some fertilizer for acid loving plants earlier this spring.

@weedwhacker what does it look like to you? Since I bought it in fall, it didn't have any berries on it. I did buy from a local nursery that is pretty reputable.

@ediblelandscaping good tip- will give that a shot.
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Weedwhacker
May 27, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Well -- it looks a lot like red-twig dogwood to me.... Confused
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pepper23
May 27, 2017 9:40 PM CST
It does look like it. I have seen the twigs on mine turn red although I don't remember if they turned that red or not. Big clue will be when it leafs out again.
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brozeus
May 28, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Ahh, I can see why you would say that. The red isn't quite vibrant enough imo, and I'm fairly certain the leaves don't match. The leaves were smaller; looked and shaped very much like boxwood leaves.

@pepper23 IF it leafs out... Crossing Fingers!
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pepper23
May 28, 2017 3:27 PM CST
Looks like some swollen bud points on the stems so I think it still has a chance. Scratch the bark somewhere and see if it's green. If it's green it's still alive, just working on roots more than top growth. If it's brown, scratch other areas and if everywhere you scratch it's brown underneath the bark then it's dead. Any part that is dead go ahead and prune off.
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ediblelandscapingsc
May 28, 2017 8:17 PM CST
It's a blueberry I have one that does that too but it's only on dormant 1 year old wood which in the case of this plant looks to be a lot. did you break open the root ball when you planted the bush or just plop it in the raised bed?
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brozeus
May 28, 2017 9:28 PM CST
@pepper23 those buds are what gave me hope too, but they've been that way for some time with no further signs of growth

@ediblelandscapingsc I did break up the root ball when planting. Just kind of second nature now when planting anything purchased from a nursery.

I did scratch the bark today and didn't find anything resembling green anywhere on the plant. I have a pixie grape, also container planted, that basically did the same thing. Swollen buds but just stalled and never put out growth. It is also brown everywhere.

Sighing! think I lost them both. I'll give it another week or so just to get in to June proper, but definitely already preparing replacements.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
May 28, 2017 9:39 PM CST
My blueberries are all leafed out and flowering, so it seems yours would be at least showing some sign of doing so. Sad
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