Ask a Question forum: My Raspberry Shortcake NR7 is wilting and dying

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Adelanto, ca
Jun 14, 2017 1:50 PM CST
Hello, I have a raspberry shorthcake bush and it's been wilting and dying lately. Any ideas on what's wrong with this little guy?
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Name: June
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Jun 14, 2017 4:10 PM CST
Hi. The problem could be either too much or too little water. How often do you water the plant, and how much water do you give each time? Does excess water come out of the drainage hole at the base of the pot? Does the pot sit in water for any length of time? Does the soil in the pot feel wet, or dry, when you stick your finger into it before watering?
Name: Lin
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Jun 14, 2017 4:13 PM CST
I don't grow Thornless Raspberry (Rubus idaeus BrazelBerries® Raspberry Shortcake™) but my first thought was it looks like it needs water and when I enlarged your second photo, the soil does look quite dry.
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Adelanto, ca
Jun 15, 2017 12:30 PM CST
I was watering it daily. I would give it a soak till I saw water flowing out of the bottom. Im now trying to give it a day or more break. I dig in a little and the soil is still moist. Weather out here has been on and off hot and chill. Its about to get to triple digits this week. Do I bring it in?
Name: Sue
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Jun 15, 2017 1:51 PM CST

If a peat-based potting mix dries out it can be very difficult to re-wet. Check and see if the mix has pulled away from the edge of the pot leaving a gap. It kind of looks like it might have but had to tell from a pic. If it has, the water may be flowing through the pot but not being soaked up into the potting mix. Does the pot feel light or heavy when you pick it up? If it feels very light for its size then you can rehydrate the potting mix by soaking the rootball in a tub of water for a while. Going from the picture it does look dry but you can tell best by the weight of the pot. If it is heavy then dryness is not the problem.

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