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HighlandGardener
Jul 22, 2017 4:41 AM CST
Hello green thumbs, I have a problem.

My Blueberry plants, both in the first year of life, are suffering and I'm at a loss of what to do. The main problem is the condition of the leaves, it starts with dark spots on the leaf, they enlarge and turn brown and red, with dark mottling throughout. I live in a zone 7b, the balcony receives 6-8 hours of sunlight a day.

Secondly the new growth is startlingly pale and yellow, the Aphids are munching away on it but I'm using ladybugs I collected to control the numbers.

Lastly is my Tayberry Plant which stands beside the blueberry, one of its main stems has turned brown, though the foliage from that stem still looks healthy, possibly related to what is going on with the Blues?

Any and all help would be appreciated, even guesses x]

If more information is needed please don't hesitate to ask, these plants, along with the Raspberry will be going in my garden next year, but I would hate to introduce a disease.



Many Thanks and hopeful wishes

Sam
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Bonehead
Jul 22, 2017 9:59 AM CST
I have 6 blueberries but am not familiar with your problem. This link may be helpful, lots of photos:
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Jul 22, 2017 12:41 PM CST
HighlandGardener said:Hello green thumbs, I have a problem.

My Blueberry plants, both in the first year of life, are suffering and I'm at a loss of what to do. The main problem is the condition of the leaves, it starts with dark spots on the leaf, they enlarge and turn brown and red, with dark mottling throughout. I live in a zone 7b, the balcony receives 6-8 hours of sunlight a day.

Secondly the new growth is startlingly pale and yellow, the Aphids are munching away on it but I'm using ladybugs I collected to control the numbers.

Lastly is my Tayberry Plant which stands beside the blueberry, one of its main stems has turned brown, though the foliage from that stem still looks healthy, possibly related to what is going on with the Blues?

Any and all help would be appreciated, even guesses x]

If more information is needed please don't hesitate to ask, these plants, along with the Raspberry will be going in my garden next year, but I would hate to introduce a disease.
Many Thanks and hopeful wishes

Sam


Ok, best guesses...

1. Is the soil pH low enough for blueberries? They want 4.0-4.5. Holly or azalea acidifiers can solve that.
2. They like being in wet soil.
3. They want to be about 5' apart.




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