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Olympia, WA
Jul 25, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Our blueberries are shriveling prior to ripening--pictures included. Geographic area: Puget Sound (blueberries do well here). Seasonal weather: we had a very wet Winter and Spring, and, so far, a very dry Summer, but have been watering daily (possibly too much). Disease control measures: none. Thoughts?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 26, 2017 11:19 AM CST
#1pot/pan you have them only looks to be 4 or so inches deep. I'm i right ? Bed should be at least 18 inches deep.
#2. Your drowning them watering everyday. Soil needs to dry to between 1 to 2 inches. Roots need air.
Right now. I would aerate with pitchfork or even a kitchen/bbq fork a few several inches down. Get some air to roots. Right now.
Then. Only water when top 1 to 2 inches of soil is fairly dry.
And then water deeply.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
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Olympia, WA
Jul 27, 2017 12:05 AM CST
Thanks! Yeah, I noted today how shallow the pots are that my mom has 'em in; made me think that they're quite possibly root bound. I'll aerate tomorrow, add more soil, and cut back on the water. Thanks again!


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