Blueberry bush problems

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  1. knuckledragger

    knuckledragger Well-Known Member

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    I'm new to much of this, but we planted blueberry bushes about a month ago and now they aren't looking too healthy. The edges of the leaves are turning brown and shriveling. We live in West TN and I planted them in a large hole with a mix of compost (containing a great deal of chicken manure, oak leaves, hay/straw from inside the goat barn), dirt, and peat moss. They are in full sun. What am I doing wrong and is there anything I can do to fix it?
     
  2. Rita

    Rita Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don't believe blueberries like a lot of fertilizer and perhaps the chicken manure etc. was too "hot" for them. Also are you watering them well especially since they are newly planted?
     

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    soil acidifier? water them well. Very well.
     
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    knuckledragger Well-Known Member

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    If the soil does have too much fertilizer and is too hot for them, what can I do to remedy that?
     
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    Danaus29 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dig them up, dig the fertile soil out of the hole, replant in a mix of peat, compost and sand.

    Yep, too much good stuff. Never amend blueberry soil with fertilizer or manure. it's ok as a very thin layer of top dressing but only after the bushes are established (usually 2 years from what I've read, and applied only in the spring).
     
  6. Fair Light

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    Sounds like too much fertilizer....or not enough water...also check your soil pH...needs to be between 4.5 - 5.5....
     
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    Azalea / Rhode food soil conditioner will acidify, sulfates, or peat moss will acidify. You should make sure the ph is within range prior to putting them back in the hole. In hindsight you shoulda prepped the holes and left them sit for a few months while monitoring the ph. Blueberries are finicky.

    Also how is the water drainage?
     
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    oregon woodsmok Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Aside from the need for acid soil, blueberries get sunburned very easily. They need to be acclimated to the sun very carefully.
     
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    When I planted my blueberry bushes last spring I treated the soil with sulpher to lower the ph. Soon after the leaves started turning brown. I guess I overdid it. After a few weeks I cut back the dead leaves and they recovered nicely. Another case of too much of a good thing,