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What is wrong with my blueberry bush?


This is my first post - hello everyone ????

I have 2 blueberry bushes. Both bought at the same time, both potted in same sized pots and both planted in acidic soil. One is thriving, however the one above appears to be rapidly dying and I'm not sure why.

They are around 5 years old and have never been moved from the spot where they have previously been happy.

What could be the cause? Can anyone help?


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    There are two things they hate - roots being allowed to dry out and waterlogging.  I suspect the latter in this case - I would lift the rootball from the pot and check the drainage holes aren't blocked.  Some ericaceous composts are also a bit too 'heavy' for them and sometimes have clumps which hold too much water.  Peat-based is better than loam-based ericaceous compost when it comes to blueberries.  A third possibility is vine weevil grubs which gives you another good reason to check the roots.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for your reply BobTheGardener.

    I will lift it out of the pot tomorrow and check it's roots and the drainage holes.

    i have checked for insects and signs of infection on the leaves and they just appear dry and brittle, no white spots or signs of insects on the plant leaves themselves. 

    Next port of call will be the roots and drainage check. Thanks for the advice.


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