[NAFEX] Sudden Blueberry Death
friendly27sw at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 22 13:09:50 EDT 2007
You might check for cankers too just above the branch
that's still alive. No personal experience on that
one but they do get a fungal canker sometimes. My
raspberries haven't gotten the cane borers (yet!) but
I do get a fungal canker that girdles them sometimes
when they start to ripen like Jim describes. Most of
mine get heavy dews at night and no sun until about
9:30 AM which is a recipe for disease problems if you
don't bother with any fungicides.
--- Jim Fruth <jfruth at tds.net> wrote:
> An identical event happens in raspberries.
> Beautiful berries starting
> to ripen when.......................suddenly, the
> stem dries, leaves turn
> brown and the berries stop ripening. A raspberry
> crown borer does it.
> Could there be a blueberry crown borer too?
> Someone suggested root rot;
> if it is not root rot, check for a borer.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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> > It suddenly died, mid-fruiting. The berries were
> just getting blue, and
> > over a matter of days the entire plant browned,
> dried out and seemingly
> > died. All the leaves are a leathery tan color,
> and on the plant are
> > little dehydrated blueberries. Its neighbor
> plant, also about 10 years
> > old, is going strong, and producing yummies. Both
> plants are in
> > planters, in fog belt of San Francisco CA, and
> have never really been
> > fertilized at all.
> > What could have befallen plant number 1, and is
> plant number 2 at risk?
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