[NAFEX] Serviceberry & humidity

Dianne Stephany iluvdanc at rochester.rr.com
Fri May 25 13:01:52 EDT 2007

We planted 10 Downy serviceberry whips when we moved here in 2001.  We lost 
3 the first year (I sprayed to heavily with Deer-off) and 3 the second year, 
then one the third year.  The serviceberry plants died that were closest to 
the apples with the worse fireblight.   Two serviceberry plants that died 
had several limbs with the crook  sign of fireblight so it makes sense to me 
that high humidity  which encourages fireblight would be linked with 
serviceberry death. The remaining plants always look better after I have 
sprayed with neem or serenade (B. subtilis which suppresses fireblight).

We haven't had much of a crop yet to taste. The birds grab them fast. I do 
have one new plant  that was planted by a bird in a flower garden.  It has 
lots of flowers. Here's hoping for a taste of ripe fruit!

Dianne Stephany in  Rochester NY, zone 5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Fruth" <jfruth at tds.net>
To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 9:56 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Serviceberry & humidity

>    I keep reading about humidity being a problem with growing Serviceberry
> and wonder if humidity is getting an, undeserved, bad rap.  Minnesota
> Summers can be very humid and Serviceberry varieties thrive as landscape
> plants.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
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