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Old 05-17-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Help! The blackberry plants I planted several weeks ago aren't looking too good. Our clay soil here is acidic so I thought they'd thrive! But I must not be doing something right!

They are still getting blooms and the berries are ripening but the edges of the leaves are turning brown and the new leaves are shriveling and turning brown, too. I'm watering moderately and the ground is moist -- I have a good layer of mulch around each plant. A few days ago, I added some fruit and vegetable food.

They're not dying but they're not thriving. Suggestions, please?!
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:45 PM
 
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I found some info here: EB1640 Growing Small Fruits for the Home Garden
They can get red mites and fungus.
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Old 05-17-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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Sounds like you might be overwatering. Make sure the soil has a chance to dry a little between waterings. A deep soaking watering is preferably to frequent light waterings.
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Thanks, y'all!!! I'm going to try a few more things, including removing the mulch. Maybe that's keeping too much moisture in?
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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Rtom45, I think you were right on the money. Since I removed the mulch and quit fussing over the plants, new leaves and shoots are starting to grow! Yay!!!!!! LOL, I'm glad the plants gave me a warning before root rot set in and they bit the dust! Thanks!!!!
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