Blueberries look shriveled

Melissa Gutilla
by Melissa Gutilla
I planted two different kinds of blueberry bushes this year and the blueberries look like they are shriveling. I haven't noticed anything wrong with the first bush but the second has had 2 different places of a marshmallow type substance on it. I removed it but have no idea what it is or if it is causing it. Any ideas?
  7 answers
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 09, 2014
    Shriveled berries sounds like the plant is not getting enough water. Does the marshmallow type substance come back after your remove it? Can you post a photo?
  • Melissa Gutilla Melissa Gutilla on Jun 09, 2014
    I just went out and looked at them. The one plant is doing great but the second one looks like the leaves may be falling off and all the fruit is drying up. I wanted to get a pic of the milky/marshmellow stuff but it's gone- we got a few showers today so it may have washed off. Here is a pic of the plant that looks very bad it does have new growth on one of the branches that looks very good.
  • It could be because you do not water it enough. Or a type of fungus blueberries can have. Also it might happen in just part of the plant, while the other side is Ok.
  • Melissa Gutilla Melissa Gutilla on Jun 10, 2014
    I looked at them today and it appears the leaves are changing colors and dropping off. I will post pics tomorrow but I'm thinking its some kind of disease.
    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 11, 2014
      @Melissa Gutilla Premature leaf drop sounds like it could be a fungal issue. I suggest you take some of the affected leaves, in a sealed plastic bag, to your local extension office.
  • Melissa Gutilla Melissa Gutilla on Jun 11, 2014
    I just read an article where the plant looked just like mine. It said to see if it pulls up easily it may need to be replanted with better soil because it's only using the soil etc that it came with and not letting the roots stretch out which is causing it to not get enough water or nutrients. I'm going to go get the soil it recommend and replant it and also pull the root ball apart some which i didn't do!
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    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 15, 2014
      @Melissa Gutilla Here's hoping that did the trick.
  • Melissa Gutilla Melissa Gutilla on Jun 15, 2014
    I'm hoping!! I really don't know how I missed that to start with. I think that was the last thing I planted that day after the garden, my grapes then the 2 blueberries. I mustve been a little tired!lol
  • Melissa Gutilla Melissa Gutilla on Jun 23, 2014
    Just an update the bush looks much better! It's just a shame I didn't figure it out sooner before I lost part of it. I do have a question--Do I leave the dead part or go ahead and cut it back now or wait until fall?
    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 24, 2014
      @Melissa Gutilla You can cut the dead part back now. Cut in stages and keep cutting until you see live wood.