blueberry bushes seem to have a lot of buds on them at present but
they have slightly curly leaves that are red tinged on the ends,
though not burnt. I couldn't see any insects. The berries fell off
before maturing last season, and I only had a small crop. Is there
a way to stop that this year? I put sheep pellets on them as a compost-like
mixture so I do not know if they were too strong. I also have them
in tub soil mix and slow-release fertiliser.
is natural for new foliage to be slightly curly and tinged red at
this time of the year due to the cool temperatures. As temperatures
warm up, the red tinge should disappear and the foliage will not
be so curly.
The berries dropping
off is likely to be caused by insufficient watering at fruit set.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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