Over-watered blueberry (?)

adam211(8-Seattle)July 29, 2013

I'm not sure if I over-watered my blueberry bushes.

I bought my blueberries about a month or two ago. Hearing conflicting advice about when to plant, I decided to wait until October or so to plant them so as to not shock them. I intend to plant in a mix of about 1/3 native-soil+compost-mix, 1/3 peat, and 1/3 pine+fir bark (all I could find).

They are currently sitting in full sun. Well, so I've been watering regularly (every 1-3 days, often every other day) thinking I couldn't over-water since they are in well drained pots from the nursery. We've had some strong winds knock them over. Then it had been maybe 4 days since I watered, and a couple days ago we had some really strong winds again knock them over. I set them up then the next day I noticed they looked really horrible. I'm not sure the cause. Thinking they were dried out, I heavily watered them then set them in the back in the shade.

Does this look like over-water to you, or something else? I'm thinking maybe I should plant them right away to give them room to grow.

Irrecoverable? Two of them look pretty great, but are just starting to show the same symptoms of the other four.

The leaves are very crispy. Some have the brown "water" marks you see in this picture, The vast majority are very crispy, and about half of those are curling crispy.

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    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 10:38PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

From what you described I wouldn't say overwatered. If anything underwatered since you are in z8 and you say full sun and 4 days without water. In pots that size I would be watering everyday at least once. I would just keep them watered and hope they improve. I'm sure others will offer some suggestions.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 10:51PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

That's from not watering enough. Won't plant them now. Waiting is the right idea. They won't use much water now that the leaves are cooked. But keep them moist until fall then plant.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 11:20PM
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It was 2-4 days, probably 3 maybe 4. Surprised they looked that bad that fast. The water seems to stay in the pots pretty well, I watered them heavily yesterday and today they still felt quite moist, although I had moved them to the shade and it was less hot.

I'll keep watering. Thanks for your fast responses!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 11:26PM
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Potted blueberry shrubs need to be watered every day during the growing season. Maybe if the shrub was in a really big pot, with something added to the soil mix that had water retention properties, the interval could be extended beyond 24 hours. My potted shrubs are checked every day, and they need water every day.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 2:58PM
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I have some of that on my blueberries too, and it seems as if it has been raining every day or two. Blue berries are hard to grow, for me anyway.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 4:33PM
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