My Barberry Are Dying

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Our bushes all seem to be dying. What bugs or diseases are common to this bush?

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Answer #2 ·'s Answer · If no insects are present at this time, and as long as the Barberry make it through this year you may want to do a systemic insecticide next Spring 2012. There's a season long systemic insecticide called Imidacloprid. Most garden centers carry it. Bayer, Fertilome, and many other chemical companies make the product. You can purchase it in liquid or granular form. The liquid is better and has a season long residual. The granular only works for 3 months... if I'm not mistaken.

Are the branches dying, or is it only the foliage looking bad? If it's only the foliage then the plants should survive and it's probably an insect probelm. If branches are dying it may be a fungus or disease. If so, prune off all of the dead branches. Remove all leaves from the ground around the plant. Spray a systemic fungicide. Fertilome carries a good product called Liquid Systemic Fungicide. There are others as well. Every garden center should have systemic fungicide.

Let me know if what I've suggested doesn't sound like the right solution.

Brooks Wilson)

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Answer #3 · Christina Baldwin's Answer · I planted Crimson Barberry bushes seven years ago. Every year they come back big and beautiful. But this spring they are having a hard time coming back. Some bushes have buds on them but, are still struggling to come back. I would hate to dig them up, because I've had them for a long time. Any suggestions would be great.)

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Answer #1 ·'s Answer · Hi Marilyn,

How long have they been planted? Are they browning from the bottom up or from the top down? Were they planted with the top of the root ball even or slightly above ground level? Was soil put on top of the rootball at the time of planting?

If you can give me a little more information I can probably help you to determine what's going on. Barberry are usually very disease and insect tolerant. Barberry are quick to shock, and possibly die, if they don't get enough water right after planting. If they are planted during the hot summer months, they will need heavy watering until the cooler Fall months. Once established they are very drought tolerant. In general, Barberry, have very few problems.

Brooks Wilson)

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Marilyn Sarka · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Plants are 6 to 7 yrs old. we've had plenty of water. Leaves have holes, as if something has been at them.

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