sad Marion Berry plant

Asked March 21, 2020, 1:21 PM EDT

My Marion berry plant doesn't seem to be doing well: some of last year's post-pruning growth has died and most the the leaves don't look very healthy. It's 6 years old, and it has always done very well for us. Do Marion berries have off years? I have not fertilized it. Thanks for your help. Brian

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Berries do not have “off years,” but gardeners do! First, I’d suggest you read the following publication (yours are ‘trailing’): Unfortunately, I cannot see details on the leaves well enough to opine whether your plant has a leaf disease, but the coloration may be an indication of a nutrient deficiency perhaps caused by incorrect pH. Since the Extension offices are closed to the public, we cannot examine them. You might want to send a soil sample to one of the llabs listed in the following publication, and get their recommendations for amending the soil: And, you can send cane and leaf samples to the OSU Plant Clinic: Hope this is helpful!