Diagnosing soil issue?

Asked July 10, 2020, 9:04 AM EDT

Hi! I have 5 glossy black chokeberry shrubs that were planted late last summer, and three of them are progressively looking worse. The leaves on each branch seem to be shriveling then dying from the bottom up. I’m wondering if this could be an issue in the soil, such as harmful nematodes? And if so how can one accurately diagnose that? Thank you! Kristin

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

You shrubs could have some kind of root rot. If that is the case they will likely continue to decline. This would. It be caused by the soil but rather be in the plant when you purchased it. You mention you planted late last summer. I would suggest returning to the nursery you purchased them from to ask for replacement. Most reputable businesses do this if within the year and you have proof of purchase.