What a disappointment it is to head out to pick a
few blueberries only to find them shriveled and dried. This is often the
act of the Mummy Berry Disease.
You will often see the symptoms begin as the infected flowers turn brown
and wither, much as if they had been frosted. Leaf and shoot growth
expanding from newly opened leaf buds is blackened in the center and
eventually wilts and dies. About 3 weeks after primary infection, a
brownish gray mass of spores develops on blighted flower stalks and
early berry development, diseased fruits look like healthy ones; if cut
open, however, the spongy white fungal growth is revealed. As berries
approach maturity, infected berries become a reddish buff or tan color
in contrast to the waxy green of healthy fruits. Many of the diseased
berries fall before healthy berries are harvested. Mature mummified
berries are gray, shriveled, and hard.
You can help avoid this disappointment by using Bonide's Fung-onil
Multiple-Purpose Fungicide. This fungicide is truly all purpose
and can be used on many of your other favorite plants to help prevent
other disease damage.
A little prevention this year can go a long way toward keeping your
garden growing healthy and your table full of yummy treats.
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