Top is fine, bottom leaves are dying. help?


A question from a fellow grower:

I just started flowering my blueberry seeds and I have some questions I was hoping you’d be able to answer. I’m attaching some photos of the plant, and as you can see, the pistils and calyxes are growing fine on top. Also as you can see, the bottom leaves are dying. I trimmed the lowest leaves before my last repotting and topped the plant to get a higher yield from my colas. I don’t know what to do about these bottom leaves. I gave the plant food yesterday, and am hoping the leaves will bounce back with the proper nutrients. If they don’t, though, what should I do? Should I clip them? I know it’s bad to trim during flowering, but I don’t want the plant to be trying to support a dying part of the plant.


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Thanks for bumping this one up @tameka, I seem to have missed this one.


The tops of this plant look relatively very healthy. I might be seeing, maybe only a bit of over watering swell in the leaves?

The lower small leaves, those that are totally overshadowed from the larger leaves and foliage above and not getting much light, they will be pruned by the plant itself, and yellow and wither away, if this is the case you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Also, those leaves should practically fall off on their own, or at the slightest tug.

And yes, you don’t want the dead foliage lying around attracting critters or disease, so feel free to dispose of those leaves.


This just a normal reaction by the plant. I find that the plant uses up parts of itself, when necessary. That leaf may have just been low and deprive3d of light; So it died off, as if, over watered.

In middle to late bloom, this will happen more often as the plant uses the stored Nitrogen in the leaves.


I did not mean to imply that over watering was the cause of this leaf dying off.

It was just a side note of concern. But if they are being over watered, it looks like not too often, as the plant does look really healthy otherwise.

There is just the slightest bit of yellowing at the tips of the healthy leaves, so this might be something to be a little concerned about and keep an eye on. I’d be a little worried about giving it too much plant food. Those yellowing/browning leaf tips could be pointing to a “nutrient burn” or too much nutrients problem showing up just around the corner.