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Are my blueberries dead or is this how they are supposed to look?

2 months ago

Hi I live in Newburyport, MA about 10 miles from the NH border (Zone 6). Last summer, I planted about 5 blueberry bushes (northern highbush) of different types (so they would cross pollinate) and I did all the things I thought I was supposed to do. I added hollytone, compost, good potting soil and I've put those soil acidifying pearls. They didn't really take off (although my expectations may be too high as this was the first year). I also sprinkled some of that blue hydrangea acid pearls (or whatever) at the drip line around the plants last week. When I did a soil test it looks like my PH is at about a 6. I don't think these are dead but can they be saved? They are supposed to be red because of cold weather or this a sign of a magnesium deficiency. Also should I be pruning something?

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