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Gooseberries - what to do next?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:29 pm    Post subject: Gooseberries - what to do next? Reply with quote

Last year, having moved to our new place, we discovered under biblical amounts of undergrowth, a gooseberry bush. I guess it's quite old. We cleared around it, and this year we got a healthy crop - small fruit, but plentiful. I harvested them this afternoon.

Now the bush is totally bare - no leaves, nothing!

Will the leaves grow back? Should I prune it and when?

Your expert advice welcomed.....
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should.

Probably the leaves were striped by sawfly.
http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/goosesawfly.htm



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The leaveswill not grow back but the tips of the shoots may produce a small leaf or two. Shake the bush so that the sawflies fall off and collect them into a newspaper and leave them for the birds. failing that put a plastic mulch at tne base of the bush before next Spring so that the emerging sawfly will not be able to emerge. if you do not take control measures there will certainly be sawfly again next spring or even later this autumn.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with michael brenock
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