goosberries being attacked and stripped overnight

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Cheryl Osborne asked 12 years ago

A recurrent problem since getting the goosberry bush around 3 years ago. I sprayed it just as flower were beginning this year, but again with no apparent sign of disease or insects, the leaves were stripped bare in one day/night. Is there something I can do to avoid this problem next year or should I just get rid of the plant?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Gooseberry bushes are frequently stripped by gooseberry sawfly, the caterpillars of which grow rapidly, feeding at the centre of the bush and then strip the whole bush before leaving to pupate.

Not much to be done, the bushes are usually more than vigorous enough to recover.

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