Gooseberries: diseases and their treatment, disease prevention
As a decorative and berry cropgooseberries have long been known as in Europe, where it was more often used to create impenetrable hedges, and in Russia, where for centuries its folk selection was conducted. Having been an almost obligatory attribute of landlord estates, this culture is gaining popularity, conquering modern garden plots. Moreover, more and more opportunities to choose a variety to taste, even without thorns. Little affects gooseberry disease, and care for it is the same as for currants (it is described below). The main thing is that everything should be done in due time. And now more.
Gooseberry. Diseases and their treatment: several secrets of gardeners
Although gooseberries are considered unpretentious crops, still adherence to certain rules will reduce the possibility of diseases and pest damage. So, when choosing a landing site, it is better to prefer:
- Loamy soils (or sandy loamy soils) under condition of periodic loosening and application of fertilizers;
- low groundwater level (not more than one and a half meters) and low acidity;
- the distance between the bushes is not less than a meter, and to the nearest trees not less than two.
Gooseberry. Diseases and their treatment: prevention of diseases in plants
Soil on the selected site should be cleared ofweeds. In addition, you should not plant gooseberries after currants or raspberries due to common pests that may persist for some time in plant residues. Activities for the necessary care are as follows:
- soil cleansing from weeds (one of the preventive measures of pest control);
- mandatory pruning during the rest period (late autumn or early spring).
Quality cutting helps completeillumination of the bush by the sun, which in turn prevents the development of fungal diseases. The lower branches should not lie on the ground, but be placed on special supports. The fight against gooseberry diseases should begin with the preparation of the soil for planting. Since almost all diseases and pests of the bush are similar to those of currants, then when signs of damage to one of the crops appear, one should carry out the necessary measures with a different kind of garden plants. For preventive maintenance necessarily spend gathering and burning of foliage and cut out shoots, especially if there are signs of defeat.
Gooseberries: diseases and their treatment