The Q&A Archives: Leafless Gooseberry Bushes

Question: My gooseberry bushes for the last three years have had their leaves eaten by something just prior to harvest time (mid-summer). The berry are not affected and the plant re-generates leaves before the fall. How can I prevent this next year?

Answer: It is somewhat unusual for gooeseberries to be bothered by a pest, but various caterpillars, beetles and sawflies will occasionally attack a planting and can defoliate the bushes as you described. In order to control it, however, you need to identify it first. Your County Extension (727-7850) should be able to help you identify it and suggest the most up to date controls for whatever it turns out to be.

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