Leafless Gooseberry Bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Islip, NY
Question by banddislip
December 17, 1999
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 from NGA
December 17, 1999


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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