Pest Management

Many cultural methods such as pruning and sanitation practices will help in keeping disease organisms out of your plantings.

See basic cultural guidelines for the control of plant diseases under Pest Management.

To help prevent the introduction of currant mosaic virus and white pine blister rust, plant only disease-free stock. Try to obtain certified plants from a reputable nursery or agency. Locate the planting at least 1,000 feet from any wild currant or gooseberry bushes or white pine plantings.

Suggestions for Controlling Insect and Disease Problems

  • To control mildew, plant only multistem, well-rooted, one-year-old plants that are listed as resistant or tolerant to mildew.
  • Ribes spp. are the alternate host of white pine blister rust; use resistant varieties such as Consort.
  • Plant on a well-drained site.
  • In March, prune off and dispose of winter injuries--old, nonproductive canes and dry, dead wood.
  • To prevent leaf spots, rake the ground clean around each plant in early spring.
  • To prevent winter injury, do not overfertilize.
  • Remove insects by pruning when practical or by hand.
  • Spray when necessary. Table 10.1 provides information about pesticide use on gooseberries and currants.

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