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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