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By Raine

Suffolk, United Kingdom Gb

help what has eaten all the leaves off my gooseberry bush not hardly any fruit was on it.raine



Caterpillars are the most likely culprits esp is the leaves are shredded looking. Look under the leaves for them - there may be a few dozen of them and quite small.

20 Jun, 2013


Gooseberry sawfly is the most likely culprit. Give the bush a high nitrogen feed and it will soon grow new leaves. The ones in the hedgerow along our lane suffer this every year and still produce fruit and grow well.

20 Jun, 2013


Ah yes Sawfly larvae are caterpillar-like but not caterpillars as such.

20 Jun, 2013


They are amazing - can strip a bush almost overnight. We used to use Derris dust on them before it became a NONO.
(I'm talking early 1950s here...)

20 Jun, 2013

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