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    Default Xenia gooseberry

    Just a little help please, I have 4 Xenia gooseberry bushes full of fruit as they were last year a wonderful variety my question is why is one bush'es leaves turning red the fruit is looking grand as you know the fruit is a red one , any ideas please

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    It could be lack of moisture or a potash deficiency. Are they in the ground or pots?

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    I have them in tubs and the ground , i live right on the coast in suffolk, we have had plenty of rain

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    If it is one in a tub I would suggest moisture is the problem but if in the ground potash. Tubs need watering even if you have a lot of rain.
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    +Just a little help please I have 3 wonderful Xenia gooseberry bushes the fruit this year is bending my branches , my question is a small green catapillar is munching all my leaves bear it is a good job that the fruit has gone any idea what sought it is please ?

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    SAWFLY!!!!! You need to get rid of them ASAP. The only thing that I have found works is an systemic insecticide. Not that I like using it. Pick all the gooseberries first. If you don't get rid of them they will affect next years crop.
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    Roitelet's right, they are sawfly caterpillars. If you have only 3 bushes you could probably pick all the caterpillars off by hand. You do need to get rid of them because when the caterpillars are ready to pupate (make cocoons), they will drop to the ground and burrow into the soil under your bushes. The pupae spend the winter there, and next year when your bushes are in full leaf, the adult flies will emerge and lay their eggs on them again.

    And of course it won't just be one or two flies that lay eggs as it maybe was this year (after all those flies had to find your bushes), because the dozens that emerge won't have to go looking for gooseberry bushes, yours will be right there.

    I grow my few gooseberry bushes among lavender and so far the flies haven't found them. Putting weed suppressing membrane or thick layers of newspaper under the bushes so the caterpillars can't get down into the soil might help (or if they're already in the soil, next year they can't get out), but I've not tried it. I have a jostaberry in a different part of the garden which had caterpillars on this year and I hand picked them off, but that was easier 'cos no prickles
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    Don't talk to me about goosegogs... a blackbird has been pinching mine as they ripen, Total harvest from 3 bushes.... 14 gooseberries.
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