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by DaisyM on April 04, 2005 01:18 AM
My mother-in-law asked me to post this. She has a red currant bush which comes in healthy each spring, but when it's time for the fruit to ripen, the green berries drop before they change colour. She said some of the leaves become slightly distorted (bumpy) as well. Does anyone know what the problem could be, and how she can treat it? I asked her if she seen any bugs on it, and she thinks she seen some small beige bugs on the under side of the leaf. Since, this bush is in her vegetable garden, she doesn't want to play around with heavy chemicals to treat it. Any suggestions???
by tkhooper on April 09, 2005 05:52 PM
Just a suggestion,

If you could get a picture of the bug and post it down in pests you might get some useful information. Many of the gardeners here are organic so their suggestions would be very spot on.

I wish I knew of something to help but I am a newbie gardener and am still learning everything.

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by weezie13 on April 11, 2005 03:55 PM
DaisyM,

Yes, a picture would be great...

Sounds like a bug or something maybe???

Let me see if the Buglady knows this one??

Weezie

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by weezie13 on April 11, 2005 04:13 PM
[Embarrassed] Almost forgot to ask,
Can you tell [gabby] us a bit more about the plant
and it's planting area...
That will maybe help us narrow it down a bit more. [teacher]

[critic] What kind of soil is it in..???
[critic] What watering practice's do you do to it?
ie; just rain, or over head watering or spray wand or drip???
[critic] What kind of fertilization you've used, if any?
[critic] What kind of sun exposure does it have?

Weezie

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by Buglady on April 11, 2005 05:36 PM
Could be many thing

eriophyid mites, virus, thrips, aphids, or just a physiological problem.

A photo would help. I grow currents too but have not had this problem.

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by DaisyM on April 12, 2005 02:10 AM
Thanks for all the replies. As far as I know her soil is regular garden soil. Her soil is a little heavier than mine, so I assume she has a bit more clay in hers. She uses water from the rain barrow, and of course it's watered when it rains. She uses no fertilizers on it, and sun exposure would be part sun. Each Spring, the bush starts out healthy and lush, her problem is the berries dropping when they're still green, and before they've had a chance to ripen. I was thinking to take in a leaf or two to a local greenhouse to see if they can identify any bugs or disease. That's all I can think of right now to help her, unless we buy her a new bush, which may end up with the same problem. Thanks again.
by weezie13 on April 12, 2005 04:12 AM
Daisy,
Can you get us a photo??? [dunno] ????
Weezie

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by obywan59 on April 12, 2005 06:50 PM
Aphids and spider mites can cause leaf deformities. It's possible they could be weakening the plant enough to cause fruit drop. Insecticidal soap, pyrethrins, and horticultural oils all work on both insects. Garden's Alive has an oil spray called Oil-Away that can be sprayed in summer. They also have Pyola which contains both pyrethrins and oil (canola). Lowe's and Wal-Mart should have Safer's Soap.
www.GardensAlive.com

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