Gooseberry powdery mildew is a really serious problemwhich should be approached with caution. To poison plants with chemistry is not always convenient, since the fruits are sung quite quickly, and other methods do not always help. So what should summer residents use in the fight against gooseberry powdery mildew?
Today, experts are ready to solve the problems with plant diseases and pests “on a turn-key basis”, and therefore we really hope that our efforts will help each of our readers.
Signs of powdery mildew on gooseberries
Recognizing a serious disease of a cultivated plant is very simple, you just need to pay attention to the bush and berries in time.
The fruits are covered with a white coating or a light white-yellow film, which dries up and turns into thicker formations that affect the entire surface. Powdery mildew can also pass to the leaves, but more often it is found on shrubs of currant.
Gooseberries under the influence of a dangerous disease change in shape, become smaller, develop poorly and dry out, and the leaves curl, dry and lead the plant to death.
In connection with the rapid development of the disease, it should be combated very actively, otherwise the lesions can spread not only to one bush and spoil its crop, but also spread to nearby plants, which will deprive you of the entire crop.
Powdery mildew can attack gooseberries from other plants, for example, from currants, strawberries and others, but it often happens that the causative agent of the disease simply hibernates in the soil and moves to plants in a favorable period.
How to protect plants from powdery mildew
There are many preventative methods, which we have already talked about in a number of articles that addressed the topic of powdery mildew on shrubs and trees (for example, apple trees), vegetable crops, and even flowers. But the main problem is that many summer residents are in no hurry to carry out prevention, but are ready to poison plants and the ground already at the moment when diseases or pests are in the active phase.
But you can prevent problems, and do it better in the following ways:
- Try to keep the site as clean as possible from weeds, to clean the overgrowth, mowed plants in time, to prevent pollution and thickening;
- To choose for planting only healthy and strong plants, necessarily adapted to the region of planting;
- Cut and form plants, remove from the territory of the garden or even the entire summer cottage the removed branches and plants, burn them outside the territory;
- Try to clean the area after leaf fall, clean the soil (cultural mulching and warming are not considered here).
How to deal with powdery mildew on gooseberries
It is far from a fact that preventive measures will help to completely resolve the issue. Or it may just happen that the disease comes from the other side of the garden that you haven’t processed, or even from neighbors who don’t do gardening at all. In general, the problem is real even with the closest attention, and therefore we need safe methods to deal with it.
A solution of copper sulfate, namely a mixture of 80 g per bucket of water, is recommended for use in the treatment of plants and soil in early spring, even before the buds open. It is desirable to carry out the treatment from the sprayer, very carefully.
Gooseberry treatment with soap and soda
You can spray and after flowering gooseberries. To do this, dissolve 50-60 g of soda ash in a bucket of water and add a little grated laundry soap, so that the solution is thicker and sticks well. Here you can already use a broom for processing.
Powdery Mildew Solution
Pre-treatment of gooseberries or in the early stages of the disease can also be carried out using a very weak solution of potassium permanganate, up to 1.5 g per bucket of water.
Treatment of gooseberries with mullein solution
Mullein solution specially prepared and infused for 3-4 days will also help to cope with the disease. It is only necessary to take a fresh mullein and dilute it with clean water, 1: 3, then insist and dilute it again, also, 1: 3. Spraying plants is not very plentiful, but carefully, preferably with a simple broom, every week.
Gooseberry ash treatment
Spraying with a solution of wood ash is considered very effective, and most importantly, safe for plants and humans.
To prepare a powder for powdery mildew, you need to carry out a whole ritual, but it is quite simple. Immediately 1 kg of clean and, preferably, sifted ash is dissolved in a bucket of heated water. The resulting solution is stirred once a day and insisted for 4-7 days.
On the last day, the solution is not stirred, but allowed to settle well, after which it is very carefully poured into another container, without sediment. You can add a little grated laundry soap here, dissolve it well and treat the plants through a sprayer.
Spraying should be carried out in the evening, in calm weather, carefully treating all the leaves and shoots. The remaining mixture can be supplemented with water and water the plants to kill all unnecessary in the soil.
Any treatment is recommended in advance, even before the plant begins to hurt!
Proper gooseberry care
Fight powdery mildew on gooseberry bushes possible, and it is extremely effective, if on time. If not, it will be necessary to more carefully prepare for spraying, produce it more often, or even completely, to carry out the treatment with chemical agents.