Q How do I recognise currant and gooseberry leaf spot?
A Small dark-brown spots appear on the foliage of currants and gooseberries in early summer. The spots increase in size and quantity, and the infected leaves discolour and fall prematurely. If the infection is severe, the plant will be weakened and fruits may shrivel.
Caption: Currant and gooseberry leaf spot can weaken plants and cause poor crops
Q What can I do if my plants have currant and gooseberry leaf spot?
A Collect up fallen leaves to reduce the risk of disease carrying over from one year to the next. Keep the plant well watered and fed to reduce the impact of premature leaf fall.
Q How can I prevent currant and gooseberry leaf spot?
A Collect up and bin or burn fallen leaves promptly, as the fungus can overwinter on them. Keep plants well fed, watered and properly pruned. Grow resistant varieties, such as the blackcurrants 'Big Ben' and 'Black Reward' or redcurrant 'Rondom'.