Gardening Questions And Answers
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. Keep plants well fed, watered and properly pruned.
Best Varieties Ben Sarek is supposed to be the best variety for growing in a container. This is because it is compact, ideal to be grown in the container. Moreover, it needs less pruning. If you are passionate about bigger fruits, you can choose Big Ben, Ben Conan and Goliath, or even Laxtons Giant.
Wax currant is a compact but erect, many-branched, fragrant shrub that grows about four feet tall. The waxy, gray-green leaves are fan-shaped, generally in three to five less-defined lobes with gently scalloped edges. Wax currant provides food and cover for wildlife. Chickadees and other birds eat the fruit.
Remove any buds or shoots sprouting from the first 10cm (4in) above the soil to maintain the leg. Red and white currants will fruit at the base of shoots, known as ‘laterals’, that grow out from the main branches. Prune in winter to leave between eight and ten healthy, strong main branches each year.
Powdery mildew (Podosphaera mors-uvae): This fungal disease overwinters on currant and gooseberry twigs. In early summer, a whitish, powdery growth appears on the surface of leaves, shoots, and branch tips. Infected berries become cracked and may shatter. Later in summer, the growth may turn from white to brown.