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Gooseberry fruits turning brown, but I don't think mildew


On my Gooseberry bush the fruit were coming along nicely until this morning when I noticed some are turning brown as if they are going old.  They get a bit wrinkly rather than nice and plump.  I don't think it's like the mildew pictures I've been looking at, just seems to be they're rotting, but further on the same branch they look fine.  

See attached pictures, any idea whats going on?

Thanks for any help,


  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,976
    Are they droughted?
    Ours are still small and not as plump as yours. They are in a shade area and so don't have the constant lovely sunshine on them this year.
  • jon 183jon 183 Posts: 6
    Hello, thanks for the suggestion!

    I don't think so, I've been rather fastidious about watering through this recent amazing weather, and plenty of the other fruit on the bush are looking ok, it's really just about 5% perhaps with the issue, but I'm looking to head off a potential problem before losing the lot :)
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    edited June 2020
    I don't think it's too much to worry about, maybe they got attacked by some insects, just pluck them off, the plant looks good

    probably the most important lesson I've learnt so far is to plant in excess - that way any problems will be anticipated for as there are spares to cover the loss. And good soil, one of the hardest things to achieve for successful gardening
  • Jon did you find out the cause of this? My gooseberries are the same this year.
  • jon 183jon 183 Posts: 6
    Hi Dave,

    No not an answer as such, I just plucked all that looked sketchy off and still had a good bumper crop so was happy!

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