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Gooseberry pests

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My gooseberry had deformed leaves. I change the potting mix after reading that they like poor soil and low nutrients. I water it every day and I sprayed for mites using Yates nature’s way natrasoap pest spray. Even after that the leaves are still deformed. This has going on for two months. Any ideas?
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9th February 2018 4:01pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Step

This may sound counter productive but some garden gurus advocate situating gooseberries in a windy spot to get rid of the pests and diseases that's been bothering them. You're right about the poor soil condition because the more food you give them means more succulent growth for the pest to eat. It's up to you if you want to try the windy site technique.

Happy gardening :-)
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Step says...
Thank you anything's worth trying
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David01 says...
Hi Step,

I found Yates and home made oil/soap pest or white oil etc. sprays does not work well and sometimes burn/damage the leaves. I make my own spray and it works to all the mites and small insects. The formula is simple: 1 part Alcohol (70%) and 3 part tap water. The ratio can be varied from 1:2 to 1:6 depends on leaf sensitivity or size of insects but for Gooseberry ratio 1:3 is fine. Insects will be killed quickly when they in contact with alcohol. As alcohol will evaporate in few minutes so it will not cause any burn/damages the leaves. You can get 70% Alcohol from Chemist. Cheers
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