Is this mosaic virus?

RaistlynMay 14, 2013

Hi, i just moved into a house with a large garden that includes a few raspberry, gooseberry and red currant bushes.

The raspberry bushes dont seem to be doing well and i have no experience! Have uploaded a pic. Is this mosaic virus or just a deficiency in nutrients? I know the prevents tenants did not tend to the garden much. If its a virus, what should i do?


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Another pic from another bush

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 10:01AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I don't know if it's a virus but it could be a herbicide. Have you sprayed Roundup or anything else? Doesn't look like a nutrient issue.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 10:15AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

It looks like herbicide damage to me as well. Raspberries are very sensitive.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 10:17AM
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I wouldnt know as I just moved into the property and have no clue what the previous tenants used. I assumed they didnt bother much with the garden as the state of the lawn isnt the best to say the least. I doubt it is Roundup though.

My neighbour has a huge raspberry bush too and they are just barely 2 metres apart and not affected. Also, the other fruit bushes (gooseberries and redcurrants) that are planted side by side, are not affected.

If it really is herbicide damage, is there anything i can do to salvage them or should i just pull them out?


    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 10:24AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

A herbicide could have drifted in on the wind, like 2,4D. Just wait and the plant will likely recover from herbicide. If it's a virus it won't recover although the growth might look better later. A virus will stay in the plant and appear next year.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 10:37AM
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It is not mosaic virus; that causes multiple little pale spots to form on leaves, looking like a "mosaic" pattern.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 11:37PM
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