Gooseberries -- blossoms then rot before fruit
I'm hoping members of this forum can help me with a gooseberry problem.
Every years I get many blossoms, but the fruit never gets a toe hold because it seems to get some sort of blight or fungus or damping off. The blossoms open, then turn brown and dark before any fruit can develop. One year I got a single unripe berry.
The location of the plants is on a somewhat northerly slope that gets about 7 hours of sunlight and usually a breeze. I even potted some plants in a large pot thinking that would help as I put the pot into an area with more sun. Same thing.
Before I yank the rest of the thorny devils out of the ground, is there anything I can use or do to get fruit? Any fungicide that is safe for edibles? The leaves look fine. I gave some to a neighbor with more sunlight and she gets berries as well as currents from her other ribes plants.
Thanks for any suggestions. I'd like the berries for cooking and the birds would like a taste as well. And, I should say that I got the plants years ago from a farmer a few towns over. He seemed to have similar conditions and got berries.
I may have some photos somewhere on disk, but cannot get them now. I'm also having some login problems, but will try to follow up.