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Gooseberry Aphid Advice

Hi all,

I have never had any problems with sawfly or aphids affecting my gooseberries, however, last weekend I noticed one of my dormant plants was covered in what look like black aphids overwintering on the stems. The aphids cover all the stems. I scraped some off with a twig and am happy to rub them all off.

Any idea what these are likely to be and whether simply scraping these off will suffice in stopping the plants being attacked in spring time?
:D Thanks to MSE, I am mortgage free!:D


  • greyteam1959
    Don't think scrapping them off will work cos you will always leave some of the tiny little ones.
    I would say you will need to spray the plant with a general aphid killer.
    Or if you don't like chemicals mix up some washing up liquid & spray.
    Keep an eye out tho co the little b*ggers will be back if it stays mild.
  • Jnelhams
    Jnelhams Posts: 1,363 Forumite
    Talk to them very sternly and tell them to go away. If the Organic approach doesn't work, then Provado or similar spray from the Garden Centre should do the trick.
    My Mind wanders, if found please return.
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