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Prevent Common Blackberry Diseases from Affecting Your Plants

It can be devastating; after all of the love and care that you put into caring for your plants, they get a disease. Sometimes the plant can be saved and other times, it can not. Every type of plant is susceptible to certain diseases and there are a number of blackberry diseases that affect the blackberry bushes.

The first thing that you need to know is that you want to prevent blackberry diseases. It is easier to prevent disease than try and eliminate them once they infect your blackberry bushes.

When you are preparing the area to plant your blackberry bushes, it is important to know that you should not plant any blackberries where you have previously grown tomatoes, potatoes, bulbs or peppers in the last three years. These plants may increase the likelihood of blackberry diseases. These types of plants may have been infected with diseases that could be very harmful to the blackberry plants.

Some of the common blackberry diseases are Tomato Ringspot virus, Blackberry Calico virus, Tobacco Streak virus, and Raspberry Bushy Dwarf virus. Generally speaking, if your blackberry plant has a virus, it will experience a decrease in berry production and vigor.

If your plant is suffering from the blackberry disease known as Raspberry Bushy Dwarf virus, the leaves will be have some bright yellow on them, and the leaves of the fruiting vanes may have a bleached look in the summer. The disease known as Blackberry Calico will cause faint yellow blotches on the leaves of the plant.

In order to protect your plants from blackberry diseases you should select high quality plants from a nursery with a good reputation. If you spot a plant in your garden that is infected with disease, remove it and destroy it immediately. And remove any wild blackberry trees that may be growing nearby.

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