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
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
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