Monday, June 6

Oh dear what can the matter be?

All is not well with our raspberries. We have a long row of canes down one side of our plot. There are two varieties Glen Ample an Tulameen.

This year the Glen Ample never grew as well as the Tulameen. The ends of the canes died back and the canes remained short but they were flowering and the bees were busy pollinating.

Then on our last plot visit half of the Glen Ample looked like this.
The bees were as baffled as us and were searching the dead flowers for something to browse.

The other half of the Glen Ample are still green and flowering but still not growing as well as Tulameen.


The photo below shows the difference in the height of the two varieties.
Will the mystery affliction continue down the line?


At least I managed to tidy up the All Gold autumn raspberries,

They still need the canes thinning out and there are still some inaccessible grass roots but the bed is looking more cared for. Maybe next year I can get round to replanting it!

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  1. The mystery affliction is even worse than one you recognise, isn't it? I hope it's not catching... If this was August, you'd say it looked like sun-scorch, but in early June I'm sure it's not!

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    1. It is, M!ark - if it had occurred after yesterday it could have been sun scorch!

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  2. Hope you figure out what it is before it spreads! Good luck, Sue

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  3. I hope you find out what the issue is, very worrying for you x

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    1. Mmm I would like to have some raspberries this year,

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  4. Could it be winter wet root death catching up on you in this warm weather.
    I am not very well up on raspberry virus to suggest virus

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    1. I did wonder that but they started off OK and I would have expected the other end of the row to be wetter.

      If I had manured or mulched I would have thought it was herbicide contamination.

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  5. It's hard to say by the photos but I have a feeling this is Phytophthora fragariae, fungus that hits strawberries and raspberries. On the first photo you can see leaves wilting from outside in like in this disease. Check the root on one of the canes, if the root is red then it is Phytophthora.

    Also research it quickly because if it is Phytophthora fragariae var rubi then you'll have to pull the infected canes out fast before it spreads and kills all raspberries.

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    1. I'll check the roots, Leanan thank you.

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  6. That's not good Sue. I assume it's not frost as it's past frost-time now and your other plants aren't affected. I hope you get to the bottom of the mystery and that it doesn't spread. Maybe the RHS could help you identify it?

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  7. I have heard that raspberries are particularly susceptible to viruses; fingers crossed that it's not one of those as I've heard they are hard to eliminate from the soil.

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    1. I've read that too, Margaret :-(

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  8. Oh...I do hope you get to sort the sudden affliction!xxx

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  9. Could it be blight do you think? Do hope you manage to limit the damage before it reaches your healthy plants.

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    1. I hadn't heard of raspberry blight before so I'll check the symptoms. The strange thing is how it suddenly stops along the row of canes.

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  10. I can't be of any help as I'm way too novice but I am truly sorry to see your canes in such a state after all your hard work.

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    1. I noticed today that some new shoots are coming from the base of some of the 'dead' canes.

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  11. That's a shame , I do hope you get to the bottom of it and it doesn't effect the other plants.
    Amanda xx

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    1. I think my next step is to cut out the stems, Amanda.

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  12. I really want to grow raspberry, but I don't know where I can find the plant here.

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    1. I hope that you find somewhere p, Endah.

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