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PostPosted: Sat 04 Jul , 2020 1:59 am 
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They do sound like aphids, but I have no idea beyond that.

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PostPosted: Sun 05 Jul , 2020 5:39 am 
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Yeah, aphids can be a big problem on blackcurrants. You could try regular spraying with soapy water if you don't want to use an insecticide. As to no fruit, the plants produce fruit on the previous year's growth, so I hope you haven't pruned the old wood out too soon?

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PostPosted: Sun 05 Jul , 2020 1:48 pm 
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I don't think I've overpruned it. In the spring it was full of yellow blossoms, so I assumed that each of them would develop into a clump of berries. The blossoms are gone, and there are only a couple of unripe berries on the whole plant.

I've been giving it a good spraying with soapy water once a day since I noticed the little green bugs. I doubt if I'm getting the whole thing in one session, since there are so many branches. It's probably too late for this year, but I'll make a point of starting a daily spraying next spring as soon as the leaves appear.

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 Post subject: Re: Gardening
PostPosted: Mon 06 Jul , 2020 6:22 am 
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Sounds like you're doing the right things. I just saw this quick-tip video on Gardeners' World...she says it may be down to frost?

https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/solve-problems/why-wont-my-blackcurrant-flower-or-fruit/

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Jul , 2020 12:04 am 
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Well, that's possible. I guess I'll try to get my hands on some horticultural fleece to cover it, just in case.

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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jul , 2020 2:10 pm 
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I spray and spray it with soapy water every day. But since this year's harvest is probably a lost cause, should I just let nature run its course for the rest of year, and restart treatment early next spring?

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PostPosted: Fri 10 Jul , 2020 9:25 pm 
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I'm no expert, really! If you've got currant blister aphids the article I just found says they return in the Autumn to lay their eggs... :uhoh:

Here's another article that mentions the different types of aphids you might have on blackcurrants:

https://gardening.which.co.uk/hc/en-gb/articles/115001010649-Aphids-on-soft-fruit

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