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Grey mould on soft fruits


A thick layer of grey mould develops on soft fruits.

Find it on: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, loganberries, other fruit
Time to act: summer


Just as your fruits are beginning to ripen, grey mould (a fungus called botrytis) can ruin them. Small brown spots form on the skin, then spread over the whole fruit, turning it soft and brown. As the fruit deteriorates, a fuzzy grey layer of mould develops. The spores produced by the fungus can spread to other plants, infecting them through damaged skin. However, it's most infectious at flowering time, when spores, blown by the wind, enter open flowers and lie dormant until the fruits begin to swell.


A thick layer of grey mould develops on soft fruits.


The fungus survives on plant debris, so to reduce the risk of infection keep the soil clear around your soft fruit canes, and remove any damaged fruits.

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sedwards 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I have had a problem with tomato blight for the last three years, having just read an article ref Botrytis on Rasberries, could this be causing me my problem withe my toms.

ypacamgw1940 24/11/2011 at 15:29

can i transplant raspberry bushes and if so when would be the best time

welshman60 24/11/2011 at 15:29

i have treated my gooseberry bushes for fungus as recommended by the instructions on the bottle
my question now is "are the fruit now edible when they finally mature " or do i need to destroy the affected fruit?

CarmenM 09/11/2013 at 20:34

I have to tell someone....2 weeks ago I was clearing the last of the raspberries off my friend Dave's canes, and growing next to them he has some grape vines which he didn't think had been very successful. Peeking through the leaves were three very respectable bunches of black grapes! Delicious! This is on a VERY exposed hill in the slate mountains of North Wales!

Dovefromabove 09/11/2013 at 20:51

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