Red Spots on Raspberry Leaves

Answered by Gavin Posted in Category Pest Control & Nature

Dear Harrod

Hi there today down the allotment my next plot neighbour asked me if I new what was on the leaves of her raspberries, it has lots of red spots.  Her row runs adjacent to mine where there are no spots on mine.

Can you tell with my short explanation what this is and if its likely to pass
on to my row?


Dear Willie

The one thing that springs to mind when you say red spots on Raspberry leaves is Anthracnose, its a fungal pathogen. It also attacks other parts of the plant later in the year when summer spores erupt.

You may find then that yours acquire the problem, but being grown so close to your neighbours and not showing any signs of attack yet it may well be that you have a resistant variety of which there are ones available.


Many thanks for your query, and hope this helps.


Kindest Regards

Gavin Hatt

Pest Control Expert

Harrod Horticultural

Meet the Author: Gavin Hatt
Gavin Hatt

Believe it or not I began my career as a cobbler, however, after 11 years in the trade I decided to pursue my boyhood dream of studying insects (this I had already been doing for much of my life!). Whilst studying towards this career change I applied for a part-time post in the entomology department at one of the UK's leading plant biological science research institutes. I was fortunate enough to secure the post, to which I have now occupied for 12 years full-time.


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