What is on these leaves?

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Brad Reddekopp, of Hazelton BC, sent the picture shown below, reporting:

Subject: White fuzzy growths on Saskatoon leaves

This has to do with wild Saskatoon berry bushes in north-west British Columbia. This year, I’ve noticed some strange, fuzzy white growths on the leaves and I’m wondering what they are.

Discussion ensued on Facebook before his submission to the Institute, suggesting spider mites or larval cocoons.

Our resident specialist, Erwin “Duke” Elsner, Small Fruit Educator with Michigan State University Extension, responded with:

Hi Brad,

I can’t tell for sure what you are seeing on the Saskatoon leaves, especially since I am only familiar with what infests them in Michigan, but…

Based on many years of investigating leaf deformities on many types of plants, I suspect the causal organism to be a small gall midge or gall wasp.  My hunch is a gall midge, because the growths look to have a natural opening which will later allow the insects to escape from the gall (gall wasps can chew their way out of galls, so they usually do not have a pre-made escape route).

These sorts of insects are often just curiosities, often having no significance to the growth of the plant.

–Duke Elsner

If anyone else has a good idea what this is, please let us all know.

Thank you for asking Brad. We do support wild varieties too.

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We Are Starting To See Saskatoon Berry Formation!

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photoJacque’s Orchard is seeing berries start to develop!

 

Edible berries are still probably a couple of weeks away, but we will try to keep you posted.

Making Saskatoon Berry Crisp

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Leah West shows us how to make saskatoon berry crisp.

Fresh berries are only a few weeks away!

Field of Flowering Saskatoons

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Rows of flowering saskatoons smaller

This field, at Saskatoon Michigan Farm and Nursery (Williamsburg, MI), was in full flower yesterday. It is beautiful to see, and makes ones mouth water in anticipation of the berries to follow in about a month.

It’s time to be preparing soil for this year’s crop!

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If you need information on pest and disease management, contact us soon.

The Saskatoons Are Here!

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Here is an article by Neil Moran, published May 1st, regarding the growing interest in saskatoon plants: The Saskatoons Are Here!

I am sorry to report that this article is not referring to the fruit. As of today, it’s still too early. Check in with us again come mid-late June to see who has berries ready to pick and/or purchase.

Saskatoons: A small fruit with big ambitions

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Check out Duke Elsner’s April 4 article about growing saskatoons at:Saskatoons: A small fruit with big ambitions