Saturday, July 16, 2011
The Tiny Surgeon
Gosh darn it. The other day I noticed the tops of my raspberry canes were starting to wilt. At first I thought it was bacterial wilt caused by the cucumber beetles, which are a big problem for us this time of year. I inspected the tops again today and amazingly, they snapped off with the slightest force. A closer look revealed two dark circles about a half inch apart around the base of where the wilting starts. It was the same on each cane affected. Always two circles and always a half inch apart.
Now the canes look like this. I hope they will go on to develop side shoots or else we can forget about eating raspberries this fall. Does anyone have any clue as to what is responsible for this and what their motive is?!