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Fruit & Vegetable Problems

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)
Fruit/veg problems

Identify pest and disease problems on fruits and vegetables. Click on the links where appropriate to find out even more about prevention and control.


The most common of all pests and almost every plant from the smallest shrub to the tallest oak tree can be infested.

Further details on aphids.

Cabbage root fly

Affects the brassica family of cabbages, sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli.

Further details on cabbage root fly.

Carrot root fly

Larvae that bury into the roots of carrots, parsnips and celery.

Further details on carrot root fly.

Codling moth

Pale pink larvae that attack the fruit of apples and pears by burying into them.

Further details on codling moth.

Grey mould

This is an extremely common fungus and grows on many plants. As the name suggests a greyish fuzzy fungal growth develops over the infected area.

Further details on grey mould.

Peach leaf curl

A crippling fungal disease of peaches, nectarines, almonds and apricots that distorts leaves and causes premature leaf fall.

Further details on peach leaf curl.


Potato blight

First seen as brown blotches on the foliage of potatoes and outdoor tomatoes in wet summers. Affects storage of tubers and fruit.

Further details on potato blight.


The spores need a moist environment in which to prosper. The fungus develops mostly on leaves but also on stems. In appearance they can develop either as patches or as pustules (like septic spots).

Further details on rust.

Strawberry leaf spot

The spots can be of various colours - grey, brown or black. The spots are in fact dead leaf tissue caused by the fungus which spreads the disease.

Further details on strawberry leaf spot.

Tomato blight

Discolouration of the fruit, turning them brown.

Click here for further details.


These little pests set up home and live out their lives on the underside of leaves. As adults they are about 2mm long with white wings, which give them their name.

Further details on whitefly.


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