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Gooseberry Plants

Gooseberry plants are the perfect choice for novices to grow. They produce a bountiful harvest of juicy berries, bursting with flavour. Let them flourish in full sun but offer them a bit of shade in warmer weather. With minimal effort you’ll have a healthy plant bearing flavoursome gooseberries to add to your soft fruit plant collection.

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Gooseberry plants – more info

You can reap the goodness of a gooseberry plant with minimal growing experience and effort. The sweet, tangy berries can be used for a variety of culinary creations, on their own or in combination with other homegrown delights such as strawberries.

When to pick gooseberries

You can pick gooseberries at different points in their growing cycle. A partial harvest in June will provide you with fruit suitable for making jams and sauces or for pie and tart fillings. Then, in July and August, you can pick the fully ripe gooseberries for maximum sweetness. Perfect for a summer fruit salad!

How to prune gooseberry bushes

Prune gooseberry plants during late winter to early spring while they’re dormant. Aim to create an open-centred, goblet-shaped bush with eight to ten main branches. Remove unproductive wood and ensure good air circulation to help prevent diseases and aid fruit ripening. Annual pruning is a must, and you can manage vigorous growth by cutting back by a quarter to a half.

Where to plant gooseberry bushes

Choose a sunny to partially shaded spot with well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil. Avoid waterlogged areas – it will help growth and prevent issues with wet feet when picking gooseberries! It’s also a good idea to give your gooseberry plant protection from late spring frosts during bud development.