Growing Gooseberries

Gooseberry bushes may be grown on most types of soil and should be bought as two year olds with a good main stem long enough to keep the branches well above ground level. This will make mildew disease far easier to control if necessary.

Plant the young bushes in November in a shallow hole but wide enough for the roots to spread out. This fruit will readily establish itself and with light pruning each year will very soon be cropping heavily.

Pruning

For the next few years after planting it will simply be necessary to cut back the previous year’s growth by about half and to remove any new growth that tends to grow too near the ground.

Varieties:

Careless – Very large creamy white gooseberries which fruit heavily. Early to mid-season.

Leveller – Smooth skinned rich yellow dessert berry which grows well and crops heavily.

Whinham’s Industry – A large red dessert gooseberry with a good flavour.

Green gem – An early variety which fruits heavily and is easy to grow.

25. August 2013 by admin
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