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Gooseberry is a plant which belongs to the Ribes genus.

Gooseberries can be sweet or tart, green, yellow ,pink, red or white. and the bushes can be trained to fit your situation.
The leaves are bright green and slightly shiny but deciduous, the stems woody and thorny. The berries can be large and sweet and eaten raw.
This is an easy soft fruit to grow that needs little attention and has a great yield even if you have room for only one bush

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow-green. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow-green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Lime green and   La Salle Green

Gooseberry is a flowering edible fruit perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate.

Gooseberry normally grows with a bush-like habit to a mature height of 1.20 metres (that's 3.90 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in early spring, followed by first harvests in mid summer.

Try planting Gooseberry if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

Invicta, hinnomaki red, Captivator, Hinnomaki yellow and Pixwell are some of the most popular varieties of Gooseberry for home gardeners to grow.

United Kingdom is believed to be where Gooseberry originates from.

As Gooseberry is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Gooseberry have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Gooseberry

Gooseberries fruit on older wood and at the base of new wood, so are pruned in the winter. Cut new growth back to two buds and remove crossing branches and those that give an open shape to the bush.
Cutting new growth in the summer by one third, will improve the crop.

Keep in mind when planting that Gooseberry is thought of as hardy, so Gooseberry will tend to go dormant or grow slowly over the winter months.

See our list of companion Plants for Gooseberry to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Gooseberry from seed

Grow more fruit bushes by cuttings

Transplanting Gooseberry

Gooseberries do not need full sun Select a moist by well drained spot and prepare the ground with rotted manure. Cordons can be planted closer than bushes that tend to spread, as the plant is pruned to an open shape

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Gooseberry is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Gooseberry

As the crop begins to be ready, harvest alternate fruit and use them in cooking, leaving the other berries to grow bigger and sweeter in a few weeks time, to use as desert gooseberries.
The fruit is easily frozen or can be made into jam

How long does Gooseberry take to grow?

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Gooseberry Folklore & Trivia

Gooseberries growing was very popular in Lancashire and resulted in many plant varieties and gardening clubs

Other names for Gooseberry

Ribes grossularia

Misspellings: Ribes hybr. grossulariaceae, Goseberry, Goosebery, Goosberry

Latest Gooseberry Reviews

  • Needs very little tending, grows wonderfully year on year. I have now split mine into two, hopefully the off shoot will establish as well as its parent and I can gift it to my sister in law.

    5 stars

    leafykitti about growing Gooseberry bush
  • Wow this is a lovely gooseberry… Deep red when ripe, sweet, but with that acidity that a gooseberry needs in the background. Perfect with yoghurt, or in a fool

    5 stars

    misskittin about growing Gooseberry "Hinnonmaki Red"

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