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Gooseberries (Bare-rooted)

The gooseberry is the first fruit of the season.  The fruit should be thinned in late May and the thinnings used for cooking.  The remainder should be left to swell near to full size and then used for pies, jamming and freezing.  To fully appreciate a gooseberry as a fine dessert fruit a proportion should be left to ripen fully when they are sweet and richly flavoured.  The requirements of gooseberries are similar to those of red and white currants and these two crops should be grouped together in any garden plan. Varieties of gooseberries differ widely in their performance depending on local soil conditions, e.g. Whinham's Industry does well on heavy soils which are generally unsatisfactory for gooseberries. Chalky, sandy and gravelly soils in particular require plentiful dressings of farmyard manure or garden compost before and after planting. Gooseberries are however usually more tolerant of alkaline conditions than most fruits.

Gooseberries can be grown as a bush, stool-bush, half-standard or upright cordon.  

Bare rooted plants are available for delivery from late November until late March.


View Ken Muir's 'Guide to Growing Gooseberries'.

Gooseberry Bushes
Gooseberry Bushes
Gooseberry Half Standards
Gooseberry Half Standards