Plants prefer a cool climate and will withstand a windy position with light well drained soil.
Do not feed excessive nitrogen which encourages mildew.
Water with a liquid feed as the fruit start to set – this increases berry size and limits splitting.
Fruit appear on new and old wood so aim for a balance between the two.
Varieties are classified by the colour of the fruit as Red, Green, White and Yellow. At home you may want a mix of kinds.
Bushes fruit in June and/or July
Take cuttings in September,
Prune cordon shoots in March but reshape and reinvigorate by pruning in winter.
Plant new bushes in November or March if the soil is very heavy.
Varieties come in early, mid season and late (examples Early Sulphur, Gunner, Lancer)
What a grand way to grow Gooseberries ‘up a stick’ (or Cordon). Trained like ballerina apples this Gooseberry variety London was grown as one vertical trunk. Gooseberry London has very large oval fruit with a smooth skin. The flavour is good and is normally a spreading bush but it makes few branches. It is renown as heavy yielding as can be seen below from a 1st June photo below.
Planting Layout for Legs or Cordons
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