Gooseberries

A cool climate fruit

Hardy bush plant easy to grow

Genus Ribes, same as currents and thrive in similar conditions.

Susceptible to root rot so plant in free draining ground.

need constant mulch and mositure but not wet feet – main feeder roots are just below the surface.

Prune to open up centers

Main prune in winter but over vigourous growth can be pruned in spring

Fruit is an old wood, on the short spurs and well ripened new wood

Gross feeders – love animal manure and a good compost

Propogate by hardwood cuttings in early autumn.

30cm long but without tip growth