There’s plenty of wild turkeys, cranes and geese building nests by the pond. The oldest stems are thicker and darker than the others. It has served its purpose. Prune out the oldest stems to allow space for next summer’s new stems. In winter, shorten the sideshoots to one … There's no finer welcome in the garden than the flower's fruity, warm and sweetly... or debate this issue live on our message boards. If you want good crops of big fruit every summer then you must prune every winter or spring. Gooseberries are easy to grow, and pruning annually will keep growth under control and produce better crops. Since gooseberries are only productive from one- to three-year-old wood and become less fruitful after that, here is how to make the cut. DEAR AMOR: Will you coach me on trimming my gooseberry bushes? Prune out any dead or damaged branches on 1-, 2- or 3-year limbs. Gooseberry bush after winter pruning Wood that’s up to three years old tends to be the most productive, so you ideally want a mix of stems that are one, two and three years old. Gooseberries develop side shoots that produce fruit, which allows them to be trained up trellises or along walls. Subsequently for the second-year pruning season, choose another four or five new growth and let that mature with the second-year wood from the previous year. They have thin fruit skin and visible veins. Pruning encourages more fruit buds. Now is a good time to prune Gooseberries and other soft fruit - while your doing it you can increase your plant stocks by taking hardwood cuttings. If you leave gooseberries to fully ripen, these later fruits can be enjoyed sweet and fresh. Choose a day when the weather is forecast to be dry in order to reduce the risk of fungal infections. This is because the spines on an unpruned bush will help deter bullfinches who like to eat the buds. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Amor Chamness of Howe, Ind., is an intern in the Purdue Extension master gardener program. By Monty Don for MailOnline Updated: 17:31 EST, 24 June 2011, Gooseberry upkeep: Pruning should be done initially in March, removing all crowded, unwanted, very old or damaged growth. Late winter or early spring before growth begins is a good time. It doesn’t have to be! Oh well. Maintain a nine to 12 canes each year to keep this plant young and productive. For a newly planted bush, take note of the healthiest four or five canes. Growing gooseberries is rewarding for many years to come and have many health benefits. When and how do I take lavender cuttings? Gooseberries grow best in cool-summer climates. Gooseberries can be made into jams or baked as pies. The plant itself can be a lovely ornamental bush when planted in front entryways or sidewalks. The American varieties are said to be more disease-resistant. DEAR AMOR: Will you coach me on trimming my gooseberry bushes? She claimed there’s plenty there and she wanted to bake some gooseberry pie. Honeysuckle, I'm home! Can’t name a plant like that for no reason! Pruning is an important part of proper edible plant care, but many people find the task overwhelming. Hoe below and around the bush to control weeds and to disturb the larvae of gooseberry sawfly over-wintering in the soil. In my mind, I tried to figure out what the heck do these gooseberries look like? The plant itself can be a lovely ornamental bush when planted near front entryways or sidewalks. Aim to create a well-branched, upright bush with fruiting spurs along the main stems. – Crista. They should root in 4-6 weeks, when they can be individually potted up. A  family friend came to me and asked if she could pick some gooseberries at the back field. Ideally, pruning should be done twice a year, summer and winter. In the case of gooseberry bushes it is a good idea to delay until the buds are just beginning to open. How about that? Many university extensions recommended purchasing varieties that are suited for our weather conditions. I want to move 2 gooseberry bushes from one bed to another. Grapevines are exuberant climbers, so if you plant one for its fruit you will … DEAR CRISTA: The first time I heard about a gooseberry plant was about three years ago. Clean and sanitize pruning saws or clippers before using that tool with other plants to avoid bug/disease cross-contamination. Then after fruiting it should be clipped back, removing all but the clean stem and round outline. Alternatively, prune all the stems at ground level, which encourages gooseberries to produce large fruit. Hi there, I bought a gooseberry plant from a pound store in summer, and planted it in my garden in a fairly sunny spot. Buying Your Gooseberry Plants. Spring-flowering shrubs, such as lilac and forsythia, develop buds that will display the following year during the previous year’s late summer and early fall. They have a short trunk and four or five permanent branches that carry the fruits. Start pruning year-one gooseberry bushes in the early spring. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. A cordon Gooseberry is a very space saving option for smaller gardens, it can be grown with a support system in the open, or you can plant against a fence or wall – any aspect is suitable. Leave nine to 12 stems per bush. You can use underripe fruit in the early summer and cook them with the addition of sugar. Keep these things in mind: You can have confidence in knowing that not everyone will prune the exact same way (even the experts). Summer: In the first week of July (not earlier), trim all new side-shoots down to 5 leaves. Before the fourth year comes around, the oldest wood at this time will not be fruitful anymore. Pruning Gooseberry Plants. Plant gooseberries out of a prevailing breeze or wind. Send your gardening questions to dearamor@yahoo.com. Subscribers now get unlimited access to CheboyganNews.com and SooEveningNews.com at no extra cost! The best time to prune gooseberries is in late winter or early in the spring when the plants are still dormant. Bare-roots are economical and are available in nurseries in early or late fall. In late autumn or winter, after leaf fall, prune back the same side shoots to one or two buds. It looked like it was doing OK but towards autumn it was looking a little off colour, and in winter it has lost all of its leaves. Any time from now until September is good. Hardwood cuttings provide a reliable means of growing gooseberry from cuttings. Holland Sentinel ~ 54 W 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423 ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Cookie Policy ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service ~ Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. To alleviate the stress on the remaining roots I would advise pruning the bush to at least 50% of it's size. My son gave me a standard gooseberry two years ago that has an abundance of sweet, maroon fruit. Choose 5 of the strongest and thickest-looking stems coming off the main stem of the bush. We regret Monty cannot reply to letters personally. It’s done while they are dormant, so you’ve got until around the end of February or early March, when buds will burst. Pruning grape vines. Use a pair of sterilized hand shears to cut away the other growth to the main stem of the plant. In hot regions, grow gooseberries in partial shade. Pruning gooseberry in winter or early spring will open it up to light and air, resulting in lush and impressive growth in the summer season! There's no need to prune the tips of the leading stems unless they have mildew. Do not plant gooseberries in low spots where frost can settle. Gooseberries are considered to be one of the best plants for beginners in the art of gardening. Please include your full name and address. At the end of the third season, our bush already had a about five sets of one, two and three-year-old woods. Prune red- and whitecurrants as you would gooseberries, as they produce fruit on sideshoots made the previous year. Pruning a bare bush is easier because we can tell a healthy cane in comparison with the others. Water well, place in a warm place out of direct sunlight, and mist often to keep foliage damp. or debate this issue live on our message boards. Regular mowing and cutting will weaken it, but you may just have to accept it as part of your planting scheme. In the third year, pick up another new set of four or five canes. Plant gooseberries in full sun. Gooseberries could be infested with powdery mildew, cane borers, aphids, and spider mites. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, The shape of the bush – The ideal shape of … When you dig up the gooseberry bush there will inevitably be some root damage. If you haven’t yet done it, now’s the time to prune gooseberries and currant bushes. A properly-pruned gooseberry bush (which may also be trained as a cordon) will grow better, stay free of disease, and produce more berries that are easily pickable. If you don’t give your gooseberry bush an annual haircut it will get choked up with weak growth that will not produce many goosegogs and the ones it does produce will be small. They can be used in jams, sauces, compotes, pies, etc. We then can decide which canes to prune away. Take fresh, non-flowering shoots about 10cm (4in) long, popping them immediately into a polythene bag. It is favorable to prune when the plant is dormant. You can purchase potted plants, but they’re more expensive. – CristaDEAR CRISTA: The first time I heard about a gooseberry plant was about three years ago. However, the ideal times are just after they drop their leaves or just before the buds open in spring. Grown in partial shade the berry yield will be reduced. You need to take the cuttings during the plant’s dormant season. My research on this matter benefited me much more. Winter: During the winter, cut back the leading stems by half of their new growth. Mare’s tail loves damp conditions and its roots go down at least 2.4m (8ft). Cut back the tip by one-third. It is now time to prune out the oldest wood annually and replace that with the same number of vigorous current year’s growth. You can also prune these small shrubs into standards – or small trees – to enhance their ornamental appeal. It can be made into jam or baked as pie. All rights reserved. It sounds as if your gooseberry is a variety called ‘London’ – and it is delicious. A healthy bush will bear larger fruit. There are two types of gooseberry bushes, American and European. Tart, colorful berries are a delight of the summer, but only when you can get them to produce enough to fill a pie or cook down into jam. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. You can buy bare-root bushes or potted plants, often called open-center goblets. Like other bush trimming, thinning of defective, weak and diseased gooseberry canes encourage plant vigor and productivity and allows equal penetration of sunlight and air circulation. Put the shoots in well-drained compost (50% perlite or grit plus 50% peat-free compost). Green, red, purple, yellow, white or black gooseberry varieties are sold online. This will also make the bush more manageable as far as handling it is concerned. Trim the base to just below a leaf node. Digital access or digital and print delivery. Gooseberries are formed on branches which grew in the previous and older years. Reports seem to be less than unanimous: one says I shouldn't do it as they don't like to be moved; another says I can as long as the ground is prepared 'properly'; and yet another says it's okay, … Steps. How and when should I prune it? You can start picking gooseberry fruit from early summer onward. © Gannett Co., Inc. 2020. Many fruit trees including apples, crab apples, medlars and … After the first-year growing season, prune away the rest of its inferior and unwanted growth and keep the four or five healthiest canes. Mrs Christine Smith, Leicester It sounds as if your gooseberry is a variety called ‘London’ – and it is delicious. Cut each cane as close to the ground as possible. I wonder how a berry got a goose name in that regard. Remove the inferior canes as usual. The location she pointed out was a place I visited from time to time, but I do have a hands-off policy when it comes to vegetation growing wild. Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. No comments have so far been submitted. Prune the Gooseberry bush. And yes, the naming of this flavorful berries has nothing to do with a goose. If you want good crops of big fruit every summer then you must prune every winter or spring. Prune all other unwanted growth. Pruning should be done initially in March, removing all crowded, unwanted, very old or damaged growth. The summer prune is to shorten the long new stems and in winter a more thorough prune is done to open up the bush, thin crowded stems and shorten side shoots. Choose the plan that's right for you. Many gardeners dread fruit pruning for fear it is complicated but there are a couple of simple rules that make things easier. It makes excellent compost, and I know one allotment holder who has fabulous veg despite being plagued by dreadful mare’s tail. Gooseberries usually grow in a bush, although they can also be trained to grow against a wall or fence and commonly known as a gooseberry patch. Now … Growing gooseberries is a worthwhile fruit to grow in the gooseberry patch as they are excellent for making jams, jellies, desserts, chutneys and wine.In fact, we have about 4 gooseberry wine recipes for you to try! If you note damage to your bushes, from weather, animals or due to disease, prune those branches immediately, even if the bush should not optimally be pruned in the summer. How to Prune a Gooseberry Bush Before pruning gooseberries, wear some thick leather gloves and sterilize your pruning shears with rubbing alcohol. If you have any gardening queries, write to Monty Don at: Weekend, Daily Mail, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT or email [email protected]. We can have a better harvest and a better fruit size if there were at least two varieties planted together for cross-pollination. Even though they’re easy, there are a few steps you can’t skip in growing them. These bushes grow to about 5’ in height and you will need to allow a little more than that between bushes. Strip off all but the top pair of leaves. Once the cordon reaches 1.7m (5½ft) in height (the top of the supports), cut back the tip to five leaves from last year’s growth in the summer, and then back to … And a mature gooseberry bush can yield up to 4kg of fruit. They are easy to grow, they offer you a lot of fruit, and they make a nice bush for decoration in your garden.. Prune gooseberries four years old and older in early spring, pruning the weakest and the oldest stems at ground level. HOW AND WHEN TO PRUNE GOOSEBERRIES Gooseberry bushes are best pruned when they are dormant in winter, midwinter is the best time for this job. 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