3 to reach maturity
Gooseberries can be harvested early July if they are being used for jams where they will be very firm. Otherwise, they should be left until the late July/early August Where they will be softer and sweet.
A small, fast-growing deciduous shrub, the Gooseberry plant has sharp thorns & begins to fruit 2-3 years after planting. Berries come in varying shapes, colours & tastes depending on the cultivar. They are rich in antioxidants & vitamins.
Common problems with Gooseberry
Magpie Moth Caterpillars and Gooseberry sawflies are most common.
Gooseberry Companion Plants
How to propagate Gooseberry
Seeds grow readily, but seedlings need 2-3 years before they will have fruit. Inside, each berry can hold 15-30 edible seeds. Remove the pulp, wash them and sow.
Take hardwood cuttings during the dormant period. Cuttings should be made on this year's growth and be 20-30cm in length.
Special features of Gooseberry
Birds love the ripe berries.
Berries come in different varieties & the colours are often red, yellow or even purple.
Other uses of Gooseberry
Grown for their edible fruits (currants and gooseberries) or their bird attracting flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies.
The fruits can be eaten raw or made into jams and desserts.