Gooseberry

Ribes uva-crispa

European Gooseberry, English Gooseberry, Cultivated Gooseberry

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Cuttings

Take hardwood cuttings during the dormant period. Cuttings should be made on this year's growth and be 20-30cm in length.

Special features

Attracts birds

Birds love the ripe berries.

Attractive fruits

Berries come in different varieties & the colours are often red, yellow or even purple.

Special features

Origin

Europe, North West Africa & South-East Asia

Natural climate

Temperate to Cold

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Clay, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Edible

The fruits can be eaten raw or made into jams and desserts.

Personality

Family

Grossulariaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Magpie Moth Caterpillars and Gooseberry sawflies are most common.

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