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.
Magpie Moth Caterpillars and Gooseberry sawflies are most common.
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.
Birds love the ripe berries.
Berries come in different varieties & the colours are often red, yellow or even purple.
The fruits can be eaten raw or made into jams and desserts.