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Gooseberry

Ribes uva-crispa

Also known as

European Gooseberry, English Gooseberry, Cultivated Gooseberry

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

2a-8b

USDA zone

-46°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

3 to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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.

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Overview

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

Magpie Moth Caterpillars and Gooseberry sawflies are most common.

Companion plants

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.

Uses

Edible

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