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European Gooseberry

Ribes uva-crispa

Also known as

English Gooseberry, Gooseberry

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 to reach maturity


  • 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.

European Gooseberry 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 with European Gooseberry

Magpie Moth Caterpillars and Gooseberry sawflies are most common.

European Gooseberry Companion Plants

How to propagate European 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 European Gooseberry

Attracts birds

Birds love the ripe berries.

Attractive fruits

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

Other uses of European 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.

Soft Fruit

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