Growing, Pruning And Propagating Gooseberries


Gooseberries need to be pruned to allow air to circulate through the branches – keeping fungal infections at bay.

There are many varieties of gooseberry to try, from ones that produce tiny, sweet yellow sugary fruits to ones that produce large, red dessert types.


Growing Tips

  • Start thinning gooseberries during late May or early June, removing about half the crop. The fruits from this first harvest can be used for cooking. This will give a longer cropping season and leaves others more room to grow to a larger size.
  • The second harvest can be done a few weeks later, and many of the fruits will be packed full of natural sugar and taste delicious.
  • Never let plants go short of water when their fruits are swelling and ripening. Heavy watering after a drought can cause fruits to split and rot.
  • If you aren’t growing your gooseberries in a fruit cage, cover bushes with netting during June and July to keep off birds. Ensure it’s weighted down at the base to prevent blackbirds getting underneath.
  • Wear gloves and long sleeves when harvesting the fruit to protect hands and arms from the sharp thorns.