Gooseberry bushes

Gooseberries are a very popular summer fruit for pies, desserts and jams but also for eating fresh. The traditional tart green varieties are the most popular for cooking, while the sweeter red and yellow varieties are the best for eating fresh. Gooseberries are rich in vitamin C and other nutrients. They grow as small bushes and can be grown even in the smallest of gardens or even in containers on a patio. They are particularly suited to the cooler British climate and grow well in all parts of the country. They require some care and attention but are generally easy to grow and maintain. Gooseberry bushes have thorns but some of the modern varieties are almost thorn free. We supply top quality strong two year bare root bushes normally with three or more branches. Click here for a guide to choosing gooseberry bushes.

How to choose gooseberry bushes

Please find below some information that you may find helpful in selecting and buying gooseberry bushes:

Growth habit and training. Gooseberries are normally grown as bushes, but they can also be grown as cordons which a have a single vertical main stem with short branches. In good growing conditions bushes can grow up to 1.5m/5ft in height and spread. You should therefore allow 1.5m/5ft between bushes. Cordons can be planted much closer together with a spacing of 30cm/1ft. We supply two year old bush plants usually with three or more branches. These can be trained as cordons by selecting and growing the most suitable branch and removing the rest.

Cropping season. Gooseberries are one of the earliest fruit to ripen. They ripen in July in southern England. Gooseberries can be frozen for culinary use through the rest of the year.

Growing in containers. Gooseberry bushes can be grown in containers and planters. Use a soil based John Innes No 3 compost and 20L or larger pots.

Pollination. All gooseberries are self-fertile and individual varieties can be grown on their own.