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22/01/2014 at 15:03

Hi there,

I bought a gooseberry plant from a pound store in summer, and planted it in my garden in a fairly sunny spot. It looked like it was doing OK but towards autumn it was looking a little off colour, and in winter it has lost all of its leaves. Is this normal?

22/01/2014 at 15:05

Yes, gooseberry is deciduous. The leaves will reappear in spring.

22/01/2014 at 15:13

Yes they should.... Use this as an opportunity to identify potential pruning as they are best pruned in a bowl like shape to keep good air flow.... I identify branches that need to be pruned and mark them so when I can prune them and they are full of leaves I will know where

22/01/2014 at 15:19

Thanks peeps! It's too small to be called 'bush shaped' yet, but hopefully soon...

22/01/2014 at 19:56

And try to grow them on a "leg".........again encouraging air flow.  Love my goosegogs 

23/01/2014 at 10:25

What's a 'leg'? I'm a real beginner

23/01/2014 at 13:36

Hiya rookie

Growing on a leg means having the main stem clear of shoots for a length of 20 to 40 cm.  it means more air circulation and prevents branches rooting into the soil.  Just remove branches too close to the soil and rub out any buds there too. None of this is crucial but it does make for a healthier bush amd that classy case shape.

25/01/2014 at 15:43

When and how do you prune gooseberries?


25/01/2014 at 23:02

This is pretty clear 

There are also some videos on YouTube if you like googling 

As you're really getting into pruning you might find 'How to Prune by John Cushnie' helpful - it really is the best book on pruning that I'm aware of and is my bible.  

It's available on Amazon, second hand copies go for very reasonable amounts.

27/01/2014 at 16:52

Thanks. I have looked at a few videos on u tube and now I am an expert!  What a shame my bush is bairly visible now. Perhaps I got carried away!

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