Bare-root (or field-grown) gooseberries are supplied over winter when plants are dormant. They will grow away well in the spring, and will crop after a couple of years.


Read our guide to growing gooseberries.

Before planting, stand the plants in a bucket of water, leaving them to soak for about 20 minutes. This will reinvigorate the plants and help them to establish successfully.

Here's our three-step guide to planting a bare-root gooseberry.

You Will Need

  • Garden spade
  • Bare-root gooseberry bush
  • Bonemeal fertiliser
  • Secateurs
  • Well-rotted manure or garden compost
  • Watering can

Total time: 30 minutes

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Step 1

Planting a bare-root gooseberry
Planting a bare-root gooseberry

Place the plant into prepared soil to the same depth as it was in the nursery - you should be able to spot a 'tide mark'. Incorporate some bonemeal fertiliser or well-rotted manure into the planting hole.

Step 2

Pruning stems to an outward-facing bud
Pruning stems to an outward-facing bud

Prune young shoots back to outward facing buds to create a strong, open bush shape on which stubby fruiting spurs can develop.

Step 3

Watering the bare-root gooseberry
Watering the bare-root gooseberry

Give your newly planted bush a good soak with water before mulching with well-rotted manure or garden compost.

Plant in a sunny spot

Gooseberries thrive in full sunshine, so plant them in a south or west-facing spot.

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Gooseberry varieties to try

'Invicta' - a heavy cropper that's resistant to mildew

'Martlet' - a dessert variety with red berries


'Rokula' - an early ripener, resistant to mildew, with sweet berries