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.
Plants will grow away well in the spring, and you can expect a crop in a couple of years.
You will need
Bare-root gooseberry bush
Well-rotted manure or garden compost
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.
Prune young shoots back to outward facing buds to create a strong, open bush shape on which stubby fruiting spurs can develop.
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 appreciate sunshine, so plant them in a south or west-facing spot.
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
Often seen with bumblebees stuffed inside the tubular shaped flowers, foxgloves are great for shady areas and adding height to borders. You'll get six plants, two each of three perennial varieties with this offer.