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.
You Will Need
- Garden spade
- Bare-root gooseberry bush
- Bonemeal fertiliser
- Well-rotted manure or garden compost
- Watering can
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 thrive in full 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