Learn the best growing tips for gooseberries. Find out when to plant, sun requirements, and when to harvest. Also includes a troubleshooting guide!

Soil

What soil is good for Gooseberries?

Rich, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun do Gooseberries need?

Sunny position. Will benefit from some afternoon shade in hot climates. 

Frost Tolerant

Are Gooseberries frost tolerant?

Yes, but will need protection from severe frosts.

Spacing

How much space do Gooseberries need?

Roughly 90cm apart.

Planting

When should I plant Gooseberries?

Late autumn or early spring is the best time to transplant most dormant plants. Plants, with the exception of bare-root, can be transplanted at anytime between when the ground thaws and when it freezes (so anytime if you are in a frost free climate). However, if transplanting in the heat of summer, you'll need to be diligent in watering and provide extra shade for your plant in the first few weeks after transplanting. 

Dig a hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball. The hole should allow the plant to sit at the same level in the soil as it was previously. Fill the hole with soil ensuring the crown of the plant, where roots and stem meet, is level with the soil surface. 

Plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.  

Feeding

What do I feed Gooseberries?

Top-dress the soil with a new layer of compost at the start of each season, use an organic fertiliser throughout the season aswell. Top-dress the soil with Potash if the Gooseberry leaves start to brown around the edges. 

Apply a 2 inch layer of mulch around the plant to retain moisture. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Gooseberries?

Harvest berries when they have reached full size and are soft to touch. 

Pests

What pests do Gooseberries get?

 Aphids, Common Gooseberry Sawfly, Currant Borer, Stink Bug

Diseases

What diseases do Gooseberries get?

Mildew, Anthracnose, Gray Mold Berry Rot, Currant Cane Blight, Septoria Leaf Spot White Pine Blister Rust

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Gooseberries?

At the end of the season, prune the plant in order to remove old or unproductive wood. Open up the center to let light and air in by removing any overlapping branches, this will help to prevent disease and increase growth and fruit production for the next season.