Plant Gooseberries - That's how it's done

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If you like to eat gooseberries, you should consider whether to plant them in the garden. That's easy too. Just follow our tips for planting gooseberries.

Gooseberries are healthy

Gooseberries have a high vitamin C content

The closely related to the currant gooseberry thrives in our latitudes also very good and pleases us in the summer with sweet-sour-tasting fruits. Both on the cake and freshly picked, these small berries really taste delicious.

Just try it and plant gooseberries yourself and enjoy the juicy berries in summer.

There are different plant forms

Bush or high trunk?

Before you plant gooseberries, you first have to decide which varieties you would like to plant. In the garden center market the gooseberry is usually offered as a bush or as a high-stem - both times also suitable for a bucket attitude on balconies and terraces. Both growth forms are available with white, yellowish, green and red fruits.

However, you must make sure that high-stems always need to be supported with piles to easily carry the burden of their own fruit in the fall. In addition, you must take into account that the stems usually come with far less yield than the more robust bush plants (up to 5 kg per adult perennial).

Crossbreeding and new breeding

You can also buy in the trade but also a combination plant (crossing) of currant and gooseberry, the so-called Josta berry plant. Whatever type you choose, always make sure that you purchase mildew resistant plants, such as the red Pax or the Redeva and the Remarka, the green Invicta or the yellow Hinnomäki or the Resistenta, etc.

There are many different types of gooseberry

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Numerous new varieties now also guarantee the harvest of purely sweet-tasting fruits (high fructose content) as well as less spiked growth on the stem (sometimes thorn-free) and berries with only minimal fruit hair.

Plant Gooseberries - That's how it's done


The gooseberry shrubs generally prefer a sunny, sheltered location. But beware: the perennials should not be exposed to the blazing sun (moderately half-shady).

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The gooseberries, which have a high vitamin C content, should be planted on an east / south side or in the middle of other bushes, which can provide some shade.

Planting time:

You should plant gooseberries either in spring or autumn. New cultivars are even suitable as trellis fruit plants!

You can plant gooseberries in spring or autumn

Maintain gooseberries

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The hardy gooseberries are one of the easy-care fruit trees, whose flowering only needs to be protected against late frosts. They also need to cut out old branches that are too close to each other regularly after harvest or early in the spring.

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A bold rejuvenation cut protects many plants from pests and diseases over the years.


Fertilize the berry bushes in the fall and / or spring by incorporating compost around the shrub. Furthermore, you can provide the plants with special berry fertilizer at regular intervals, from spring to early summer.

Harvest gooseberries

You can harvest the gooseberries - depending on the variety - when the fruits are ripe (from about the end of June to August). Incidentally, ripe fruits are recognized by the unmistakable taste and the particular fruit coloration.

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You can harvest the gooseberry but also immature. As the only berry they can ripen easily.

Video Board: How to grow your own Gooseberries: Jeff Turner plants a Gooseberry bush.

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