Top Questions About Gooseberry Bushes

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Questions About Gooseberry Bushes

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Anonymous on
December 15, 2010

Q. Manure or Fertilizer for Gooseberry

What manure and fertilizer should be used to get fruit from a gooseberry tree?

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Nikki on
December 15, 2010
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Anonymous on
March 16, 2011

Q. Transplanting Gooseberry Bushes

When is the best time to transplant gooseberry bushes? What time of year? I live in Zone 5.

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Nikki on
March 17, 2011
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Spring is the best time to transplant them.

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Anonymous on
May 9, 2011

Q. Gooseberry Bushes

I was given a Pixwell gooseberry bush. When planting, does it take full of partial sun, or shade? How big does it get?

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Nikki on
May 9, 2011
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Anonymous on
May 10, 2011

Q. Why Do I Have No Fruit or Flowers on Gooseberry Bush?

Please can you tell me why I get no fruit or flowers on my gooseberry bush, which looks healthy, grows well and the leaves are green? The plant is 10 years old, well fed and pruned at the centre. It has produced no fruit for 6 years. It is in a south facing position in well aerated soil. The garden is in S. W. Cornwall.

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Nikki on
May 11, 2011
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It is probably too much nitrogen and too little phosphorus. Add some bone meal to increase phosphorus. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

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Anonymous on
July 26, 2011

Q. Gooseberry Fruiting

I am not getting any fruit from my bushes. They are about two years old in half barrels and well fertilized.

Answered by
Cathy on
July 28, 2011
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Your plants are still to young. These type of berries need at least 3 years to mature enough to bear fruit. You may find this article of help:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/gooseberries/growing-gooseberries.htm

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Anonymous on
August 1, 2011

Q. Gooseberry Growing

I have been trying to grow gooseberries, but so far I have big bushes this year but no fruit. Can you help?

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Nikki on
August 2, 2011
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This article will help with growing gooseberry plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/gooseberries/growing-gooseberries.htm

If you are getting plenty of flowers but nothing produces, then it is most likely due to poor pollination. Hand pollination often helps. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

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Anonymous on
August 18, 2011

Q. When Do Gooseberries Ripen?

I need to know in what month gooseberries ripen in northern Indiana. I’m writing a book set in the early 1900s and I want the cook to make a gooseberry pie, but the time is early July and I don’t know if they’d be ripe yet. If it matters, the summer has been extremely hot, after an extremely cold winter.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 19, 2011
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The gooseberry bushes are one of the few bushes growing berries that are harvested just before peak ripeness. Most are picked when they are green just before turning reddish-brown, which is when they become completely ripe. Normally harvesting occurs between July and August.

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