Training Gooseberry Bushes. Your plants can be grown as single stemmed cordons if you are low on space, but the best way to grow them is as a fairly upright, open centered bush. Gooseberries make fruit in 2 places: little spurs on the old wood and at the base of side-shoots that grew the year before.
Jun 19, Prune in winter to encourage good growth in spring and summer. The best time to prune a mature gooseberry bush is in late winter or early spring when the plant is dormant, just before the vigorous growth of spring when healing will be quick. You may wish to delay pruning until after the buds open, because the thorny thicket of an unpruned bush will be more of a deterrent to birds that feed on 98%(50).
Dec 18, Prune the branches out to ground level in the early spring. Prune 4-year-old or older gooseberries in early spring, cutting out the weakest and oldest limbs, again, down to ground level. Leave stems per bush or cut out all the limbs to ground level, which will encourage the plant to produce larger fruit.
If the plant becomes infected with. Growing Red Currants or Gooseberries in Massachusetts The planting of black currants (Ribes nigrum) is currently prohibited in Massachusetts under CMR Plant Quarantines, due to the ability of this species to spread white pine blister rust, a fungus that threatens stands of white pine trees. May 21, Start pruning year-one gooseberry bushes in the early spring. Choose 5 of the strongest and thickest-looking stems coming off the main stem of the bush.
Use a pair of sterilized hand shears to cut away the other growth to the main stem of the plant. 95%(19). Jun 17, Young bushes can produce a great deal of growth in early Summer which is best reduced a little so that more air and sun gets in to help the fruit and wood to ripen. Leave any branches you want to make leaders to get the bush bigger. Cut some of the new growth back to about 4 inches, especially in the centre of the plant.
Now is a good time. Each spring, prune away weak and crowding branches, leaving only several shoots from each year’s growth. Prune off all 3-year-old branches to make room for more fruitful, younger branches. Gooseberries produce best on 1-year wood.
Branches that produced the preceding year should be removed. NEXT: Spraying Gooseberry Plants. Pruning. Gooseberry bushes need to be pruned annually between late autumn and late winter when gooseberries are dormant. Pick a day when the weather’s going to be dry to reduce the risk of fungal infections. Your goal is to cut back new growth to two buds. Your gooseberry bush will need to be pruned in summer and in winter. In winter make sure that any dead wood has been removed.
Summer growth shoots should be cut back to one half to two-thirds to a bud. Wait for it to bud, so that you can see where to cut.