[NAFEX] Gooseberry care

vrana nokal at seznam.cz
Sun May 27 13:11:08 EDT 2007

removing lower branches is common in my pruning,best time to do it is
whenever,but now you can use removed branches for green cuttings.Jan, Czech
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William C. Garthright" <billg at inebraska.com>
To: "NAFEX List" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2007 3:23 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Gooseberry care

> I planted several different gooseberries a year ago, and they're doing
> quite well, despite getting little direct sunlight. Well, in our
> climate, that's probably a good thing. Of course, we've been getting a
> lot of rain this year, which I'm sure they like. But I have a couple of
> questions about summer care (I've seen conflicting information on the
> 1. Most of my plants have set gooseberries (all except the Poorman), but
> the Hinnonmaki Red is absolutely loaded with berries. They're strung
> almost solidly along many branches. Do I need to thin these out a bit? I
> could pick some of the green berries for pie (no, I'm not going to cook
> it, but I can easily give them away) if necessary. Or don't I have to
> worry about thinning gooseberries? Note that I'm growing these for fresh
> eating.
> 2. These gooseberries are thorny as heck, and they tend to grow low. In
> fact, some of the young shoots are lying flat on the ground. Should I do
> some summer pruning and remove the lowest shoots? I thought maybe that
> would let the plants put more energy into the remaining shoots that are
> more erect. I'll be pruning off the lowest ones early next spring,
> anyway. Or do I want to leave all of the vegetation this summer, so that
> the plants can soak up all the light they can get? Both ways seem
> logical, to me. What do you say?
> Thanks!
> Bill
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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