Cutting gooseberries.

Cutting gooseberries.

Gooseberry, just like red currant, creates flower buds on shoots embedded in older perennial twigs. The rules for cutting gooseberries are therefore similar to those for cutting red currant.

After planting, trim the bushes just above the ground, so that they can easily catch on and develop strong growths. In the second and third years after planting, we cut these shoots, which grow crookedly and creep on the ground (Lynx.).

Lynx. Cutting young gooseberry bushes is to remove shoots that grow low above the ground

In the following years, the bushes are x-rayed by cutting out the oldest twigs from the inside to loosen the bushes., and also these twigs, that lie on the ground. The fruiting gooseberry bush should consist of 6-8 twigs growing from the root neck (Lynx.).

Lynx. X-raying of the fruiting gooseberry bush

If a lot of suckers grow from the root collar, it is worth thinning them during spring cutting to remove weaker shoots, while leaving the stronger.

Sometimes, in small gardens, garden gooseberries grafted on golden currant are grown. Main gooseberry crowns are formed as follows. In the first year after planting, shorten the main shoot to half and tie it to the stake. Side shoots emerge from the eyelets below the cut, which will be the main branches of the crown. In roles later, we shorten these shoots by 1/3, that they branch out. The crown should consist of 6-8 main branches. After the gooseberry enters the fruiting period, we perform x-rays following similar principles, as in the case of x-rays of a bush gooseberry (Lynx.).

Lynx. X-raying of standing gooseberries.