Gooseberry Bushes

PennypitstopPennypitstop Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.Posts: 22
Can i move my 2 year old gooseberry bushes as it is too dry for them where they are now, and do i need to prune them for winter. Thank you 


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,337
    They don’t thank you for moving them, but at two years old they won’t be so well established yet so yes, go ahead.

    Also a bit young to be pruning them, other than keeping the centre of the bush clear of crossing branches and making sure that they keep one single stem coming up from the ground rather than developing a lot of suckers.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • PennypitstopPennypitstop Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.Posts: 22
    Thank you Pansyface, i made the big mistake of planting them near a wall, it is a sunny part of the garden and i have sandy soil ! i think i will have to move them but the new site does not get as much sun. BTW we were out walking in your area a few weeks ago (Lady Bower reservoir) It is a beautiful area :) .
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,337
    They don’t need a lot of sun. But if you can give them a good mulch, with something like rotted leaves, a few times a year they will be very happy.

    Yes, a beautiful part of the country. I wake up every morning and look out of the window and thank my lucky stars. Especially after nearly thirty years in The Smoke.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 3,724
    Mulch heavily over the winter and cover the roots with old carpet in the summer and the ground will hold much more moisture. Keep the mulch away from the trunk though.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,656
    My goosegogs are in the shade for half the day ... they do just fine 😊 
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  • Logan4Logan4 West MidlandsPosts: 1,972
    edited 1 November
    I've moved older gooseberry plants and they do fine,just make sure that you have a lot of roots, it's best to move them through the winter and mulch in spring. I only prune out some of the old stems but not very often. :)
  • Just a thought, it looks quite easy to take cuttings (although maybe too late now) and get them to root. I also have a bush I want to move and this could prove an insurance in case your transplanted gooseberry doesn’t survive but I think you should leave the cuttings for a year to develop a good root structure.

  • Logan4Logan4 West MidlandsPosts: 1,972
    Take gooseberry cuttings this time of year and they'll root in the following spring, just like the currant bushes.
  • Rik56Rik56 WiganPosts: 76
    edited 10 November
    My dad used have a gooseberry in a pot - bless him, he knew nothing about gardening but would always buy a small plant at the supermarket so he could show me when I visited..most wouldn't last but the gooseberry produced much fruit each year. And he did absolutely nothing to it - same pot, same old compost, never watered it, never fed it - but it fruited like nobodies business.
    I used to ask him his secret... "neglect"

    Can't argue with that..maybe we over-complicate this gardening lark? :)
  • Logan4Logan4 West MidlandsPosts: 1,972
    Yes i never prune the gooseberry bushes like they say we should and they do better for it.
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