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Penel2Penel2 Posts: 2

While preparing my vegetable patch, i accidentally forked through and cut in half a very sturdy root. It was pretty shallow so am guessing it is from the very mature gooseberry bush near by. Have I killed the bush? A good half metre of the root has been torn full away...... Will it survive?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,851

    It will survive - it has other roots, although it may be a bit 'shocked' - I presume it has some fruit on it?  If so I'd thin them out, (use them for jam) to give it a bit less to do this summer. 

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  • Penel2Penel2 Posts: 2

    Thanks so much for the feedback. Yes lots of fruit!  A good prune and a pick of the fruit then?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,851

    Pick every other gooseberry and use them for jam - leave the others to ripen.

    Summer prune at the end of this month, shortening every sideshoot to 5 leaves - don't shorten the leaders. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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