Gooseberry Growing Guide

Ribes uva-crispa


Crop Rotation Group



Rich soil with compost dug in to retain moisture. pH of 6 to 6.5 preferred.


Sunny position.

Frost tolerant

Yes but cover if a severe frost is forecast.


May need potash (potassium) adding, particularly if the leaves start to brown at the edges.


Single Plants: 90cm (2' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 90cm (2' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant in mid autumn or early winter when it's not too cold for a little root growth to help them establish.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


After harvesting prune the bush back to five leaves on each side shoot and remove any dead or overcrowded branches to 'open up' the plant.


Harvest fruit when ripe, or a little before if heavy crop produced.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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