Not usually seen in the shops the best way to enjoy them is to grow your own. We can offer three varieties. Versatile plants they can be grown as bushes, as a half standard or as cordons. Happy in most well drained soils even tolerating partial shade. We do not grow Gooseberries ourselves, but are offering non organic bushes.
Discount information - the following discounts apply on total order quantity - 5% on 5+, 10% on 10+. Carriage based on quantity - see the Delivery page for more details.
Gooseberry bushes are dispatched between late November and early April when dormant.
Having ordered we will reserve, send an Order Confirmation and be in contact to arrange delivery or collection from late November.
A culinary variety, easy to grow and high yielding. The berries are large, oval in shape with a smooth skin that ripens to a light yellow. A strong grower so will quickly achieve its potential as a bush.More Info
A mid season variety with medium sized fruits. As the berries turn colour they can be picked & cooked. If left on the bush the berries will turn dark reddish purple of rich flavour.More Info
A reliable and heavy cropping variety that ripens mid July. Best as a cooking gooseberry with the large green smooth skinned oval berries becoming a pale green even whiteish colour when ripe.More Info
A hardy late season dessert Gooseberry. Bushes have a spreading habit and carry medium to large aromatic flavoured fruits that can have a hint of apricort in their taste.More Info
Gooseberries are quite a UK thing with perhaps Victorian times in the 19th century being their heyday with numerous growing clubs through the country, mostly in northern England. Members, usually enthusiastic amateurs, introduced many varieties in their back gardens growing them for competitions where by the mid 1800s some berries had reached the size of hens eggs.
In Hogg's 'Fruit Manual' off 1884 239 varieties are listed! Many have disappeared with the spread of American Gooseberry mildew which arrived in 1910. More modern varieties and recent introductions are more resistant to the mildew but still ensure good air circulation when growing bushes by siting and maintaining an open shape.
Versatile plants they can be grown as bushes on a short stem of about 10 cm planted about 1.5m apart, on a longer stem as a half standard or as cordons about 40cm apart.
Siting - happy in most well drained soils and tolerating partial shade they flower early in April so avoid naturally frosty spots.
Planting - they do enjoy organic matter, so you can incorporate some well rotted compost at planting time and mulch generously after planting and each spring. For more detail on growing them visit the Growing fruit bushes advice page.
Pests - from experience Gooseberry Sawfly can be a problem. They will strip the new leaves. Young bushes will struggle if they are not controlled so check the bushes from April for the pale green black spotted caterpillars squashing them. If spraying use a Pyrethrum based insecticide or nematodes.