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Watch for cankers on your plants to know if you have it.

Dec 18, Gooseberries bear fruit on 2- to 3-year-old branches. When pruning, a good rule of thumb is to keep a ratio fruit bearing limbs by leaving shoots each of 1- 2- and 3-year-old wood.

Also, prune out any shoots that are older than 3 years of age. May 21, 1. Prune back all but 5 branches during the first year. Start pruning year-one gooseberry bushes in the early spring. Choose 5 of the strongest and thickest-looking stems coming off the main stem of the bush. Use a pair of sterilized hand shears to cut away the other growth to the main stem of the plant.


Look for clusters of brown, green or white bugs.

Growing Red Currants or Gooseberries in Massachusetts Information about the types of currants that can be grown in Massachusetts and how to apply for a permit to plant them The planting of black currants (Ribes nigrum) is currently prohibited in Massachusetts under CMR Plant Quarantines, due to the ability of this species to spread.

Pruning Tips. Each spring, prune away weak and crowding branches, leaving only several shoots from each year’s growth. Prune off all 3-year-old branches to make room for more fruitful, younger branches. Gooseberries produce best on 1-year wood. Branches that produced the preceding year should be removed. Gooseberries can be trained to a cordon or stake. Train the leader upward and tie it in at one-foot intervals. Prune side shoots in summer so that they have just 5 leaves; in winter prune side shoots so that there are one or two buds facing outwards.

Propagating Gooseberries.

Cut back branches that are low to the ground.

Gooseberries can be propagated by tip layering or hardwood cuttings. Pruning. Gooseberry bushes need to be pruned annually between late autumn and late winter when gooseberries are dormant.

Pick a day when the weather’s going to be dry to reduce the risk of fungal infections. Your goal is to cut back new growth to two buds and the.