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How to Propagate Gooseberries

Gooseberries are relatively easy to propagate and there are two methods. Layering is probably the easiest method but it's easy to forget where the new plants are growing. Taking cuttings is also easy and it has the benefit that the new bush can be started off well away from the mother plant. If you plan it well, the cutting can be set in the soil in its final growing position.

Propagating Gooseberries By Layering
The best time to do this is autumn, late September to November is good. Look around the lower part of the bush for a long stem which can be bent down to the ground. Gently persuade it to the soil surface and peg it down so that about 5cm (2in) or more of the stem is above ground level. Place a layer of soil on the part of the stem which is pegged to the ground.

The stem part under the soil will set down roots and can be moved to its final growing position the next autumn. Simply cut the stem growing from the mother plant as near to the ground as possible. Dig up the root ball and reposition as required.

Propagating Gooseberries From Cuttings

A gooseberry cutting Mid autumn (late September to early November) is the time to take gooseberry cuttings. Select a healthy looking stem about 22cm (9in) long and cleanly cut it from the parent plant (see left).

Strip off all the side shoots except the top three. Remove any buds below the leaves with a sharp knife.

Dig a small hole and add a handful of blood fish and bone. Work it into the soil. Set the prepared cutting about 5cm (2in) into the ground and gather soil around it. Gently firm it down.

Water well and then leave alone. In the next spring you should see the cutting sprout new leaves indicating that it has taken. If you want to move it then do this a year after the date of taking the cutting.

Planted gooseberry cutting


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