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  • Gooseberries...I think?!

    I'm now finally finding time to make some progress with the allotment and it's coming on nicely. But, I seem to have 3 fruit bushes near the back. From what I can work out, they are gooseberry bushes though someone mentioned that one was blackcurrants.

    Having had no intention of growing fruit originally, I've not got any idea what to do to look after them so any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Photos would really help! Failing that blackcurrants smell strongly of blackcurrants when leaves are crushed or stems are cut. None of the currants are thorny. Most gooseberries are thorny but there are thornless varieties.

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    • #3
      If they're thorny, they're probably gooseberries; if they're thornless and the leaves smell like blackcurrants, they're blackcurrants.
      If you want to keep them, weed around them and let them grow. They'll be putting out fruit buds soon so you don't want to prune them unless the branches need thinning to make picking easier.
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        If you want to grow them on, play safe & net them with fine netting.
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        • #5
          If they are neither thorny nor have leaves smelling of black currants they could be red currants.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Invicta View Post
            If they are neither thorny nor have leaves smelling of black currants they could be red currants.
            Or white !
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            • #7
              come the autumn, prune all the gooseberry bushes to an open goblet shape and shove the 9/10ins trimmings into a sheltered site and leave them alone, late in the following spring you can lift these and plant out for fruit the following year, the blackcurrants can be trimmed to provide new plants but don't take too many as you want the first plant to grow away and fruit, and all it costs is half an hours work, not a bad return is it?

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