Plant gooseberries

The winter-hard gooseberry is ideal for growing in your own garden and is considered an easy-care plant with a high yield, as it can thrive particularly well in our latitudes. Hobby gardeners can choose between different varieties that produce green, red or yellow fruits. Likewise, the berries differ in their shape, the Fruchtbehaarung and in the taste. Gooseberries can be eaten fresh or processed further.

Colorful gooseberries

Variety of gooseberry

Those who are interested in rather sweetish fruits, should opt for the cultivation of red gooseberries. They taste full-bodied and freshly picked especially well, are hardly hairy and versatile. The best known red varieties are, for example, Achilles and Pax.

Green and yellow berries are predominantly acidic in flavor and are particularly good for fruity desserts and jams. The local cultivation of certain varieties, such as the Green Ball and Invicta, is recommended here by experts.

With special new breeds it comes to clearly less fruit hair.

New breed with less fruit hair

The different varieties can of course be planted next to each other. This is not only visually appealing, but also promises a flavorful variety at harvest time in late summer.

Meanwhile, even special new varieties are available that produce pure sweet berries with less Fruchtbehaarung. In general, only varieties should be cultivated that are especially suitable for allotment gardening and resistant to fungal diseases.

tip: The currant is one of the ideal neighbors. A special cross is the so-called Josta berry, a cross between gooseberry and currant.

Gooseberries grow on the previous year's wood.

Gooseberries on the branch

Plant shrub or high stem

If you have decided to grow a special kind of gooseberry, you should consider the available space in the garden and decide accordingly for the purchase of a shrub or a Hochstämmchens.

Decisive here are the criteria of stature height and the associated planting distance. A gooseberry bush needs, depending on growth, a planting distance of 1.2 to 2 meters, a Hochstämmchen, however, only space-saving 0.8 to 1 meter.

If necessary, gooseberries also thrive on the trellis or in the bucket, often these are special new breeds. With good care, the stature height can reach up to 150 cm.

In general, it can be assumed that the harvest yield of a full-grown perennial of a robust bush plant is significantly higher than the yield of a high-stem stalk.