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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. [1]95%(19). Jun 19, Prune to a bud that faces upwards.

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An upward-facing bud will help the plant grow up toward sunlight before the weight of the fruit begins to pull it down. The natural tendency of the gooseberry is to be a bit sprawling and droopy; you want to counteract that.

Cutting vertical growth will promote lateral growth%(50). Pruning Gooseberries. During the first two years, prune gooseberries to create an open, vase-like structure. An open structure will allow sunlight and air to reach the interior of the plant and ripen berries. In the first year, select 3 to 5 main stems that grow away from.

Mar 22, This pruning should not remove fruit, as fruit develops mainly on the older wood, not the current seasons growth.

2. In winter, spur prune all side shoots by cutting them back to one to three buds from the base. Shorten branch tips by one quarter, cutting to a suitable outward facing bud. 3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 each year as maintenance pruning.

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. Feb 14, I prune back my gooseberry bushes by removing all branches that are too close to the ground. (They will break off with heavy fruit in the summer).

I keep the more upright branches, and remove any dead, diseased, old or crossing branches. I aim to leave say cm space around each remaining branch. This gives space for light to get into the bush.