Growing Gooseberry Bushes In The Yard
Gooseberry bushes are really cold hardy. Gooseberry bushes grow on a bush that stands about 3 – 5 feet (0.91 – 1.52 m) high. The bush has spines, making picking the fruit a little harsh on the hands. In North America, the gooseberry’s season extends from May to August. One finds them most frequently in June, but this depends on temperature and location. Gooseberries also seem to withstand harsher temperatures. The makes them easy to grow in areas with frosts and snow. The fruit itself is usually comparable in size to blueberries. They can be round, oblong or teardrop shaped, depending upon their variety, and come in a delightful color range, from green to red to purple. The interior flesh of the berry will match the color of the skin, but has a slightly translucent appearance. When you are considering planting gooseberry bushes, you need to prepare the soil well before putting the plants in. Gooseberry plants require a soil with a pH of 6.2 to 6.5.
Your soil should contain at least one percent of organic matter that runs 18 to 24 inches deep into the area you are going to plant in. Make sure your soil has been prepared by removing any weeds and rocks. You can use a fertilizer that contains chlorine. Muriate of Potash is a good choice. You should apply the fertilizer at least one month before you plan on planting your gooseberry bushes.