Propagate Gooseberries with cuttings and countersinks

Anyone who has tasted juicy-sweet gooseberries from his own garden will want to grow more of these berry bushes. Even a single vital shrub provides plenty of material for propagation. Here's how to do it.

How to easily propagate cuttings

A perfect specimen is around 10-12 inches long, one year old, and perfectly healthy. A scion is cut off around 1/8 inch below a bud with a sharp, disinfected knife. Continue like this:

  • Fill growing pots with a lean substrate such as peat sand or standard soil
  • defoliate lower cuttings
  • cut the upper half of the leaves in half
  • implant so deep that 3-4 eyes are above ground
  • pour on and place at half shaded window place

Keep the substrate slightly moist and the rooting will progress rapidly. By next autumn, each cutting will develop into a vigorous young plant ready to be planted in the bed.

Easy propagation using a sinker

During the summer there is the opportunity to breed a gooseberry shrub with a sinker. One-year-old shoots of the outer woody area are best for this method. A suitable branch is pulled to the ground. Where it touches the ground, make a small furrow to bury the counterbore here. Continue like this:

  • remove leaves from the branch where it touches the earth
  • score the bark lightly with a razor
  • bury the shoot in such a way that the tip peaks out of the ground
  • the lowering device is fixed with stones or tent pegs
  • attach the shoot tip vertically to a small wooden rod

While the mother plant continues to supply the sinker with nutrients, a new root system develops from the wounded tissue until next spring. Once you feel a clear resistance during traction, the young plant can be cut off from the mother plant and dug out. Now simply plant at the new location and care for like an adult gooseberry.

Tips & Tricks

The column gooseberry thrives excellently in the large tub. Thanks to a growth height of around six feet, you can harvest the sugar-sweet fruits comfortably while standing. There are many delicious gooseberry varieties.

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