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How to water gooseberries,

Gooseberry is a perennial shrub plant, characterized by an erect stem and in most species, by branches covered with thorns. Its fruits are rounded berries of different sizes and colors, depending on the cultivar. Among the best known varieties stand out:

– Careless gooseberry, characterized by large green berries

– Poorman gooseberry, with medium-sized reddish berries

– Leveller gooseberry, with large yellow berries

– Pax gooseberry, with medium-sized berries, known for its lack of thorns

Cultivating gooseberries is simple, given its ability to adapt to any soil as long as it is fertile and its high resistance to diseases. It is a good rule to water the gooseberry plant with abundant doses of water, especially before flowering and in summer, for the entire period of ripening of its delicious fruits.

Cultivating gooseberries


To cultivate gooseberries and have a good harvest already on the two-year-old branches, it is necessary to prepare the pre-planting in a fertile soil, worked in depth. The young gooseberry plants that are sold bare-rooted must be previously immersed in a mash of mud, to reinvigorate them and ensure better rooting. It is a good rule to dig a hole at least half a meter wide and deep, in which to place the horn and bury the roots in a mixture of soil and compound manure. The best period for planting is the period from November to the end of March. All gooseberry species develop quickly in areas with a temperate climate and good humidity, such as in the foothills and in the pre-alpine regions.

Fertilize and prune the plant


From the year following the planting of the gooseberry, the plant is able to branch autonomously. However, to preserve the fertility of the soil and cause good fruiting, it is a good idea to fertilize the gooseberry plant once a year, in the autumn period. It is advisable to place an abundant quantity of organic fertilizer at the base of the stem, after a deep weeding. Even in spring, adding fertilizer for fruit trees can help boost flowering and subsequent ripening of fruits, as well as mulching interventions to maintain the right humidity in the substrate and allow the plant to absorb nourishment from the soil. necessary. The pruning of the Gooseberries serve to keep only the most vigorous branches capable of producing many fruits. The old branches must be pruned and the weak branches that obstruct the center of the plant must be eliminated, to ensure the right oxygenation and maintain the harmonious posture of the shrub.

Gooseberries: Diseases and Remedies


Plant known to be quite strong and resistant to adversity, the only disease of the gooseberry plant is powdery mildew which mainly affects the Poorman variety and all red fruit species. To combat powdery mildew, sulfur-based formulas are usually used which, however, both in powder and in wettable form, causes a phytotoxic action in the gooseberry, with the consequent arrest of the vegetation and the fall of the leaves. Therefore to heal the plant it is necessary to resort to other substances, the specific synthetic antioid products, on sale in specialized nurseries. To prevent powdery mildew, it is good practice to carry out a treatment with Bordeaux mixture once a year at the end of winter, in order to avoid the development of the disease during the vegetative phase of the gooseberry.

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