Jun 19, Prune in winter to encourage good growth in spring and summer. The best time to prune a mature gooseberry bush is in late winter or early spring when the plant is dormant, just before the vigorous growth of spring when healing will be quick. You may wish to delay pruning until after the buds open, because the thorny thicket of an unpruned bush will be more of a 98%(50).
Transplanting the Gooseberry bush. Remove the soil from the new site to the same depth as the rootball of the bush to be transplanted. As far as width goes, dig out an area at least 50% bigger than the width of the rootball.
Infill the area around the transplanted gooseberry bush with soil from the hole and firm it down with your boots. The bush should be at same soil level. Dec 18, Gooseberry bushes are grown for their small, tart berries excellent in pies and jellies. With arching branches, gooseberries grow to around feet high and across and do well in cooler climates hardy to USDA zone 3. They can become tangled and unhealthy without pruning gooseberry plants. The question is how to prune a gooseberry bush.
Root prune only after leaves have fallen from deciduous plants in fall or before bud break in the spring. Plants may be damaged severely if done at other times. Roots within the pruned area grow many branches and form a strong root system within a confined area. If not root pruned, the plant may die from transplant shock because of root loss. Pruning Gooseberry Plants.
Pruning is an important part of proper edible plant care, but many people find the task overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! Keep these things in mind: You can have confidence in knowing that not everyone will prune the exact same way (even the experts).
We show you how we pruned our gooseberry bush using the three golden rules:Prune out old woodPrune out crossing and low growing branchesPrune to keep the cen.