Pruning Gooseberries

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The following is a video of me pruning a fuchsia-flowering gooseberry (Ribes speciosum). I certainly hope it is helpful because it is definitely embarrassing! It is my hope that with time I will get better at this video thing, but for the time being, please bear with my amateur attempts. If you must laugh, please laugh with me, not at me – well, you can laugh at me too. Have fun, and hope it is educational.

5 thoughts on “Pruning Gooseberries

  1. That was great. Very helpful and educational. I especially appreciated the closeups, and as a novice, learning about “canes.”

    • weedingwildsuburbia

      Thanks, Pamela. I have used the word “cane” for these thin, straight twigs that grow from older branches. Looking it up, though, I see that watersprouts may be better. Hmmm, I think I came to this word from roses. Not sure.

  2. Thank you. This was timely – I was just looking at mine and wondering what I ought to do.

    • Oh, and this was quite professional enough to pass muster with me. Just yesterday I was wondering if I could coppice this plant, but thanks to your guidance I will prune. The berries on mine are tasty, but I usually leave them for the birds.

      • weedingwildsuburbia

        Thanks, Brent. Not sure about coppicing wild gooseberry. Will check to see what I can find out. Has anyone else out there coppiced this plant?

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