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Tips & Tricks

Multiply gooseberries - 2 easy ways for even more enjoyment


Successfully propagating gooseberries is easy, even if you don't have the proverbial green thumb. We show how to do it.

Gooseberries can be propagated in two different ways: gooseberries are a real delicacy. Whether straight from the bush or processed - they are simply delicious. No wonder that some just want more of it. You don't even have to walk to the nearest garden center and buy a new gooseberry plant to plant later. Save the money and simply multiply your own plant. There are two different ways to do this:

»Multiply by subsidence
»Propagate through cuttings

With both variants, you don't have to be a professional. Even garden novices can master this task without anything going wrong.

Simple and effective - multiply gooseberries by lowering them

Choose this method of propagation if a new plant is to grow in the immediate vicinity of an existing gooseberry bush. Here's how it works:

1 Pick up a leafy shoot that is ideally located in the outer area of ​​the shrub. Test bend the shoot to the ground once to make sure it doesn't break.

2 Next, remove the leaves from the center of the shoot and gently carve the bark about five centimeters in length with a garden knife.

3 Now dig a furrow into the ground with a small shovel. Lower the defoliated, scratched part of the shoot into this furrow and cover it with earth so that only the tip of the shoot is sticking out.

4 Then tap the soil and make sure that the shoot remains in the ground. For example, you can fix it with a tent hanger (better known as herring) or weigh it down with a brick. The lowered shoot will now form new roots in the scratched and earthed area.

The great advantage of this method: In the early days, the nutrient supply is still partly via the mother plant. Only when the new root system can completely take on this task itself, the connecting drive dies.

For shrubs in a new location - the propagation of cuttings

The propagation of cuttings is recommended if you want to grow gooseberry bushes some distance from the mother plant. To get the cuttings, choose annual shoots with multiple buds. You can recognize the annual parts of a shoot by their clearly lighter wood.

1 Cut off the shoots immediately below a bud and shorten them immediately above a bud. The length should be about 25 centimeters. A few centimeters more or less do no harm.

2 Now place the cuttings in a prepared planting pot with soil. Two or more buds should remain visible.

3 Water the cuttings and place them in a partially shaded place. In autumn of the following year you can then put the cuttings in the desired location. Don't forget to keep the plants moist regularly.