Prepare the transplant area. Very light (sandy) and very heavy (clay) soils especially should be improved before transplanting, all soils can be improved in the same manner. Dig in lots of organic matter such as garden compost or well rotted manure. If these are not available, dig the soil over and add two handfuls of blood, fish and bone. STEP 3 Prune the Gooseberry bush. When you dig up the gooseberry bush.
Dec 18, How to Prune a Gooseberry Bush. Before pruning gooseberries, wear some thick leather gloves and sterilize your pruning shears with rubbing alcohol.
Prune out any dead or damaged branches on 1- 2- or 3-year limbs. Prune the branches out to ground level in the early spring. Pruning Tips. Each spring, prune away weak and crowding branches, leaving only several shoots from each year’s growth.
Prune off all 3-year-old branches to make room for more fruitful, younger branches. Gooseberries produce best on 1-year wood. Branches that produced the preceding year should be. Jun 19, Prune to a bud that faces upwards. An upward-facing bud will help the plant grow up toward sunlight before the weight of the fruit begins to pull it down.
The natural tendency of the gooseberry is to be a bit sprawling and droopy; you want to counteract that. Cutting vertical growth will promote lateral growth%(50).