Your opinion is important to us!

We are constantly making our site better and more user friendly for you. Any dispute, whether praise or criticism is important to us!

We welcome your suggestions!


Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Gooseberry Easycrisp® Lady Sun (almost) thornless

(Almost) thornless yellow gooseberry with soft skin

Gooseberry Easycrisp® Lady Sun (almost) thornless


Article number: 2191437


These options are not available!

£8.40 *

Keep this in mind: The delivery of your entire order with us only costs £4.95! Even if you order many plants, the delivery costs will remain at £4.95. With Lubera, you do not pay for the transport per plant, but per order.


Product information "Gooseberry Easycrisp® Lady Sun (almost) thornless"

Maturity: Medium early ripening
Fruit: Medium-sized, yellow fruit with white markings
Flavour: Crisp, juicy, very sweet
Yield: Regularly high
Growth/health: Upright, (almost) thornless, very tolerance to gooseberry mildew
What are Easycrisp thornless gooseberries?
The family of Easycrisp gooseberries combines the best thornless varieties from our own breeding and other breeding programmes together. Lubera Easycrisp thornless gooseberries have the following characteristics:

-(almost) no thorns
-large, aromatic and juicy
-upright and healthy habit
-tolerant to mildew
Gooseberries are healthy
The main constituents are Vitamin C (150 g is the daily requirement), B vitamins, silicic acid, potassium, magnesium, pectin, fructose, fruit acids. Gooseberries are rich in fibre and stimulate the intestinal activity. They promote the healthy growth of hair, nails and help to have solid teeth and bones. Thanks to the strengthening of the vascular walls, gooseberries are also rumoured to have an effect against varicose veins. In addition, they stimulate digestion and help reduce cholesterol.
  • Flowering Period May
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period July
  • Final height 80cm to 100cm
  • Final width 40cm to 60cm
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Plant Type deciduous
  • Sweetness sweet
  • Use for containers, for wild gardens, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour yellow, green
  • Leaf Colour green
  • Lubera Easy Tip Based on our experience in the variety tests but also in customer service, we have awarded this plant with the title “Lubera Easy Tip”. With this designation, we emphasise only those plants that according to our experience work (almost) everywhere; they are easy to grow and bear fruits or produce flowers quickly and without problems. These are plants that can be enjoyed immediately and without effort once planted.
  • Lubera Breeding This plant was bred by Lubera in Switzerland and placed on the market after extensive testing at our facilities in Buchs (CH) and Bad Zwischenahn (D). In 20 years of work, Lubera's founder and breeder Markus Kobelt has bred more than 80 of his own new varieties for the home garden; they all have the goal of providing you, our customers, with more experience and flavour, easier growing and more resistant, more robust varieties.

Customer comments "Gooseberry Easycrisp® Lady Sun (almost) thornless"

Write an comment


The fields marked with * are required.


Do you want to ask a question about "Gooseberry Easycrisp® Lady Sun (almost) thornless"?

Take advantage of this form for your questions(s) about the product "Gooseberry Easycrisp® Lady Sun (almost) thornless". Your question(s) and also the answers (from the Lubera® team and other garden friends) will be published here.

Apr 1, 2020

No flowers? (J.P)

Hello Great plant which I've had for nearly 10 years now. I pruned it severely 4 years ago to stimulate growth and it put out a lot of new long shoots. The problem is last year the shoots -3 year old were still not producing flowers. I gave the plant bonemeal. Why is there a lack of flowers? Thanks.

Jun 9, 2020

No flowers (Lubera)

Hi J.P sorry for our late reply. We do not know what happenend with your plant. Can you send a foto to please? Thank you and best regards

Jun 19, 2020

No flowers! (Richard)

I've analysed this plant growing in my garden for many years now. It appears to fruit mostly on only 3 year old wood and that wood still remains productive for many years. I left a shoot on for 8 years and that produces the best fruit set. New shoots take 3 years or more to produce flowers unlike Hinnonmaki group which can flower within 2 years or sometimes earlier.

Any cuttings of Lady Sun produce very little fruit and are quite thorny. This plant suffers badly from sawfly attacks and flower drop off-run off after heavy rain is a problem too. Thankfully it is very vigorous and recovers. My advice unlike the traditional advice don't prune out the old 4 year old wood and grow it in a large container so you can manage it better. Its fruit is truly delicious and early so bear with it as it is worth growing for that alone.

Jun 26, 2020

Fruiting on 2 year old shoots? (F.P)

In my experience of this Ladysun gooseberry it NEVER produces flowers on 1 year old wood at the base as some do, and flowers lightly on 2 year old wood. But most gooseberry cultivars in the Ribes genus with an established root system should flower more on 2nd year shoots and older Ladysun gooseberry flowers and fruits mostly on 3 year old wood and these shoots can remain productive for many years past despite common advice saying prune out old wood older than 4 years. This has nothing to do with disease or virus but rather the genetic cross of the plant.

You must keep the old tall upright, 3rd year wood as a framework to maintain good production and new shoots will still appear at the base as this plant is very vigorous. Don't prune it out, but trim the end of shoots back to two or three buds!

Mar 12, 2019

1 year old wood bearing fruit? (Greta)

Hi My question is after the gooseberry plant is well established, will this Ladysun gooseberry bear fruit on 1 year old wood- growth from the previous year, so to speak? Thankyou for your answer.

Mar 19, 2019

1 year old wood bearing fruit (Lubera)

Hi Greta, the most flowers you will have on the 2 and 3 year old wood. Best regards your Lubera team

Mar 6, 2019

is Ladysun a Hinnonmaki hybrid cross? (Jo)

Hi Is gooseberry Ladysun gooseberry one of those Hinnonmaki Yellow hybrid crosses? Thinking of purchasing it as its fruits look quite delicious. Thanks.

Mar 12, 2019

is Ladysun a Hinnonmaki hybrid cross? (Lubera)

Hi Jo, no Lady Sun is not a cross of Hinnonmaki. We used genetic form eastern europe. Best regards your Lubera Team

Mar 9, 2018

When do new shoots bear fruit? (Sue)

I'm curious to learn about when the new shoots bear fruit on Ladysun. If new shoots appear this year and form long canes, do they fruit the following year or is it usually 2 years later? My Captivator never fruited for 3 full years on new canes and is still erratic. I have Hinnonmaki Red & Yellow and fruits can come on both 1 year old shoots and older canes easily with little pruning. Thankyou for answer.

Mar 13, 2018

Bear fruit? (Marco)

Shoots which are at least a year old will have some fruit, then on the 4th year you must prune them out as they become unproductive. Best to have a balance of new shoots and old.

Jun 1, 2018

Fruit bearing shoots? (Alex)

I have had no luck with this cultivar whatsoever. It is low yielding(not even 250g for me)and ph sensitive. The flowers frequently drop off in spring and contrary to information that most gooseberries bear fruit on 1 year old shoots, this Lady Sun cultivar has problems bearing even on 2 year old shoots. I've only ever seen flowers form on wood on 3 year old shoots.

My Hinnonmakis Red/Yellow and Green always form flowers on 1 year old shoots readily and crop heavily.

Mar 9, 2018

When do new shoots bear fruit? (Sue)

I'm curious to learn about when the new shoots bear fruit on Ladysun. If new shoots appear this year and form long canes, do they fruit the following year or is it usually 2 years later? My Captivator never fruited for 3 full years on new canes and is still erratic. I have Hinnonmaki Red & Yellow and fruits can come on both 1 year old shoots and older canes easily with little pruning. Thankyou for answer.

Feb 21, 2018

Lady Sun pruned to soil level? (Colin)

Hi we were clearing out old bark and branches in the garden and my son by mistake cut my established gooseberry Lady Sun main stem to soil level. Now it is only a stub a few inches high. Will it recover or is it dead? Thanks for advice.

Feb 21, 2018

Lady Sun pruned to soil level (Sonja Dreher)


most likely the gooseberry will make new shoots from out of the rootstock, just wait until the end of July, if nothing shows up until then, it is dead.

kind regards
Your Lubera Team

Feb 22, 2018

Snapped Main Stem! (C.T)

Same happened to a couple of well established plants of mine which were broken when a small tree fell over them during a storm. I then had to prune them hard to the ground hoping for the best.

One(a Careless variety) sprouted new canes from the base in late spring and recovered well, but the other(Invicta) just rotted. Only time will tell!

Feb 5, 2018

Thorny canes? (Helen)

I lightly pruned my Ladysun gooseberry end of autumn last year. I must missed collecting all the branches I pruned out and overtime this winter they got buried under soil. I noticed they rooted into quite thorny plants which I disposed of. How can this be, isn't Ladysun gooseberry thornless???

Feb 5, 2018

Thorny canes (Sonja Dreher)

the thornless gooseberries, that are on the market everywhere, are all thornless on the young branches, where the fruits are supposed to be, so you can harvest without getting stung.
In the second year these, branches develop some thorns, but not as much as the regular gooseberries.
So don't worry about that you might have gotten a wrong species, it is just normal.

kind regards
your Lubera Team

Feb 6, 2018

Thorns? (Dave)

Very interesting! Same happened to me once with another thornless gooseberry. From what I read it is something to do with chimeral thornlessness, but I think it applies to some blackberry types. Virtually thornless gooseberries aren't totally thornless just have a lot less. Ladysun might be a hybrid cross with Reveda type which has fewer thorns and Yellow Hinnonmaki hence giving the yellow sweet fruit?

Jan 9, 2018

Seasonal Yield? (callum)

My questions similar to the below one, but I'd like to know please what is the expected yield of gooseberry Ladysun when established. does it keep producing year after year or does it quickly exhaust the soil? Thankyou.

Jan 10, 2018

Seasonal Yield (Philipp Schneider)

You can expect 1-2 kg / m² planted area.
Gooseberries like a soil with a good nutrition conditions. We recommend to use fertilizer like our Frutilizer.

Jan 7, 2018

Heaviest cropper? (Jo)

What's the heaviest bearing Lubera gooseberry or your best allrounder? I've grown thornless gooseberry before and find them shy in yield. Thanks.

Feb 21, 2018

Heaviest cropper? (Sonja Dreher)

the harvest does not depend on whether a gooseberry has thorns or not.
In addition the thornless varieties are more resistent against mildew and have healthier leaves than the thorned ones.
It depends on soil, nutrients and water supplies and the place where the bush is planted.
At our testing ground we grow them together with 'normal' Gooseberries and we would not say they are shy in yield.
Solemio, Goldling and Lady Late are the ones with the highest yield.

kind regards
Your Lubera Team

May 22, 2017

Aphid prevention? (Carl)

I can't say I've had a lot of success with this plant in my border as every year despite spraying, aphids infest it(curl the leaves badly!) and the flowers drop off after heavy winds and rain. Should I dig it up and put it in a container? Thankyou for advice.

May 31, 2017

Move your plant! (Paul)

I would as you can manage the plant much better in a large container.

Jul 1, 2017

Mildew (Andy)

I thought this lady sun gooseberry was immune to mildew.? Don't get me wrong this is not a criticism but just an observation as like the plant very much. After two heavy days of rain this week in the UK I checked my plant and surprisingly saw powdery mildew on a few leaves but just on the end of the canes. So it proves to me no gooseberry is immune. Thanks.

Jul 24, 2017

Change location? (Philip)

Digging it up and moving it to a plant pot or to another location might work for you, but I doubt it. I had the same trouble as you last year with the aphids and sawfly, so I moved it near a back wall for better wind protection of its delicate flowers which do tend to drop off during bad weather. I then introduced mildew from reduced air circulation and sawfly attacks increased twofold. My neglected Hinnonmaki Red has none of these problems. My advice just spray it

Oct 4, 2017

Mildew and sawfly!!! (Mr T Brown)

I cannot recommend this gooseberry Lady Sun as it bears very light crops of less than a kg even when established, it is decimated by sawfly every season and persistently gets mildew after rainy weather. Also the flowers rot and drop off easily after heavy showers. Hinnonmaki Red is the best gooseberry of all without any of these problems!

May 14, 2017

Gooseberry vein banding resistant cultivars? (Howard )

Mildew as we know is the most important thing to be aware of with gooseberry and choosing resistant cultivars, but what I want to know is, are there any resistant Lubera gooseberry cultivars to gooseberry vein banding virus in yourLubera gooseberry breeding program of the last 10 years? I had two of my gooseberries Hinnonmaki Yellow & Leveller succumb to it last year, because of aphids which attack all gooseberries and are a vector for this virus. Gooseberry Lady Sun looks very disease resistant from its reviews here. Thankyou for your answer.

May 8, 2017

Fruiting after planting? (Sharon)

Out of curiosity after planting a gooseberry how many years before they give fruit? I read 3 to 4 years on most gardening sites. Long time to wait for a plant to bear fruit! For example, if a gooseberry plant is 1 year old, does it fruit the 2nd year? Thankyou for the answer.

May 9, 2017

Fruiting? (John)

I'm no expert and you will get a better answer from the specialists Lubera, but as far as I know up to to 3 years to get a decent crop. Say you take/have given a woody cutting from this year's new plant growth any time from this October until February/March next year and plant it. It will take a year more to establish its roots a bit and then another year for the canes to develop and branch out. You may get a light crop in the 2nd year after planting, but in the 3rd year production starts and takes off in the 4th year. That is why it is better to buy established plants and save you all the hassle of waiting for it to fruit. Those cheap pound plants are not worth the trouble really!

May 13, 2017

Gooseberry Fruiting Pattern! (Doug)

In all my tests with gooseberries I always find that most cultivars start to fruit after 27 to 28 months from the time you strike a cutting from either 1 year old previous wood or new green growth in the same growing season- assuming July is your future fruiting time.

This pattern hardly varies except for a few types like Hinnonmaki Red or Yellow which can sometimes fruit in the same year of planting, if the cutting roots is already established in a leader/big branch form. The crop is extremely sparse though, so that is why most gardeners buy established 2 year old plants!

May 31, 2017

Cropping! (Paul)

Some do, some don't depends on the cultivar and how well developed the roots are. Usually only the Hinnonmaki types/maybe a few others can fruit within a year of planting a good sized plant, if planted early, or they can fruit the 2nd year from a small cutting, but the yield is very light. The third year is usually the starting point for a nice crop of fruit in any fruit plant.

Apr 23, 2017

Flowering! (Tina)

Hi Lubera Why do some gooseberry canes have lots of flowers and some don't? I know because of the pruning I did last year that all the canes on my Lady Sun plant are not older than 3 years and are a good mix of 1 & 2 and 3 year old productive wood? I was really expecting a lot of flowers like last year. Half of the canes(ten in all) are in flower with none on the rest. Perplexing! Thanks

Apr 30, 2017

Flowers lack of? (James)

I'm not sure if the answer is like a previous question asked here, but to save you the time of wading through it all, here's what I learned. It could be due to lack of sun, especially if the canes are of a similar age. I had a similar issue with most of my gooseberry plant getting full sun but some canes were more in shade at the same time, so very few flowers developed. Or 'run off' when for some reason the flower process is aborted. This mostly happens with currants. My bet is lack of sunlight or the plant is stocking up its food reserves, so keep those canes for next season. Feed well with fish/blood bonemeal.

May 5, 2017

Flowers! (Mark)

If your gooseberry or even part of the plant is in shade or not getting enough sun each day then plant hormones which the sun stimulates are not produced to initiate certain growth and flower formation. That said the gooseberry will set fruit in shady positions as wind is the main pollenizer of its flowers(not insects as most think!!), as well as its own high self fertility due to it flowers being hermaphroditic( having male/female components to allow fruit set. However it does need a few hours of sun to get those flowers to form in any situation! Your location may be the problem?

May 8, 2017

Flower formation (Tim)

Fish blood bonemeal and potash every year. Never fails me. I grow Lady Sun & Captivator and get nice yields about 1.75kg each per plant every July using these age old recommended plant foods for gooseberries.

Mar 23, 2017

Yield? (Thomas)

Hello The plant description is 'yield regularly high' what does this mean in kilos and would gooseberry Lady Sun have same potential as Malling Invicta or Hinnonmaki Red yields which are very high? Thankyou.

Apr 12, 2017

Yield (Michael)

I've grown this plant for 5 years and the yield has ranged from very good to none. The 1st year was very light as expected and In the 2nd of planting in a large tub I picked about 3 pounds of juicy fruit. The 3rd year as the plant was pot bound I moved it to the garden- poorer soil and picked surprisingly 4 pounds of fruit. The 4th year(last year) I lost every flower for some reason- wind, rain, birds, overpruning? giving no crop. This year the plant is now in full flower, but mostly on the top half the canes, so touch wood last year was just a glitch. Very good plant overall.

Apr 30, 2017

Yield (James)

About 1 to 2 kg, more after 4 years when established. I have this plant and picked about 3 pounds of tasty sweet gooseberries in its second year. My established gooseberry Captivator gives me about 5 pounds a year of delicious fruit.

Mar 6, 2017

Full plant size? (Karen)

Does the plant reach full size and produce gooseberries quickly after planting? Thanks.

Apr 12, 2017

Growth (Michael)

Hi, within a year of planting you should get a good crop of a 1kg, if the plant is a good size to start with.

Feb 17, 2017

Sawfly! (Tony D)

How resistant is this plant to sawfly if at all as every gooseberry I've grown has been attacked by them each year? It really is most frustrating to see this destruction of a plant virtually overnight. I'm curious also if this Lady Sun gooseberry plant is a hybrid of two plants like you did with the blackberry Navahos with Loch Ness to improve its disease resistance to all pests and fungi? Thanks.

Apr 12, 2017

Sawfly! (Michael)

Unfortunately no gooseberry is immune to sawfly attacks, possibly newer gooseberry cultivar 'Jeanne' as the leaves are tougher/non attractive. Just keep a constant eye on your plants- check daily as those pests will strip a plant bare within a week. I squash them, but pesticides are totally useless because they can be still hatching out under the leaves. Use soapy water daily for up to 10 days to drown them.

Feb 7, 2017

Gall mite resistance? (Edward)

Hi, how does this plant do against gall mite which affects most blackcurrants and gooseberry to varying degrees? Thankyou.

Feb 8, 2017

Gall mite resistance (Schneider)

Dear Edward,
gall mite attack of gooseberries is not variety dependent. Yellow varieties are as attractive as dark ones.
Kind regards,
Philipp Schneider, Lubera-Team.

Feb 7, 2017

Gall mite resistance? (Ted)

Hi, how does this plant do against gall mite which affects most blackcurrants and gooseberry? Thankyou.

Feb 9, 2017

Mites? (Adrian)

Mostly blackcurrants get reversion virus from big bud mite(gall mite). Gooseberries get low infestations but are not bothered by this virus as far as I know long term. Spider mites on buds get picked off by birds so net as late as possible. I've never heard of gooseberries prone to other disease other than mildew or root root which Malling Invicta is prone to on heavy clay sites.

Apr 12, 2017

Gall mite and reversion! (Michael)

Gooseberries are NOT!!! effected by the blackcurrant gall mite which is a vector for reversion disease. Only virus disease which mostly occurs in large plantings in North America is gooseberry vein banding disease. I think gooseberry Leveller is used as a test for it as it is prone to it, but I've never heard of it in the U.K of late. Dieback is another pathogen like disease which has effected newer cultivars 'Pax' in some Dutch plant trials.

Mildew is the main worry, but gooseberry Lady Sun thankfully appears to be immune to it, thanks to Lubera's excellent breeding program. On the whole the gooseberry is an incredibly healthy plant and can live beyond 20 years or even more. There are still some plantings in places which are over 40 years old!

Feb 1, 2017

weeks in fruit? (Rachel)

How many weeks does this plant fruit for in the season and is it vigorous? Many thanks.

Feb 2, 2017

weeks in fruit? (Sonja Dreher)

when the fruits are ripe, they have to be harvested within 14 days, before they start falling off.
This bush is a good vigorous variety

kind regards
Your Lubera Team

Feb 2, 2017

Weeks! (Roger)

Usually 2 weeks for most cultivars including this one. However cooler temps can sometimes result in a 3 week ripening season like I had last year with Easycrisp Ladysun. This cultivar is an exceptional strong good grower for such a smallish bush type plant.

Apr 12, 2017

Vigor (Michael)

Plant has much more vigor compared to others like the Hinnonmaki gooseberry family, which are slow growers. It can give fruit for up to 3 weeks depending on how sunny it is. In very hot weather the fruit ripens much sooner.

Jan 31, 2017

Size of Ladysun Easycrisp berries (Philipp Schneider)

The average fruit weight is between 7.5 and 9 gram. It depends on the supply on the plant and on the amount of fruits on the shrub. Best, Philipp Schneider, Lubera-Team.

May 31, 2017

Fruit size (Paul)

I find the fruit is about 5g to 6g on average and very tasty!.

Jan 31, 2017

Size of Ladysun Easycrisp berries? (Can Ozdemir)

What is the size in grams of this gooseberry? I want a good size for fresh eating. Thanks for advice.

Jan 27, 2017

Gooseberry Yield and pesky birds? (A.J)

Hello Lubera what amount of kg fruit may I expect from Lady Sun after two or three seasons cropwise and are birds a menace for this plant? I have never had to net my Hinnomaki Red plant even once in 15 years, but they always try and eat my other yellow/green plants every year.

Jan 31, 2017

Gooseberry Yield and pesky birds? (Philipp Schneider)

Dear customer,
you can expect an yield of about 1 to 1.5 kg per m².
Of course Lady Sun can be eaten by birds too, but our experience is, that birds prefer red and dark gooseberries and ignore yellow or green ones by tendency.

With kind regards
Philipp Schneider, Lubera-Team.

Jan 31, 2017

Thankyou! (A.J)

Thankyou Mr Schneider for information. I must be very lucky with my red gooseberry plant, but your comments however explain well the real reason why my Hinno Red gooseberries are not eaten by the blackbirds each year and not the Aronia Nero which is planted directly next to it. They love the black Aronia too much! Thanks again.

Feb 1, 2017

Yield (Jim)

Been growing this gooseberry for years and never had a bad crop. Consistent around 3 pounds per plant, sometimes more each season. The taste of the fruit reminds me of a sweeter version of Hinnomaki Yellow which is said by many to taste the best of all like an apricot. In my garden both Hinno Yellow & Lady Sun gooseberries break bud very early in spring and appear not to need as much cold during winter as other gooseberry cultivars do to kickstart growth. Lady Sun is much better plant- few thorns!

Jan 23, 2017

Flower fertility and strength! (Trevor Jones)

I grow Hinnomaki Green which has superb mildew resistance, but is too thorny. I used to grow Hinnomaki Yellow not so good mildew resistance as above and its flowers are very sensitive to wind making yields erractic in some seasons. Is Lady Sun plant in full flower sensitive to windy Spring conditions which might effect its good pollination later? I mean could the flowers be damaged easily/how were your Lubera trials in Switzerland of adverse conditions? Thanks.

Jan 26, 2017

Flower fertility and strength! (Sonja Dreher)

Our trails with it in Switzerland were very good. The flowers are not much affected by wind and rain.
This variety is thornless at the new shoots and a good mildew resistance.
A very good selection.

kind regards
Sonja Dreher

Jan 23, 2017

Flower fertility and strength! (Trevor Jones)

I grow Hinnomaki Green which has superb mildew resistance, but is too thorny. I used to grow Hinnomaki Yellow not so good mildew resistance as above and its flowers are very sensitive to wind making yields erractic in some seasons. Is Lady Sun plant in full flower sensitive to windy Spring conditions which might effect its good pollination later? I mean could the flowers be damaged easily/how were your Lubera trials in Switzerland of adverse conditions? Thanks.

Jan 23, 2017

Flower fertility and strength! (Trevor Jones)

I grow Hinnomaki Green which has superb mildew resistance, but is too thorny. I used to grow Hinnomaki Yellow not so good mildew resistance as above and its flowers are very sensitive to wind making yields erractic in some seasons. Is Lady Sun plant in full flower sensitive to windy Spring conditions which might effect its good pollination later? I mean could the flowers be damaged easily/how were your Lubera trials in Switzerland of adverse conditions? Thanks.

May 25, 2016

Few Flowers dropped off! (Paul D)

Hey there, similar issue, Lady Sun was growing well and fruiting great for the last two years, but this year the few flowers I'd seen on the bush never developed into gooseberries, just dropped off. Virus??? Now I'm left with a vigorous bush, with no juicy yellow fruits to eat in July. Love some advice here as my Hinnomaki Red which is planted a few feet away is full of fruit again and never has this problem, despite much neglect, little pruning for the past ten years.

Jun 15, 2016

re: flowers (Karl J)

As a gooseberry grower myself, I can identify with this. I don't grow this variety, but usually when this happens it is because of 3 things:

1. Wind and wet weather. The flowers are quite delicate.
2. Hungry birds especially bullfinches love to nibble on gooseberry flowers in Spring.
3. You over pruned it too much and left no fruiting spurs from the previous year.
4. Sawfly and pests.

May 11, 2016

No flowers! ( Joyce Edwards)

Hi, I've been growing this lovely plant for 4 years approx gettingvery good crops of berries around 3 pounds last year. Late Autumn 2015 pruned it a bit, and the plant has grown tremendously like a small bush now 3 feet big, but only a few flowers have come! I counted a disappointing four. I cannot understand this as it looks like we aren't going to get loads of gooseberries like previous years. I thought gooseberries crop on 1 year old cane wood. Surely those new canes/long side shoots sprouting from the old pruned wood should flower and give berries. Bit mystified, but love the plant anyway Thankyou.

Jun 15, 2016

Pruning (Karl J)

Sometimes depending on the variety this can happen, however the plant should have still fruited on the other older wood. You may have over pruned old wood or overdone the nutrition so it just forms canes. In future best to just tip the ends of season's new growth, prune cross over branches and keep an open bush in the middle. Leave it next year and see what happens.

Firstberry® Blue Duet

£34.40 * Instead of: £38.90 *

Fourberry® Black Pearl®

from £19.40 *

Strawberry Parfum Fraisonette®

from £4.40 *

Blueberry Buddy Blue

from £9.90 *

Akebia quinata - Chocolate vine

from £20.40 *

Chinese Chestnut

from £50.40 *

Apple Lubera Paradis® Crispino®

from £22.90 * Instead of: £28.90 *

Apple Paradis® 'Ladylike'®

from £17.90 * Instead of: £21.90 *

Kaki 'Early Fuyu'

from £43.40 *

Apple Paradis® The Forbidden Apple

from £17.90 * Instead of: £21.90 *

Apple Paradis® Granny Swiss

from £22.90 * Instead of: £28.90 *

Columnar Apple Malini® Mannequin

from £16.40 * Instead of: £20.40 *

Cassissima® Blackbells®

from £9.90 *

Blueberry Rubel

from £9.90 *

Lowberry® Blackberry Little...

from £9.40 *

Apple Paradis® Sparkling®

from £17.90 * Instead of: £21.90 *

Dicentra eximia

from £4.90 *

Cape gooseberry '(Big) Little...

from £4.90 *

Geranium sanguineumx psilostemon...

from £3.90 * Instead of: £4.90 *

Aster divaricatus

from £3.50 * Instead of: £4.40 *