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Your bushes now need a twice yearly trim to keep them in shape. Summer: In the first week of July (not earlier), trim all new side-shoots down to 5 leaves. There's no need to prune the tips of the leading stems unless they have mildew.

Winter: During the winter, cut back the leading stems by half of their new growth. Now shorten all the lateral side-shoots that you took down to 5 leaves in the summer: this.

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. Protect new flower buds and flowers from frost in spring; if frost threatens cover budding or flowering plants with a floating row cover. Pruning Gooseberries. During the first two years, prune gooseberries to create an open, vase-like structure.

An open structure will allow sunlight and air to reach the interior of the plant and ripen berries. In the first year, select 3 to 5 main stems that grow away from the leader. Feb 14, I prune back my gooseberry bushes by removing all branches that are too close to the ground. (They will break off with heavy fruit in the summer). I keep the more upright branches, and remove any dead, diseased, old or crossing branches.

I aim to leave say cm space around each remaining branch. This gives space for light to get into the bush.