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Gooseberry

Invicta / Whitesmith

Early Summer fruit. Disease resistant.

Very heavy cross of large oval pale green berries from mid-Summer. A densely branched spreading bush. Fruit is excellent for Summer pies, fruit jams and bottling. Self-fertile.

Yield: Up to 2kg (alb) from an established bush.
Spacing: Plant 1.5m (5ft) apart in rows 2m (6ft) apart.
Position: Open sunny or lightly shaded frost-free spot, sheltered from strong winds. Prefers a slightly acid, moist but well-drained fertile soil.
Planting: Soak the root-ball before planting. Plant in a hole twice the size of the diameter of the root-ball or pot. Mix an organic soil improver and general fertilizer with the infill soil. Water regularly until established.
After-Care: Fruit is produced on prevueus year's shoots. Cut back all shoots by one-half after planting. Develop a framework of 6-8 branches. Each Winter from year 3 shorten leading shoots by one-half and remove branches from the centre of the bush. Shorten side shoots from last year's growth to 2 buds. Apply a general fertilizer in Spring.

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