An abundance of gorgeous, red, smooth-skinned dessert gooseberries with an exceptionally sweet flavour are produced towards the end of June. The strong, upright bushes have almost spine-free stems, making harvesting much easier. With superb mildew-resistance, Gooseberry 'Xenia' is certainly one of the best new gooseberry introductions of recent years! Height and spread: 120cm (48").
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 4-8 months.
Estimated time to best yields: 28-32 months.
Water well for the first year until plants are fully established. When growing gooseberries, the soil must not dry out during hot periods, particularly while the fruit is being formed. Remove any suckers from the base of the plant as they arise. Netting the bushes will help to protect the currants from birds. Harvest some gooseberries for cooking and freezing in May, leaving the remaining fruit to ripen fully in June for eating fresh from the bush.
Prune gooseberry plants in winter. Remove dead, damaged and crossing stems, before thinning the remaining stems to create an upright open bush. Shorten the remaining stems by half. In spring apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil.
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