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Dec 18, 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. Prune 4-year-old or older gooseberries in early spring, cutting out the weakest and oldest limbs, again, down to ground level.

May 21, Prune back all but 5 branches during the first year. Start pruning year-one gooseberry bushes in the early spring. Choose 5 of the strongest and thickest-looking stems coming off the main stem of the bush. Use a pair of sterilized hand shears to cut away the other growth to 95%(19). Jan 13, Gooseberry bush after winter pruning. Wood that’s up to three years old tends to be the most productive, so you ideally want a mix of stems that are one, two and three years old.

Prune out the oldest stems to allow space for next summer’s new stems. Now. 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. May 21, 1. Prune back all but 5 branches during the first year. Start pruning year-one gooseberry bushes in the early spring.

Choose 5 of the strongest and thickest-looking stems coming off the main stem of the bush. Use a pair of sterilized hand shears to cut away the other growth to 95%(19).