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I have 3 goosberry bushes that I purchased 3 years ago and I have never had a goosberry off them I have pruned them hard this year ,but no goosberrys appearing . what conditions do they like best and do you have to have male/female to get fruit?

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Gooseberries are self-fertile, so you do not need other goose berries plants to pollinate and set fruit. They require a well-drained, compost-enriched soil. They are hardy to wind and cooler temperatures and will tolerate both sun and semi-shade. Gooseberries fruit on growth older than two years, so bushes need little pruning in the first 3 to 4 years. Apply a fruit tree balanced fertiliser in spring at regular intervals, with the additions of extra potassium and magnesium in the growing season. Add mulch to retain moisture as moisture is essential. As to pruning, there is such difference of opinion prevails regarding the mode of pruning, it is probable that in different situations it may require varying treatment. Prune as a small bush or small tree (by single leadering then to open-vase shape). The fruit being borne on the lateral spurs, and on the shoots of the last year, it is the usual practice to shorten the side branches in the winter, before the buds begin to expand; some reduce the longer leading shoots at the same time, while others prefer to nip off the ends of these in the summer while they are still succulent. Hope some of that helps.

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