Xenia' Gooseberry Bush | 9cm Pot

Code: TR0608
Xenia' Gooseberry Bush | 9cm Pot
Gooseberry Xenia 9cm Pot
This fabulous new Red Gooseberry is an up and coming star of the soft fruit world- It produces bumper crops of red fruit, already sweet enough to eat straight off the bush in Summer, or if you prefer, you can make into a sauce. It is virtually thorn free and grows upright which makes harvesting so much easier. Recently awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit for all of the above qualities, this come highly recommended from Primrose too!

N.B Xenia when young is as thorny as any gooseberry but as each bush matures it loses most of the thorns and so ends up virtually thornless.

Characteristics
  • Arrives as: 9cm Pot
  • Approx height on arrival: 15-20cm
  • Shrub is approx. 2 years old
  • Fruit: Red berries
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 1.5m
  • Approx Spread: 1.2m
  • Flowering Period: Spring
  • Harvesting Period: June/ July
  • Tolerance: Drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Bushy
  • Self pollinating: Yes
  • Uses: Eating fresh, smoothies, sauces, jams/ preserves
  • Hardiness: Somewhat Hardy
  • Rate of Growth: max. Height in 5 years
  • Scented: Yes
  • Wildlife friendly - Attracts bees and other pollinating insects, provides food for birds

Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
    Add +
  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • Full Tree Planting Kit - Empathy™ Rootgrow, Afterplant and Tree Stake & Tie
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: Partial shade, full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
  • Moisture: Moist but well-drained, well-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 1.2m

These soft fruits will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 4.0 - 6.0 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.

Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.

Fruit Benefits

These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.3/5 (6 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"very very very good plant"

Reviewed Thursday, 3 May 2018

Rating: 3/5

"bare rooted plant insufficiently protected and roots dried out a bit. Waiting to see if it survives."

Reviewed Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Rating: 5/5

"XENIA GOOSEBERRY HAD THORNS I ASKED FOR THORNFREE"

Reviewed Saturday, 23 December 2017

Rating: 4/5

"Have only just planted this bushes and awaiting results!"

Reviewed Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rating: 4/5

"Good"

Reviewed Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Rating: 5/5

"Excellent"

Reviewed Monday, 20 March 2017

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