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My thought is that we should wait until it has gone dormant for the winter, cut the branches back somewhat, and then dig it up, hoping that we've got a decent root mass to above-ground mass ratio. I believe you are on the right track, thought process. Below is how I would go about moving/transplanting a mature gooseberry bush... First, if you can wait ...


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Mike's answer is very helpful in that it walks you though the transplanting process. Remember to get help because the root system is likely bigger than and the soil ball heavier than you expect. Remember also to wrap the root ball tightly while transporting the shrub. You do not want the root ball to fall apart on the way. Also keep the stems covered and ...


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It depends what comes out as fruit and also the cross. If you get an heirloom variety it will come out the same. If it is a F1 cross you have a chance of getting some recessive traits or some good traits from the parent. Growing from seeds and selecting out healthy plants is good for improving the plant variety for your conditions.


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It may depend on the type of gooseberry you have bought. Information I have says that only the Cape Gooseberry is suitable for Brisbane's climate (I'm in Brisbane too). Other types (American, Chinese, European) are a no-go, I'm afraid. Ive never grown it myself, but the Cape Gooseberry is said to be reasonably hardy and can grow well in well drained soil ...


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What might happen is no or very poor fruit production - many fruiting plants need a cold spell to trigger fruiting later on, so growing them in higher zones where it doesn't get cold enough often means they simply don't produce.


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Gooseberries are always grown from cuttings commercially because this is very dependable, and the plants stay true to type. Since you aren't purposefully hybridizing for certain traits, the seedlings are likely to have a smaller fruit, and to produce in smaller quantities, but the actual fruit quality should be fairly good. In Europe, wild plants still ...


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Just dig it up & move it! I have transplanted numerous gooseberry bushes & they are hardy. As long as you do it all in the same day, you can do it anytime of year & not worry about the root ball. Just make sure you fill the new hole with water & supplement like Miracle-Gro before inserting the bush. Then, water & fertilize thoroughly ...


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