Growing Cape Gooseberry, also Golden Berry, Inca Berry

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27 Feb 21 Tony Duffy (Australia - temperate climate)
I've had a gooseberry bush for about 4 years and it has never fruited. It's very healthy with lots of new growth each year but never fruit. I live on the plains in Adelaide.
17 Apr 21 Snow (Australia - temperate climate)
Hey Tony I read in an article that you don't need to fertilise Gooseberry plants. It says that it pushes out leaf growth but at the cost of fruit. I would try laying off the fertiliser unless absolutely necessary.
01 Mar 21 Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
It says here plant spring and harvest 14-16 weeks later - summer. Depending on your soil I would give it a fertiliser hit in spring and water it regularly. One good fertilise when it starts to have new growth in spring. If it is growing and growing into summer cut the water back. A plant's purpose is to reproduce itself- cut the water and fertiliser back to make it go to fruit and seed.
22 Apr 21 Marguerite (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi I have several cape gooseberries in the garden all self sown from an original on I planted about 9 years ago which died last year. My soil is sandy and I completely ignore them except for an occasional drink in summer they thrive and provide a lot of fruit. they begin to gradually die back after about 4 years but if you cut out the old branches they will keep going . They make a very delicious jam.
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