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The Pot-Grown Orange: How to Cultivate Oranges in Containers

The Pot-Grown Orange: How to Cultivate Oranges in Containers

Given the UK climate, it’s best to grow all orange trees in pots. These trees are only hardy in very warm climates, so they do need to be indoors – in your home or greenhouse – over the winter. The best way to accomplish this is to grow orange trees in pots so that you can move them between your home and your garden as the seasons change. Select the best orange tree for pots You need to select a…

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing Orange Trees: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets

The Ultimate Guide to Growing Orange Trees: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets

Once you place an orange tree in its best environment, it’s quite easy to care for. With just a little care and attention, you can pick your own fresh oranges from the tree. Here’s what you need to know for growing and caring for orange trees. Buy the tree from a reputable nursery Look for orange trees that are two to three years old with bright shiny leaves.To grow your tree in a container then make sure to buy a…

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When are Gooseberries in Season?

When are Gooseberries in Season?

Gooseberries have been a popular British fruit for centuries dating as far back as the Elizabethan era. The fruits are in their season between May and August, with their peak being in July. Early in their season, gooseberries are bright green in colour and usually have veined effects on their skin. They are also somewhat hard and tart. This variety is perfect for making the classic English pudding, jams, tarts, and sauces. Later on, the fully ripe, sweeter fruits available…

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How to freeze gooseberries

How to freeze gooseberries

Gooseberries are known for making jams, desserts and wines thanks to their sweet-tart taste when ripe. The fruits have just one season through the year and when it’s time to harvest, you will much likely end up with a lot of them. Under-ripe berries are perfect for jam preparation whilst the fully ripe fruits are ideal for use in beverages and desserts. The gooseberries, however, will not last too long after the harvest and this is were freezing them comes…

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Why Does My Gooseberry Bush Not Fruit

Why Does My Gooseberry Bush Not Fruit

The major reason people grow gooseberries is to indulge in the delicious fruit. If you have gooseberry plants around, you expect them to bear fruit at a certain point, and if this doesn’t happen; there is a problem. If you are facing this challenge, below are factors affecting your plant’s ability to fruit and what you can do about it: The two most common reasons for gooseberries not fruiting are either they are simply too young, they need a good…

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Growing Gooseberries in Pots

Growing Gooseberries in Pots

Gooseberries are a doddle to grow and can flourish in nearly any kind of soil provided that they have lots of sunshine. They can be grown in pots or containers, as bushes or even trained against a fence or wall to save space. Today we’ll delve into growing gooseberries in pots and the various aspects surrounding their growth; watering, harvesting, common problems, and more. Planting the gooseberry in pots Gooseberries are hardy, deciduous, perennial shrubs that grow up to 5ft…

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How and when to Grow Gooseberries From Cuttings

How and when to Grow Gooseberries From Cuttings

Growing gooseberries from cuttings is an easy and inexpensive process that can be done by following a few simple steps. When to take gooseberry cuttings Ideally, you want to take hardwood cuttings which should be done between September and October while the ground is still warm to encourage rooting. Still, the most ideal time is just after the plants have dropped their leaves or just before. How to take gooseberry cuttings Cuttings from gooseberry bushes must be made from hardwood…

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When and How to Prune Gooseberries

When and How to Prune Gooseberries

Gooseberries are some of the hassle-free fruiting shrubs to have in your garden. You can grow them in gardens, big or small, in allotment patches as well as in containers which is one of my favourite ways to grow them. The issue for many people, however, is in regards to pruning these plants and that’s largely because of their thorny nature but also because they need to be pruned every year and correctly to get the most fruit. If you…

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What’s Eaten the Leaves on Your Gooseberry Bush – Gooseberry Sawfly

What’s Eaten the Leaves on Your Gooseberry Bush – Gooseberry Sawfly

Gooseberry farming was made popular in 19th century Britain, but the plant is still indigenous to many parts of Europe and Western Asia. It is cultivated for various uses, both domestic and commercial purposes. The berries are edible and can be eaten raw or cooked as an ingredient in desserts. They are also used to flavor beverages such as soda, flavored water, and fruit wine. The gooseberry fruit can be preserved in the form of jam, dried fruit, and as…

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Why are my leaves curling on my gooseberries?

Why are my leaves curling on my gooseberries?

Leaf curling of gooseberry leaves can either be upwards or downwards depending on a number of factors that affect your gooseberries. They could be nutritional deficiencies, disease or infection, insects, abiotic discharge, waterlogged soil, dehydration and dare I say it, even climate changes. Insect infestation and, in particular, aphids, are usually the first culprit at the first sign of leaf curling, usually affecting the new growth at the tips of the branches. I would say 90% of the time, aphids…

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