Ribes uva-crispa 'Careless' (C/D)
A compact, upright bush with thorny stems and deeply lobed leaves. Produces heavy crops of large, smooth green berries which turn transparent when fully ripe. Fruit has a crisp flavour and is good for culinary use or desserts when fully ripe. Matures in mid-July. Self-fertile.
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Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread1–1.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Ribes can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes spiny, with simple, usually palmately lobed leaves and small tubular or bell-shaped, solitary or racemose flowers borne in spring or summer, followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries
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How to grow
Grow gooseberries in a moist but well-drained soil that has been improved with organic matter. Mildly alkaline (chalky) soils are tolerated. Fruiting is best in full sun, but they will tolerate partial shade. They can be grown as goblet-shaped bushes or trained forms such as cordons. Water well as fruits swell and keep the base of the plants weed and grass-free. For advice see gooseberry cultivation.
Propagate by hardwood cuttings in winter
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Edible fruit
Prune gooseberries in winter and summer
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