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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist
Vol. IV, No. 4 (June 1899)

Holsinger, Frank
Gooseberry culture,   pp. 15-16 PDF (511.8 KB)


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THE WISCONSIN HORTICULTURIST.           15
suo as much as possible. What I have said applies to red
ra9pberries only. The same rule should be followed for
blqpkcaps except they should be set early in the spring in-
steed of fall and the young shoot nipped back during the
growing season."
GOOSEBERRY CULTUREL
Major Frank Holsinger of Kansas gives in the West-
ern fruit-Grower his method of growing gooesberries:
- LThe cultivation should be thorough, but not deep.
For Oield culture plants should be rather above four feet be-
tweep rows and about the same in the row. There is
no objection to planting in the orchard among young trees,
as slight shade is not particularly objectionable. Little
pruning is necessary to the growing of gooseberries. If,
however, thev are a'lowed to touch the ground they will
root, and care should be taken or your stools will soon be-
come a tangled mass.
To keep them thinned sufficiently requires considerable
attention as well as patience. By checking the growth, in
removing superfluous wood so as to keep the plants within
bounds, you will develop fruit spurs and cause them to bear
more abundantly.
The gooseberry can be grown from cuttings, but this
is not always a success. Usually sufficient new plants are
formed by allowing the plants. to stool. This can be pre-
cipitated by throwing up the earth around the stools in
July, when the wood has become somewhat hardened. In
the fall or spring these shoots can be severed from the par-
ent plants and set out or treated as cuttings. While some-
times difficult to propagate from cuttings, every and any-
thing having any roots will grow readily.
PRUNING GOOSE3ERRaS. -I confess I have been slow


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