Gooseberry is a species of (Ribes) and is native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Gooseberries were introduced into the United States by the early settlers. The American gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum) is native to northeastern and north-central Unites States and adjacent parts of Canada. Native gooseberries are deciduous shrubs and they are fast growing to a mature size of 6 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. Some new cultivars may approach 20 feet tall. The annual growth of the gooseberry occurs in a single flush in the spring. The flowers are self-fertile and pollinated by wind and insects. Gooseberries like morning sun and part-shade in the afternoon and good air circulation. They tolerate a wide range of soil types, except for waterlogged soils. They will perform best in a soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0. A thick mulch of organic material over the root system is excellent for keeping the root system cool and moist.
A Gooseberry bush is usually grown on a permanent short leg of about 6 inches. For pruning purposes, snap off or prune off any branching that occurs below the 6 inch level. After 5 to 6 years of growth, begin removing the oldest stems to make room for new shoots. Pruning the gooseberry bush also allows for easier picking of the fruit from this thorny bush. Gooseberries do not contain any fats, cholesterol or sodium. They do have high levels of vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Riboflavin. Gooseberries are sweet and delicious and are used in jams and jellies. Gooseberries are purported to assist in maintaining cardiovascular and digestive health. We have several varieties of gooseberries and they are listed below.
Nature Hills sells a variety of plants and products, with many available in different types and sizes:
Select (bare root) Trees - Hand-selected quality bare root trees. The height of the tree you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
Select (bare root) Plants - Hand selected-quality bare root plants.The height of the plant you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Plants are 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Select (bare root) Small Fruits - Hand-selected quality small fruit plants. The height and # of plants in the pack you will receive is displayed above and below the image. (Ex: 3-pack of 1 foot plants).
Note on No. 1 Select sizes: You may see No. 1 used as the size of Select Tree/Plant. A "Number 1" grade plant is the highest-grade bare root plant available.
Potted Plants & Trees - Quality plants and trees with developed root systems will have this icon. Typical sizes of our potted plants and trees are as follows:
• #1 Container - Ranges from 2.26-3.73 quarts or 2.49-4.11 liters
• #2 Container - Equal to 1.19-1.76 gallons or 5.246-7.770 liters
• #3 Container - Equal to 2.32-2.76 gallons or 10.285-12.164 liters
• #5 Container - Equal to 2.92-4.62 gallons or 12.86-20.36 liters
• 5.5" pot is 5 1/2" x 5" x 5" which is equal to 1.89 of a quart or 1.78 liters
• 4.5" pot is 4.5" round x 4" deep and equal to 1.31 pints or 619.8 milliliters
• 4" and 3.5" pots may measure 4"x 4"x3 1/2" which is equal to .87 of a quart or .82 of a liter in volume or 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" which is equal to .67 of a quart or .63 of a liter in volume.
Plant and Flower Bulbs - Quality bulbs, roots and tubers. The number of bulbs included in the pack is displayed below the bulbs images.
Seed Packets - Our seed packets will contain this icon.
Other product types will simply list what type of product it is (bags of seed, trays of plugs and garden center items etc.).