Each gooseberry is different. You could probably do some of the weaker growing ones like Jeanne and Hinnomaki Yellow at 2’. But I don’t think you would want Black Velvet at even 3’. 4’ or maybe 5, if you want to be able to move around it. I have some BV which are sending up strong shoots 7-8’ tall, into a neighboring plum tree.
I’m hardy a gooseberry pruning expert, given how my Black Velvets are going everywhere. This year I’m getting more serious about hacking it back. I think with gooseberries, my main goal will be to keep only mostly vertical growth, by cutting back (or away entirely) anything which is drooping.
That’s great to hear. Were they your favorite due to the flavor (strong or sweet?) or due to some other aspect (productiveness, fruit size, etc)? Assuming I get some takes, I can can send out cuttings in the future.
I knew you were experimenting with pruning currants and until that last line I was very impressed with your results
I sometimes get borers in my currants. I imagine that it would be very bad to prune it for years, then have a borer on the main trunk ruin the whole thing.
I haven’t had a ton of it, but haven’t been that impressed with Tixia’s fruit.