they are easiest to propagate from a rooted bit, and many gooseberries in particular like to tip-root.
so in a perfect world your 3 best options are:
Division from mother plant
sucker or shoot growing low enough there is some root material in the soil/mulch
I would at least look for some suckers or tip-rooted sections, those are the best bets and fastest growers because they already have root. I have seen a lot of both with my red and white currant, poorman, and jahn’s prairie gooseberry…
following those, hardwood cuttings are what I’ve used, dipped in hormone and put outside someplace with a LOT of shade. This isn’t maybe the best way to do it, but it offers pretty fair rooting efficiency in a “set and forget” situation…in the past I stuck the cuttings in either raised beds or just bark mulch near the foundation of the house on the north side.
I suspect there are other ways to root, perhaps better ones at that, and I believe soft cuttings are also used, but it isn’t hard to cut a bunch of wood from currants and gooseberries usually, so medium efficiency is still good enough.
Currants and gooseberry are pretty easy. Similar to elderberry I think. Here’s my recent thread on elderberries rooting:
In my experience, it has been easier to root all 3 of them in the ground, than indoors. I’ve had very high (90%+) takes on all by sticking a cutting in the moist ground in the fall (~November) and doing nothing else. One year I had a perfect 100% take on about a dozen of them, except for the one I put in upside down (don’t do that… ).
Indoors though has been trickier. But if you start with a few , you’ll probably get at least one take.
As Mark mentioned, you’ve probably got a better chance if you can find one which has already tip rooted or suckered. I found a few which tip-rooted by accident recently and was able to send some of them out. A couple of them were too big to send (without massive root and top pruning), so I just used those myself.
I took some cuttings when I removed the bush. Did this in Sept by oct they had enough roots so I potted 4 up. The rest are outside in the snow. It’s a test to see if they come back. BTW I just rooted them in water.
Here is one I kept in the greenhouse that has buds forming that should open March One old leaf left
photo taken 12/31/16
Potted up some currant and gooseberry cuttings from GRIN Corvallis, about 4 days ago. They are already starting to leaf out. I know the real test is if they will develop roots- i will update on that later! I just stuck the twigs in the pots, no rooting hormone.
I have propagated hundreds of currants with almost 100% results. I generally trim my bushes around February or March(I am in NY) . I cut the trimmings into about 10-12 inch lengths (width doesn’t really matter). I scrape the bottom 3-4 inches enough to take off the bark but leave the green underneath it, not fully but at least in strips. I dip in rooting hormone, push into pots and leave in a warm area (my living room) and in a few weeks they will push out leaves and take off. They don’t seem to mind the planting process which I do in May, so I put many cuttings in each large pot. I find my own cuttings grow faster and produce sooner than any cut and rooted currant I have bought. For Elderberry, I do the same with similar results. For gooseberries I do the same with about 50-70% survival. They grow slower in the beginning I find.
I would leave them alone. They may not be rooted yet either.
Yeah I usually don’t do anything to them. Yes very easy to root. I don’t fuss with them at all. I put three in a spot I want the bush and keep the best one. I have so many other seeds and cuttings going I wait till the ground is workable and put them out. Root them directly in the spot they will be going to. I don’t have room to start them now.
Maybe use rooting hormone with the gooses! The best IMO is Clonex gel, rather expensive but much better than powders. Powder can rot pieces at times, gel does not for whatever reason?
Also if it is your own plant you are trying to clone, try layering pieces near the ground, or make an air layer. I use Pro-mix just slightly moist Google air layer on Youtube to see the many methods of doing it. I like using a bottle.