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Planting and Nutritional Requirements

In fall or early spring, plant well-rooted, 1- or 2-year-old dormant plants, cutting back the top portions of the plant to 6 to 10 inches. Space plants 3 to 4 feet apart in rows 6 to 8 feet apart. Note that plants can be vegetatively propagated by stem cuttings. Another possibility is to graft gooseberries and/or currants onto a tree species of Ribes called Ribes aureum. Grafting can be done on a convenient height of the tree, allowing the bush to produce fruit higher up, thus aiding in ease of harvest and weed control around the base of the plants. Remove flower blossoms from plants in the first year to encourage plant establishment and growth for future years. Well-established plants can fruit for 10 to 15 years or more.

To fertilize, apply 6 to 8 ounces of 10-10-10 annually in an 18-inch ring around the plant in early spring.