A superb variety, very hardy and vigorous. A mid season red gooseberry. Bred in Finland it produces a heavy crop of large, sweet, red berries of excellent quality. Resistant to mildew making it ideal for organic growing. A dual purpose gooseberry. Self fertile.
Plant 1.5m (5ft) apart in rows 2m (6ft) apart. Likes an open sunny or lightly shaded frost-free spot, sheltered from strong winds. Prefers a slightly acid, moist but well-drained fertile soil.
Soak the root-ball before planting. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root-ball or pot. Mix an organic soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Water regularly until established.
Fruit is produced on previous year’s shoots. Cut back all shoots by one-half after planting. Develop a framework of 6-8 branches. Each winter from year 3 shorten leading shoots by one-half and remove branches from the centre of the bush. Shorten side shoots from last year’s growth to 2 buds. Apply a general fertiliser in spring.