How To Take Care Of Your Pixwell Gooseberry Bush (Ribes hirtellum) Specs

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Gooseberry 'Pixwell' Live Plant
Gooseberry 'Pixwell' Live Plant
Gooseberry 'Pixwell' Live Plant
Gooseberry 'Pixwell' Live Plant

About These Plants:


This is a Pixwell Gooseberry bush; it is an American goose berry that is smaller than European gooseberries, however it has fewer thorns. ‘Pixwell’ is known for its ability to produce; a lot. It bears tasty fruit in their second or third year after being planted. These plants are approximately two years old and may produce fruit either this year or next.


Zones: 7 – 11

Does this plant produce fruit?

Yes. The plant grows berries the second or third year after it has been planted into the ground, as long as you provide it the needs as described.

The berries appear in the Spring as large green berries and will gradually turn pinkish/red. Once they’ve turned pinkish/red, the berries are ripe.

A mature plant will yield 4-6 qts of berries each year.


How big do these plants grow?

4-5 feet high- If you wish to keep the bush from getting too high, trim it back in the fall.
The plant spread is appx 5′

Growing Needs:


Full sun to partial shade.


The Pixwell Gooseberry bush prefers a soil pH of 6.0 – 6.8 and will thrive in rich, moist soil that is well-drained. Mine is grown in a large tub and is growing well, producing lots of berries each year.


Keep the soil moist but not soaking wet.  


In early spring, fertilize with 12-12-12 fertilizer.


The Pixel Gooseberry bush needs little maintenance; simply prune it back each Fall so it doesn’t become too large and unmanageable. 


How Fast Does This Plant Grow:

This plant grows relatively fast. 


Medicinal Benefits:

Coming soon…

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