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Gooseberry Captivator Bush

Eating Gooseberry Bushes
  • £17.50 (VAT Free)
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Captivator Gooseberry bush produces large, deep red eating gooseberries that are sweet and tasty. These delicious and attractive berries can be enjoyed straight from the bush in late July onwards. If picked a little earlier, they are suitable for cooking with.

Bred in Canada, Captivator is a popular choice of hardy Goosebury bush with good mildew resistance. It benefits from being self-fertile and virtually thorn-free. It will grow to approximately 2.5 metres in height over 10 years.

AKA Thornless Gooseberry

  • Latin name: Ribes uva-crispa 'Captivator'
  • Use: Eating Gooseberry, can also be cooked just before ripening
  • Cropping period: Mid season (Late July)
  • Pollination group: Self Fertile
  • Height and spread in 10 years: 2.5 x 2.5 metres

Planting Advice for Captivator Gooseberry Bush

Soft fruit bushes can be planted close together to create a ‘hedge’ of fruit, or at approx. 1m apart to allow for the individual bushes to stand alone.

Our pot grown Captivator Gooseberry bushes can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root gooseberry bushes need to be planted between November and March. Start by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole slightly deeper than your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help Captivator Gooseberry establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the plant. The help and advice section has further details and videos.

Watering Captivator Gooseberry Bush

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Gooseberry bushes and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down into the soil, a few centimetres and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again. Once you see your fruits begin to swell, water again. We stock a range of irrigation kits that make watering easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Captivator Gooseberry Bush

Soft fruit, including gooseberries, red currants and white currants require some formative pruning followed by a small amount of annual maintenance. In the first year, during early spring, select 5 or 6 main stems and trim back to approximately 15-20cm. Remove the remaining stems by pruning back to 1-3 buds from the ground. In the following year, during summer (June to July), prune back the current year’s growth to approx. five leaves. Soft fruit bushes fruit on older wood so you should not be removing any fruit from your tree, only new growth.

Then, in winter, remove all dead or damaged shoots and cut back the side shoots to about 1-3 buds from the base. Shorten the remaining branch tips by a quarter. Repeat this pruning regime each winter from then on.

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Delivery Times

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We will always try to get your plants to you as quickly as possible.  For many of our trees and plants, if you order today we will despatch your order within 24 hours.  We are constantly adding to our range of next day plants, and we do not add a surcharge for this service. Click here to see our next day delivery plants.

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We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

Pre-orders
We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections
Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

 

Plant Specification Form Size Root type Price Quantity Qty
Captivator Gooseberry Bush Form: bush Size: 30-40cm Root type: 3L pot* Captivator Gooseberry Bush Price £17.50 (VAT Free)
bush 30-40cm 3L pot* £17.50 (VAT Free)
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