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The Lion thats Dyin....

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Linton starts with ...
Yes, the Roaring Lions look like theyre dying and I dont know why. A few months ago was gifted a couple of Roaring Lion gooseberry cuttings which were planted immediately in premium potting mix. When I received them, both of the cuttings had already developed some roots so one would expect that the plants would have grown easily. Alas, both of the cuttings have since shown no sign of any growth and one at least looks to be dead.

I can’t understand why this has happened as gooseberries should be easy to grow from cuttings and all of my other ones are already in full leaf. Please shed some light on this problem if possible. Keen to grow the Roaring Lion variety because it is much more fructiferous than most other types that are available.
Thanks for your suggestions.
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Edward3 says...
Check if they are still alive by scraping a bit on the side of the stems. I suspect they are just not yet ready to sprout leaves. Even in Sydney some of my deciduous pot plants are only just now starting to show life.
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Linton says...
Thanks for the suggestion. Have scraped the stems and one plant seems to be alive although there is no sign of any new growth. The stem on the other one seems completely dead but there are some new sprouts coming out of it right at ground level.

In the end I bought another Lion from a nursery, pictured, just to be sure of having one plant that is going to thrive. This one is very healthy and growing well with plenty of leaves, but now think that at least one of the original cutting plants might catch up eventually. Cheers!
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Linton says...
So this one is Greenfinch but I don't think its mature enough to fruit this season. I know nothing about this variety so I would like to hear if anyone has tasted the fruit of Greenfinch and what it was like. Also do you know how long gooseberries in general take to fruit? Think I read somewhere that they fruit in the second year. Yours cordially and thanks for your inputs.
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Edward3 says...
I have some gooseberry plants and they did take a few years before producing fruit. Initially only a few, but each year got more as the plant grew bigger.
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Linton says...
Thanks for the info Edward. Could you please tell me if you are growing any of the named varieties and which ones taste the best. Can they be kept in pots or do you have them in the ground?

I found that the red fruiting Captivator variety tastes great when eaten fresh with little acidity but most reports state that Capivator remains a poor bearer, even when the plant matures. Roaring Lion is supposed to be a prolific bearer and I also grow Yorkshire Champion which is rated as having the most delicious and sweetest fruit. Do you grow any of those ones too?

Thank you and good evening!
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Edward3 says...
I have two varieties. One is Captivator and the other one is a thorny variety from a friend who did not know its name but said it tasted better than the thornless one. To me they taste very similar and I like to use them for jam together with jostaberries. Excellent jam.
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