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What now?

Post: #269668 julie_lanteri
Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:57 pm

I planted 2 rhubarb crowns, one blackcurrant, redcurrant and gooseberry bushes last winter and followed the pruning guidlines at planting time.
So far this year, I've cleared the last leaves on the rhubarb and slightly cut back the drooping branches of the gooseberry that were almost touching the ground. What pruning do I need to do before my (fingers crossed) first crop next year? Should I do anything to the rhubarb?

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Re: What now?

Post: #269669 GeorgeSalt
Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:09 pm

Put a bit of compost or well-rotted muck over the rhubarb if you have it, otherwise leave well alone. You can leave the old leaves as a mulch to protect the crown from frost. Hopefully you left it alone this spring/summer, and next year you should feed well and crop lightly. That will give you the best long-term cropping from the crowns.
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Re: What now?

Post: #269671 oldjerry
Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:28 pm

If you've binned the old rhubarb leaves,no worries,just cover the crown with a bit of straw,or similar to get the same effect as George suggests.Re the guzgogs,they dont need major pruning,classically you are trying to get a Wine glass shape,long term(i.e. open out the middle),as this helps air circulate,keeping down mildew,and makes picking a bit less prickly.But in truth if you just remove dead and diseased bits and anything going bonkers(like your touching the ground thing)that will do,especially when they are young.BWs.

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Re: What now?

Post: #269675 GeorgeSalt
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:57 pm

Where gooseberries touch the ground they root fairly reliably.. you might want to leave one or two of these branches and pin them to the ground (a big stone will do the trick) and you can increase your soft fruit orchard very quickly.
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Re: What now?

Post: #269702 julie_lanteri
Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:48 pm

Thank you both for the tips!
I was good last year and didn't pick any of the rhubarb :p a few months to wait and yum yum yum...

Another newbie question, I haven't touched the bronze fennel and it's still standing, all alone in the bed... do I have to cut it back before next spring?

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Re: What now?

Post: #269802 marshlander
Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:38 am

Bronze fennel, yes cut down to about 3". Should come up next year but can be a short lived perennial. Watch out for seedlings some may come true but most will revert to common green. Blooming things come up everywhere are are the devil to dig out once established.
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