Hinnonmaki Red Gooseberry

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A unique tart and sweet combination. Tart skin covers the sweet flesh of these tasty, ruby berries, so you can enjoy both flavors. Perfect for making pies and jams. Bushes are heavy producers, even when young. Mildew-resistant and cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet, Tangy
Texture Soft, Juicy
Years to Bear 3 - 4
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 3 - 5' tall x 3 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow gooseberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
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grapes don't do well trying something else
CHARLES B on Apr 9, 2021
Trying something new
Elizabeth H on Mar 23, 2021
grapes don't do well trying something else
CHARLES B on Apr 9, 2021
Makes a great fruit punch
Yaryna B on Apr 8, 2021
Trying something new
Elizabeth H on Mar 23, 2021
Michael B on Mar 17, 2021
collecting all types of berries
Ann T on Mar 16, 2021
Wanted a way to include some food production in the front yard. I think this plant is going to look lovely and add some yummy variety to our jams and jellies.
Charlotte w on Mar 13, 2021
I want to make a gooseberry pie. The seven dwarfs loved gooseberry pie.
Victoria R on Mar 6, 2021
I wanted the red gooseberries. I like those best.
Brenda B on Feb 25, 2021
Husband has wanted for years
Margaret W on Oct 3, 2020
I love gooseberries. Used to eat a lot in my youth.
JOHAN S on Aug 16, 2020
Had Gooseberries in the past, now I have a space in my garden for them
GUDRUN S on Aug 14, 2020
Only one available
Linda V on Aug 4, 2020
I wanted a perennial plant that produced an edible fruit yearly and could sustain part shade
Kenneth D on Jul 12, 2020
I wanted another fruiting bush that has great health qualities and is easy to grow in a small area.
VERONICA R on Jun 4, 2020
Needed more variety in my food garden.
Erica P on Jun 3, 2020
On Sale.
Robert D on Jun 1, 2020
my grand mother made her jellies every year and i miss it so now i am going to grow and make my own with her recipe
thanks Santa Paul
Santa paul on May 31, 2020
I wanted a mix but this is the only thing that was available
Joel M on May 30, 2020
On sale
sang S on May 30, 2020
I wanted to try something new
Chelle on May 27, 2020
Food forest
RHONDA C on May 26, 2020
I wish to have as many different kinds of fruit as I can get on my land
shelley s on May 25, 2020
Something new
AMBER V on May 25, 2020
Our native gooseberries here have spikes on them so hopefully this will be easier to eat if the birds don't get them first
Miss B on May 24, 2020
I love gooseberries: the tart skin, the sweet gelatinous inside and the crunchy seeds make it a superb fruit! The Hinnonmaki is beautiful and delicious.
Meyla B on May 24, 2020
A good sale price of 7.99
CarlH on May 24, 2020
great price
Mary S on May 23, 2020
Best tasting to me
Craig L on May 23, 2020
Try something different that deer and animals will enjoy
Bill K on May 22, 2020
Father's Day present. He love gooseberries.
William P on May 21, 2020
I believe they are related to the European varities.
Nina M on May 19, 2020
Love Goosberrys
hotshot on May 17, 2020
The fruit it produces is really nice - sweet and delicious....and it will actually grow in my backyard successfully :-)
Karen B on May 12, 2020
I want to grow many fruits and berries, and love the coloration.
Dustin H on Apr 19, 2020
I have the white,pink, green ones so I wanted to add the red one. I make jams out of them- wonderful here in Minnesota.
Karen C on Apr 18, 2020
Something new to try
Lisa F on Apr 17, 2020
My man loves gooseberries
Sheri C on Mar 22, 2020
I know that these will grow well here. Gooseberries are very easy to work with. These gooseberries are tasty. I had tried this many years ago.
A C on Mar 21, 2020
Buying a gooseberry plant is something everyone should do!
Joeymama on Mar 14, 2020
Because I love that fruit
Ania C on Mar 13, 2020
My mom talked about how good gooseberries are.
M on Feb 22, 2020
flavor, hardiness and thorny hedge
Russell R on Jan 27, 2020
I wanted a sweet yet tart but not overly tart gooseberry of a different variety of than the Jostaberry as a pollinator companion.
Seth G on May 13, 2019
Nutrition. I have too much shade. This should grow in part shade. I also have a small lot. I don't have room for full sized trees.
Teresa D on May 4, 2019
Their color, and description of flavor seemed like something we???d like to try; something fun and new to add to our ever growing berry patch.
Megan N on Apr 27, 2019
Love gooseberry jam
Kayleen E on Apr 26, 2019
Good flavor
Kathleen E on Apr 8, 2019
Why not buy 2 kinds!
Rivette G on Mar 15, 2019
Because they were red and going to make jelly
Charles K on Jan 30, 2019
Its an native gooseberry, so perhaps more likely to get along up in our cold Pocono Mountains, they are nicely colored so antioxidants might be a bit higher, and were said to be productive. The reviews are good. We'll give 'em a chance.
MONT S on Aug 8, 2018
Makes a great fruit punch
Yaryna B on Apr 8, 2021
Michael B on Mar 17, 2021
Can I prune these in the spring and set them in a bucket of water with a root starter and get starts?
Scooter Joe on May 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not sure on a bucket of water, but I have put 6 cuttings in an aquaponics bed and they are taking off.
once harvested how long do the berries keep?
soccer freak on Jul 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you clean the skirt and step off, wash them, dry them, they can be frozen for use anytime. I keep about 8 gallons of gooseberries in the freezer until ready to use. They stay indefinitely, or as long as the next season approaches.
Is this a good fresh eating variety?
Grower on Jul 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These are delicious and productive gooseberries. But they are a bit tart for fresh eating; I use them for jam, which is superb. If you wait until they are fully red, a fair number will fall of f the plants. If heated with a bit of confectioners sugar, and used after chilling as a sauce for ice cream or other desserts, they are also excellent.
Do these Gooseberries have thorns?
HovFam on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wear a long sleeve shirt when picking. Work your arm carefully to the center and come back to pick the berries. The thorns point outward so once you have carefully got your arm in the center, bring your hand/arm back out and the thorns are less likely to prick your skin. The long sleeves (heavy shirt) prevent most of the pricking. The first year and before I learned how to pick the berries, my arms were scratched throughout. When you pick, the berries usually hang on the down side so you can blindly feel the berries as you pick them. The reward is well worth the effort.
If I did want to plant a pollinating partner for greater yield, what would be a good partner?
Betty F on Jul 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend the Invicta Gooseberry.

I've had good success planting pairs of Invicta and Hinnomaki.

The invicta appears to be faster growing than the Hinnomaki but both varieties bore fruit the year after they were planted.

My soil has good drainage and a slightly alkaline ph.
I heard that gooseberries can transmit a disease to white pines, is this true?
steve d on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: White pines and ribes (gooseberries and currents) are both hosts to white pine
blister rust. To be the very safest do not plant them together in your yard. I have no white pine and so I decided to plant them. Some varieties are not as sensitive as others.
Can I plant these in a pot/container? Also, will they produce fruit this year or do I have to wait a year? Thanks!
Christopher B on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Growing fruiting perennials in a pot can be tricky. This is because the temperature of the soil can easily fluctuate....completely freezing all the roots in cold climates in winter and becoming too hot during the summer which both can put unnecessary stress on the plant. The larger the pot the better. If you keep it well watered in summer and can shade it during hot weather that would help. Also protect it during extreme cold so your chances of successfully fruiting in a pot increase. I have ordered several gooseberries and they all lightly fruited the first year and fruit production gradually increased in subsequent years.
What is the botanical name of Hinnonmaki gooseberry?
Carol L on Mar 30, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The Botanical name is Ribes 'Hinnomaki Red'
How long does it take for it to produce?
Beth B on Mar 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 3-4 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can this be planted in southern California ( gooseberry bush ) ? thankyou , marion
Marymary on Jan 23, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: //www.starkbros.com/zone-finder Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.
Maryam M on Jan 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This variety does have thorns.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are these tart or sweet?
Thomas T on Jul 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: A unique tart and sweet combination. Tart skin covers the sweet flesh
can i plant these along with other berries?
Sandra D on Jul 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: These do well tucked in a corner somewhere. They are not big. If planted with a maniac berry like blackberry I would worry about it just getting overrun, but as long as it has sun and room, it does not seem picky.
I pulled out our shrubbery in front of the house and put gooseberry there and it???s been wonderful - very low maintenance.
Do you think I can get away with growing these in shade in Zone 9B?
Aspen M on Jul 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have one left. Had2 but haven???t got all tall ferns pulled out so can???t find 2nd yet. Hope this was helpful
How soon can I have replacement Hinnonmaki Red Gooseberry and Red Lake Currant?
Victor K on Jun 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We will start sending replacements in spring 2021.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Why do you have an item on sale if not available? When will gooseberries be available?
George H on Jun 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. They were available, we have now sold out, I apologize. Fall may be the next time these are available but there is no ETA at this time. I suggest signing up for the product notification, so you are notified first once these are available to order.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old are these roots? As in, how long before they bare fruit?
Michael B on Jun 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 3-4 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is it too late to get bare foot plants now? I live in zone 7b
Jess H on May 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our bare root season is coming to an end as we can not keep them dormant any longer. I would check our website for any sales on bare root products that have not sold out already.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are gooseberries and golbeberries the same thing? Or if not then in the same family?
Jennifer G on May 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Not exactly the same . Just better tasting , and I the same family .
Can gooseberry grow under White Pine trees? Will they kill the White Pine? I am hearing conflicting stories, please help!
avid n on Apr 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: A disease will overwinter in certain gooseberries and go back to white pines during warm weather. The disease can be deadly to White Pines. I don't know if some types of gooseberries have been altered genetically to prevent them from helping to overwinter the disease. You will need to ask the person you're buying from.
Are these thornless plants?
Norm P on Mar 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, the bushes definitely have thorns.
Is this variety heat tolerant? I would like to plant against an east facing wall. Local ambient summertime temp along with reflection can get pretty toasty.
Anita on Jul 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's zoned through Zone 8 so it will tolerate heat as long as you are in that growing zone. Reflective heat is worse than absorptive heat for plants, i.e., if you have white siding or paint on that east wall, that will do more harm than if you have brick or a dark color, which will absorb vs. reflect.
Are the seeds in Invicta fruit small enough to chew and eat?
E S on Mar 23, 2021

Customer Reviews

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Protect from Raccoons
If you have raccoons in your area, they will strip the berries from these bushes. We had to build a cage around our bushes. Last year they took every berry, right before I would have picked them. Not this year!
June 22, 2018
I love these plants. I had them growing up, bought one last year and put it in the ground in partial shade just like I remembered them liking, and low and behold, I got some fruits that year, just like I remembered. Yes, there are thorns, but they're GOOSEBERRIES :) Nice plant.
May 5, 2017
over 5 years ago
2017-July- The Hinnonmaki Red survived the winter Minus 20-25 degrees, at 8000 feet in the mountains west of Denver. A little new growth, plant is about 1 foot high right now may be just a slow grower, but it is growing.
July 15, 2017
over 4 years ago
Very tasty and low maintenance
We've had our gooseberry bushes for three years and they are loaded with berries. We like to eat them straight off the bush. Our soil is terrible and I don't prune them like I should, yet they do wonderfully. I do fertilize them in the spring but that is about all the care I give them.
July 8, 2017
over 6 years ago
I have two and doing well
These are doing very well. Very delicious fruit. Was pleased with the size of these plants. They do have spines but are no bothered by deer or rabbits...though the birds last year discovered their fruits! These also tend to sucker.
May 10, 2017
over 5 years ago
Red Gooseberry and Currant plants.
Excellent quality Bushes. Planted 3 different varieties last year in spring and they began to show foliage and took hold without any difficulties. By this spring all 14 bushes are blooming like crazy (7 gooseberries and 7 Currants). I suspect that I may even get berries in this second year of their life. That’s an excellent quality plant and I can’t wait to see the first berries come out. By the way, the seven bushes of black, red and white currant were all of excellent quality also. All are showing vigorous growth with strong foliage and branch networks. Definitely safe to buy these plants from Stark Bros. My region is Alllentown PA.
May 13, 2018
over 4 years ago
Hinnonmaki Red Gooseberry
My gooseberry plant, purchased in 2016 started growing immediately and has berries on it now, (2017). As fast as it is growing, I have hope to get enough for a pie next year.
Gooseberries make delicious pies.
June 18, 2017
over 4 years ago
Great plant!
Has not fruited yet but has grown into a nice sized shrub- very care free.
June 22, 2017
over 4 years ago
Growing nicely. Have to wait to see how it bears fruit.
June 12, 2018
over 3 years ago
Red Gooseberry
It seems to be doing great...no berries as yet but our area is tough on fruiting plants so will continue to watch and wait.
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago