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Pixwell Gooseberry

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Enjoy easy harvests from nearly thorn-free plants. Irresistible in jellies and pies. Fruit is ripe when color changes from spring green to blush pink. Carefree plants. Cold hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Pink
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July Zone 6
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm
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?
Stark Bro's Store
Read about Mrs Madison sending some to Mrs. Monroe.
Tom K on Aug 2, 2019
ate them as a child
Norman E on Apr 14, 2019
Read about Mrs Madison sending some to Mrs. Monroe.
Tom K on Aug 2, 2019
Have had gooseberries in the past from Stark Bros and wanted them again
Debra G on Apr 24, 2019
ate them as a child
Norman E on Apr 14, 2019
We used to have Gooseberry plants when I was a kid. It made the absolute best pie I ever had. It reminds me of my mother whom I miss dearly.
Sandra W on Apr 12, 2019
It???s a fruit that???s not available in my region .
Marcos M on Apr 7, 2019
This sounds like the best gooseberry to make jellies and wines
Dan H on Mar 17, 2019
I love fruit! Tasted these berries last summer while walking in the neighborhood. Wanted to try them.
Rivette G on Mar 15, 2019
I???ve heard they???re very healthy for you
Erika P on May 23, 2018
we have had a gooseberry bush or 2 at every home I have ever lived, Gooseberry pie was my dads favorite. we recently moved and need to continue the tradition.
Elizabeth P on May 15, 2018
I have always been a big fan of gooseberries and Pixwell is the most common variety.
Jeanine L on May 1, 2018
Childhood memories of a flavorful cobbler.
TERESA S on Mar 11, 2017
Had them before... really liked them
Kim W on Jul 29, 2016
Needed some filler bushes for a few I've lost. I think I have a mix of varieties in the patch, but most are probably Pixwells.
Jon R on Jul 20, 2016
I used to eat them as a child at my grandmothers house, they grew on the hill top.
Marilyn S on Jun 13, 2016
Already have one Pixwell plant growing
Donald B on May 5, 2016
Recommendation from a friend with gooseberry experience
James L on Mar 31, 2016
Grows like a weed here. Delicious fruit.
Kate S on Mar 11, 2016
I love to eat them!
JOHN P on Feb 18, 2016
Have had gooseberries in the past from Stark Bros and wanted them again
Debra G on Apr 24, 2019
We used to have Gooseberry plants when I was a kid. It made the absolute best pie I ever had. It reminds me of my mother whom I miss dearly.
Sandra W on Apr 12, 2019
Does the Pixwell Gooseberry have thorns?
Pam B on Feb 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but fewer thorns than other varieties.
How can I ensure my plants will be healthy and produce well?
Jacob on Jun 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You have to realize that gooseberry are more colder climate plants. I live in South Carolina and they haven't survived the heat so next time I planted them in partly shaded area and they are still performing well.
Take a soil sample to your local extension location and have it tested. Tell them what you will be growing in that soil and they will precisely tell you what ingredients it's missing.
Lately I've been a big fan of raised gardening for all my berries bushes such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries etc. Fill it with a good gardening soil (I usually purchase from mulch places around 35/bobcat scoop)
It's been producing a lot more especially if you live in the south and have to battle all this red clay.
Happy gardening :)
Do the pixwell gooseberry have the spiky fuzz that is on the invicta gooseberry? I am looking for a gooseberry with a smooth skin. Thanks, Barbara
Barbara V on Jul 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The skin of the pixwell gooseberries is smooth.
is the end of May to late to plant a gooseberry Pixwell?
Elloise M on May 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I plant mine late spring, in the end of May, 2 years ago. So far its growing good and I had a few berries last year
is pixwell gooseberry American or European?
toddy on Jun 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Pixwell is an American gooseberry.
Can this gooseberry Bush be planted in a large pot?
Christina L on Jun 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can but please be aware that it the height and width stated above will be naturally constricted by growing it in a container.
Why should gooseberries not be planted near pine trees?
James S on Mar 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Just white pines. Currants and gooseberries serve as an alternate host for the rust fungus that causes white pine blister rust, which doesn't hurt the currants/gooseberries but is very damaging to white pines.
Is Pixwell Gooseberry mildew-resistant?
Julia S on Jan 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Pixwell is. Not all gooseberries varieties are, however, so take care to choose wisely.
Zone 8B-humid,warm weather ,with clay in soil.Can I grow gooseberry successfully?
Millie on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You're on the very edge of the growing zone. The clay is less a problem than the humidity and the possibility of fungus diseases. A regular spray program can solve that; there are organic and inorganic products that will both do the job. This works great: /

Customer Reviews

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Pixwell Gooseberry
The bushes are only in my garden for the second year. They stood the winter weather well. There has been some slight damage by dear. This my favorite Gooseberry variety. My grandparents kept several bushes. Remember to never plant gooseberries or currant near white pine trees, my grand parents did not know this and lost three large pine trees.
May 12, 2016
over 4 years ago
Loaded with fruit
One year after planting my Pixwell gooseberry bushes, they are thriving and loaded with fruit. I expect to be able to make a gooseberry pie and possibly a few small jars of preserves in this first year. I am very happy with my three gooseberry bushes.
May 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
I have two
I ordered two of these. One in 2015 and the other in 2016. The 2016 one was slightly larger. They were both bare root and had good shape. Both have established themselves well and have over wintered. They due tend to sucker so its important to remove the suckers. Plants are spiny so wear gloves while handling. Both produced fruit their first year which is very tasty.
May 10, 2017
over 3 years ago
pixwell gooseberry
I planted this bush last year and it gave me some berries this year. Also, the gooseberry bush next to it from stock from my mother's house, came to fruition for the first time in eight years. I'm happy.
June 28, 2017
over 3 years ago
Bush is full
Our bush is full of gooseberries and they are good
May 7, 2016
over 5 years ago
We planted two last year and one survived. It already has berries! Needs some support.
June 12, 2016
over 4 years ago
Pixwell gooseberry
I am very pleased with my Pixwell Gooseberry plant that I bought from Stark's Nursery over a year ago it is going very well and this spring has actually given me large green gooseberries can't wait till I can pick them and despite the early hot weather we have had in May which is the hottest on record my Gooseberry plants is doing very well
St. Louis
June 2, 2018
over 2 years ago
The first year of producing a crop my kids and neighbors kids picked the plants clean as soon as the berries were ripe! They loved them. Hopefully i'll be able the try some come next season.
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Love our gooseberries
This is our 2nd year for our pixwell gooseberries, they are loaded and look great, we anticipate a pie or 2. Last year we picked some, mixed with strawberries for a great dessert recipe.
May 18, 2016
over 4 years ago
Love, love, love these gooseberries!
Even though we've had a terribly hot and dry summer, and even with only a few supplementary waterings, these baby gooseberries produced some fruit to eat out of hand. Gooseberries are my new "go-to-rage" as far as berries go! I LOVE THESE GUYS! We both love that they're relatively easy to pick and have an awesome sweet n sour taste, plus they are pretty to look at, too. YUMMY!
August 9, 2016