Plants reproduce via seeds and pollen, root cuttings and runners and many can even reproduce via stem cuttings. Rooting plant cuttings is a relatively simple technique of increasing your herbaceous inventory. The process requires little more than a few basic tools, a decent medium, suitable container and some diligence.
Gooseberries can be propagated from stem cuttings but there are a few tips and techniques you might want to read up on first.
1. You should time your gooseberry cuttings correctly, during the plant's dormant season. The best times are right after leaf drop in Autumn or just prior to the buds opening in early spring.
2. Cuttings from gooseberry should be hardwood cuttings not softwood.
3. Do not take cuttings during unusually cold weather.
4. Select healthy vigorous year old shoots. The cutting[s] should be 5 to 8 inches in length. Cuttings should be taken from a healthy and well hydrated plant. A dry, aged and Desiccated cutting does not allow for the process of cellular regeneration that takes place in cuttings. Dawn is the best time to take a cutting.
5. Trim off any tender new growth near the tip. The tip cut should be at an angle, slightly slanted and just above a bud.
6. The bottom cut, the part that was attached to the plant should also be cut near a bud but just below it.
7. Slice a very thiner of bark at the the very base of the cutting, just enough to expose the cambium.