Harvest

Remove any flowers so that the plants don't develop fruit during their first season of growth. Expect a light crop the second year and a full crop by the third. Currants and gooseberries ripen over a two-week period in June. Berries do not drop immediately upon ripening, so they usually can be harvested in one or two pickings. Currants can be picked in clusters, and gooseberries are picked as individual fruits. Expect mature plants to yield about 90 to 150 pounds per 100 feet of row.

Wait for the fruit to turn color before picking. Gooseberries come off easily when they are ripe. Determing the right time to pick currants requires some trial and error.

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