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Growing gooseberries & red/black currants in cordons vs bush?

 
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Evening all,

Poundland are currently selling the above in bare root form for... £1 and I did get a few but I was wondering if it is worth investing in a few more but this decision relates to the following..

My aunty has planted 4 fruit trees in two different big patches and I would like to utilise the space between so I was thinking of using one patch as a 'forest' garden style fruit patch.

The other I am either going to do the same or I will try to grow the above in cordons just to see how it goes.

If I was to try growing it in cordons would it/could I fit in more plants as opposed to growing in bushes (thus I will be in poundland asap again)? Are yields increased?

How would I go about doing it?

Thanks for your help,

Samuel
 
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Since older currant canes are regularly pruned out, I don't see how you could cordon them. A fan-shaped espalier might work.
 
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You'd need to have some kind of structure to train them on. Because of that, and Patrick's observation about ultimately rotating through canes, I personally wouldn't put the effort into that kind of training. Fruiting is on second and third year wood... so different than a spur bearing tree like apple, where the same shoot will bear year after year.
 
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Thanks for your replies

As you can tell I am new to gardening so thanks for your understanding!

Samuel
 
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