Gooseberry Ribes uva-crispa 'Rokula' (C/d)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
gooseberry 'Rokula'


The Ribes uva-crispa 'Rokula', commonly known as gooseberry 'Rokula', is a deciduous shrub renowned for its appealing appearance and tasty fruits. The plant is characterized by its attractive, deeply lobed, bright green leaves which provide a lush backdrop for its fruits and flowers. The leaves typically have serrated edges that may give them a slightly prickly feel when handled. In springtime, the gooseberry 'Rokula' produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are usually a subtle shade of green or sometimes tinged with red or pink. These flowers are bell-shaped and hang daintily from the branches. As the season progresses, these flowers develop into the plant's distinctive fruit. The fruits of gooseberry 'Rokula' are the highlight of the plant, being both visually striking and edible. They start as small green berries and gradually enlarge, taking on a translucence with a veined appearance, signifying their ripeness. Mature fruits of the 'Rokula' variety have a smooth skin that can range from green to red or even purple, often with a slightly waxy coating. The gooseberries can be quite tart when unripe, but as they mature, they become sweeter and more flavorful, making them popular for use in pies, jams, and other culinary delights. This shrub also features stout branches that sometimes bear thorns. These thorns can vary in size and are generally there to discourage animals from feasting on the foliage and fruits. The overall form of the gooseberry 'Rokula' is typically rounded, and when unpruned, the branches can create a somewhat tangled appearance. However, with careful pruning and maintenance, the plant can be shaped to enhance its visual appeal and ease the harvest of fruits. Overall, gooseberry 'Rokula' is valued for its aesthetic qualities, delicious fruits, and as a feature in gardens where its attractive foliage and structure can be enjoyed throughout the growing season.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Gooseberry, European Gooseberry, Rokula Gooseberry

    • Common names

      Ribes uva-crispa 'Rokula'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Ribes uva-crispa 'Rokula', commonly known as gooseberry 'Rokula', is not typically considered toxic to humans. The berries are edible and often consumed, while the rest of the plant poses no significant threat. However, like with any plant material, individual allergies or sensitivities could occur, but this is not common. There are no well-documented symptoms of poisoning from consuming gooseberries or parts of the Ribes uva-crispa 'Rokula' plant in the general population.

    • To pets

      Gooseberry 'Rokula' is generally considered non-toxic to pets as well. The plant, including its berries, is not known to cause any severe symptoms of poisoning in animals. However, it's always possible for pets to have a sensitivity or allergic reaction to plants that are typically deemed safe. As such, it's best to monitor your pet if they ingest any part of the gooseberry 'Rokula' plant, and consult your veterinarian if any unusual symptoms occur.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-5 feet (0.9-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      3-5 feet (0.9-1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Edible Fruit: Produces gooseberries that can be used in a variety of culinary applications including jams, desserts, and sauces.
    • Attractive Ornamental: Offers aesthetic appeal with its vibrant green foliage and bright fruit, suitable for decorative purposes in gardens and landscapes.
    • Wildlife Habitat: Attracts beneficial insects and can provide food for birds, contributing to the biodiversity of an area.
    • Low Maintenance: Known for being hardy and requiring minimal care once established, making it a good choice for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Compact Growth: Its bushy, compact habit makes it suitable for small gardens, borders, or even container gardening.
    • Pollinator-Friendly: Flowers attract bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems and biodiversity.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antioxidant: Gooseberry 'Rokula' contains vitamin C and other antioxidants which may help in reducing oxidative stress.
    • Anti-Inflammatory: The fruit may have anti-inflammatory properties that can help in reducing inflammation.
    • Immunomodulatory: This plant could potentially have a role in modulating the immune system.
    • Digestive Health: Gooseberry 'Rokula' contains dietary fiber which can aid in digestive health.
    • Glycemic Control: It may help in managing blood sugar levels due to its possible effect on glucose metabolism.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • The fruits of the gooseberry 'Rokula' can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, yielding various shades of pink or purple depending on the mordants used.
    • In garden design, 'Rokula' can be incorporated into edible landscaping plans, providing both an aesthetic appeal and a source of fruit.
    • The dense, thorny nature of gooseberry bushes makes them suitable as a barrier plant to deter animals and unauthorized access to certain areas.
    • You can train the 'Rokula' gooseberry on supportive structures to create living fences or garden partitions.
    • The branches of the 'Rokula' gooseberry can be used in floral arrangements, especially when they're laden with fruit, for a rustic and unique look.
    • The leaves of the gooseberry 'Rokula' can serve to create leaf mould, a type of compost that benefits garden soil structure.
    • Gooseberry 'Rokula' can be used as a companion plant to support biodiversity, attracting beneficial insects that help with pest control.
    • The tart flavor of 'Rokula' gooseberries can be used to make flavorful sorbets or gourmet popsicles, offering a unique dessert option.
    • The thorny growth habit of 'Rokula' is beneficial for nesting birds, providing protection and shelter.
    • Dried gooseberry leaves can also be used in potpourri to add a subtle fragrance to your home.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Gooseberry is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Gooseberry is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Fertility: The fruitfulness of the Ribes uva-crispa, commonly known as the gooseberry 'Rokula', can symbolize fertility and abundance.
    • Patience: As gooseberries require time to ripen and can be very tart if picked too early, they are often associated with the necessity of patience.
    • Protection: The thorny nature of the gooseberry bush can represent protection and setting boundaries.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Gooseberry 'Rokula' prefers moist but well-draining soil, so it's crucial to water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep root growth. During the growing season, water the plant with about 1-2 gallons every week, ensuring that the soil dries slightly between waterings. In periods of drought or extreme heat, increase watering to twice a week. Adjust your watering schedule during the fall and winter months, reducing the amount to when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

  • sunLight

    Gooseberry 'Rokula' thrives best in full sun to partial shade. A spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight each day is ideal for this plant. However, in areas with very hot summers, some afternoon shade can help prevent the leaves from scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Gooseberry 'Rokula' can tolerate a range of temperatures but prefers moderate conditions. It can usually withstand winter cold down to about -10°F and summer highs that reach around 90°F. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 60°F and 75°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Gooseberry 'Rokula' improves air circulation, reduces disease risk, and encourages the growth of strong branches that can support the fruit. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth starts, removing dead or damaged wood and thinning out crowded areas. It's generally recommended to prune this plant annually for the best fruit production.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Gooseberry 'Rokula' prefers well-draining soil rich in organic matter with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. A mix containing one-third loam, one-third peat or compost, and one-third horticultural sand or perlite would be ideal for ensuring adequate drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Gooseberries, including 'Rokula', typically do not require frequent repotting and can be done every 2-3 years. This schedule ensures they have enough space to grow and replenish nutrients in the soil without causing unnecessary stress to the plants.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Gooseberry 'Rokula' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels, but it thrives best in moderate humidity conditions. Avoid extremely dry air or very high humidity for long periods, as this could promote pest problems or fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, cool temps, and well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to partial shade in fertile, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Ribes uva-crispa 'Rokula', commonly known as gooseberry 'Rokula', starts its life cycle as a dormant bare-root plant or from cuttings taken from a mature bush. It enters a growth phase in spring when buds break to produce stems and lobed leaves, followed by small, greenish to reddish flowers which are typically self-pollinating. After pollination, the flowers develop into green berries that eventually ripen to a deep red or purple, becoming ready for harvest in early to mid-summer. Once fruiting is complete, the plant continues to photosynthesize and store energy in the roots for the next cycle. In autumn, the leaves turn yellow and drop before the plant enters winter dormancy. Each year, the perennial bush grows larger and can produce fruit for 10-15 years or more with proper care and pruning.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating Ribes uva-crispa 'Rokula', commonly known as gooseberry 'Rokula', is through hardwood cuttings. This is typically done in late fall after the leaves have dropped or in early spring before bud break. Gardeners select healthy, mature stems from the current or previous year’s growth and cut them into lengths of 6 to 8 inches (about 15 to 20 centimeters), making sure each cutting has several buds. The bottom cut should be made just below a bud, and the top cut just above a bud to maximize potential for growth. These cuttings are then inserted into a prepared bed or container with good quality soil, with one-third to one-half of their length above the soil surface. The cuttings should be watered well and kept moist until they are established and have started to show signs of growth.