Gooseberries were once very popular in the United States, and just about everyone with a garden grew them or currants. Their popularity seems to have faded some, but they still have plenty of dedicated fans who make preserves, pies, syrup, wine and shine, and the sweeter varieties we offer are delicious eaten fresh. They are still widely grown in Europe and one of their most popular fruits. They are easy to grow, and do best in soil with good drainage. Plant where they receive lots of sunshine and air circulation. Bushes reach 4′ – 5′ tall, and are self fertile so only one variety or plant is required for fruit.
Black Velvet – this huge fruited variety produces dark purple berries the size of grapes. Flavor is quite sweet with a bit of acidity when fully ripe. Plants are cold hardy and vigorous growing. Ripens in June. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2024
Jeanne – is a great flavored variety with deep maroon berries up to 1/2″ inch in diameter. Plants are very productive thanks to their multiple disease resistance. Jeanne ripens mid-late July and is quite cold hardy. UNAVAILABLE FOR 2024
Jostaberry – is a fruit that most people have never heard of, but it’s a cross of black currant and gooseberry. The fruits are dark purple to black, and about 1/2″ plus in diameter. They have a sweet, musky flavor like black currants with a bit of acidity and tartness like gooseberries.They are great for fresh eating, pies, jelly and preserves, and syrup.
The bushes grow 3′-5′ tall, and do well in a sunny, well drained location, Jostaberries are self fertile and are not hosts for White pine blister rust that some varieties of black currant are, so they can be planted in any county in Michigan. They are also resistant to leaf stop and mildew. This is an easy plant to grow with delicious fruit! Space plants 4′ apart.
12 to 18 inch plants in 1 gallon pots $16.00 each