Gooseberry : JOSTINE 2 yr old plant ( Black )


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This is a newer variation on the jostaberry theme. Jostine produces large, 20mm (¾"), jet black berries with a flavour which has been likened to a mix of Concord grape and cranberry, highlighted with a hint of plum. They retain the extravagant Vitamin C levels of the black currant, but lose it's muskiness, making them much sweeter for fresh eating. Jams, juice and cordials are just some of the other Jostine options. The robust, upright growing bushes are completely thornless and extremely disease resistant, reaching 150-200cm (5-6') at maturity.


Gooseberry x Current Cross
JOSTABERRY (Ribes nidigrolaria)
The word 'Jostaberry' was coined in the late 1950s by the German scientist Rudolph Bauer, who succeeded in creating a currant/gooseberry cross. He took the first few letters of both German names and combined them - hence Johannisbeere (currant) and Stachelbeere (gooseberry) became Jostaberry. The fruit itself combines some of the better qualities of both, yet somehow still remains quite uncommon outside of Europe.

G41 Dwarf
G935 Small Semi-Dwarf
G969 Small Semi-Dwarf
G30 Semi-Dwarf
G890 Semi-Dwarf
Pollenator definitions
Some trees and many berry plants are SELF-FERTILE ̶means the insect pollinators or even the wind can pollinate the blossoms without the need of a second tree.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER ̶ means another tree of the same type or kind but a different variety must be blooming nearby at the same time.
EXAMPLE A Liberty apple and a Wealthy apple can cross-pollinate. Two trees of the same variety ie: ̶ 2 Wealthy apples, cannot cross pollinate because they are genetically identical.
Other trees are marked as SEMI-FERTILE. These will set fruit without a second tree. However they will often bear more, and sometimes larger fruit if another variety of the same kind of tree is nearby.
You can select 2 different trees of the same kind marked as NEEDS A POLLENIZER or plant one of those along with one SELF-FERTILE or one SEMI-FERTILE. Also consider ripening times ̶ a Goldrush apple might not start blooming before a Pristine is finished.