Jostaberry - 10 seeds

Jostaberry - 10 seeds

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Jostaberry (pronounced yust-a-berry) comes from a complex cross between the blackcurrant bush and gooseberry plant, combining the best of both parents. It provides a more generous crop than the stingy currant bush without those pesky gooseberry thorns

Jostaberry is a cross between a blackcurrant and gooseberries. It forms a very vigorous spineless shrub, growing up to 1.8-2m tall and a similar size across, and is self-fertile so only one need be grown. The fruits are larger than a blackcurrant and are dark reddish black in colour. These are more like a gooseberry when slightly unripe, but similar to a sweetish blackcurrant when fully ripe in late July, early August.

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Jostaberries can be grown as free-standing shrubs, or trained against a wall.

They thrive in moisture retentive fertile soil in full sun, although they will tolerate shade for part of the day.

Plants are available potted or bare rooted, and can be planted any time between mid-November and March, provided the soil is not frozen.

They should be planted at the same soil level as previously.

The planting hole should have some well-rotted manure or compost dug into the bottom, and once the plant is firmed in, a sprinkling of Fish, Blood and Bone raked into the surface of the soil, and the surrounding area mulched to retain moisture.

Bushes benefit from additional fertiliser early each Spring, and the mulch should be topped up.

During dry spells, they should be watered well, especially during the first year after planting.

Fruit is borne on wood that is one, two or more years old.

Bushes should be pruned to create an open framework of upright branches. About half of the new growth each year should be removed, and any older, less productive branches or those growing at odd angles should be cut out cleanly just above ground level.

Spacing

Single Plants: 4' 11" (1.50m) each way (minimum)

Rows: 4' 11" (1.50m) with 4' 11" (1.50m) row gap (minimum)