Spring Garden Tips

Gooseberry

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Photo Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder

Botanical Name

Ribes

Hardiness

Zones 4 to 8

Height

4 to 6 feet

Width

2 feet plus

Flowers

Tiny purplish-pink

Fruit

Green, maturing to purple or yellow

Fall Color

Yellow

Light

Full sun to partial shade

Soil

Moist, well-drained

Planting and Care

Gooseberries are still banned in come communities. Check before planting.

Grow in a cool location with good air circulation to reduce disease problems. Properly space and plant on a trellis to reduce disease problems.

Problems

Powdery mildew, anthracnose, leaf spot, aphids, borers, stem girdlers

Varieties to Consider

American gooseberries are smaller but more resistant to mildew than the European types. European types produce larger and better tasting fruit.

Pixwell Gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum 'Pixwell') - Zones 3-8, fast grower up to 5'

Did You Know

Currants and gooseberries are an alternative host for white pine blister rust. This disease can be devastating to white pine plantations and lead to the banning of these and gooseberries in the early 1900’s. Some communities have maintained the ban.

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