I’m into my second year of Jostaberry ownership, I didn’t prune it in early summer so it’s already overshadowing a couple of 3 year old blueberries and has outperformed all the currant bushes by several growth rate factors and it’s a wonderful shape … the fruitcage was looking very leafy but nary a fruit bud in sight! I have a three year old Jostaberry bush. It’s well worth pausing to make sure you put your vegie patch is in the best possible position before getting stuck in. Has fruited heavily (about the same as a sturdy blackcurrant)every year producing large acidic/sweet purple berries great for pies, jams jellies and ice cream mix. It’s a good idea to mix organic compost into the soil before planting. The fruit is exceptionally flavourful and tart, but I think that a cold Northern climate is the reason. The Jostaberry seldom gets mildew and would certainly be well worth growing. Strong growing but needs protection from early frost. If early, you can take “softwood cuttings” (more delicate to get going). Arching branches provide dramatic effect. Grows 5' x 6', sun - pt shade (grow in sun for best fruiting). Quite unbelievably, winter with its festivities is almost…, Dorothy sussed it. Hope that helps. It is in leaf from April to October, in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from August to September. I can tell you the years I was criminally ruthless about pruning, the following year I had bountiful fruit production. Come second winter, pruning starts to encourage young growth, which (theoretically) have better fruiting potential. A friend of mine bought three bushes a couple of years ago from Canadian Tire, if you can believe it. Jostaberries (Ribes nidigrolaria), on the other hand, don’t share these issues. Blackmoor nurseries is also another option, as they have a good selection of quality plants too. It’s actually a community garden called Priory Common Orchard, set just off a cross-roads, and I could equally think of it as ‘Currant Crescent’ which is … The description does sound enticing, but I’ll wait to taste before planting. More fruit bushes-to-be – jostaberry Posted by louisa on Wednesday 16 March 2011 in growing | 4 comments A while ago, I said I was done planting fruit bushes for the year , then about a week later I remembered I had some honeyberry bushes on order but once they were planted up, that was it re: fruit bushes for the year. I love both black currants and gooseberries, and have long been curious about jostas. Devon, grown for four years in clay soil on top of exposed windy hill and trained along wires. Happy gardening! ... Worth growing for beautiful golden-yellow new growth. Feast for caterpillars last year, and one fruit. Do not cut out the old wood, unless it is diseased or dead, but manage the new growth. Gardeners in Europe have always planted more gooseberry and black currant bushes than gardeners in North America. It’s in a dreadful site. It is a big bush, at least twice as big as a gooseberry or blackcurrant bush, but, with… The Jostaberry enjoys full sun in afternoons, though partial shade in the morning which it is written, does them little harm. Jostaberry - Incredibly vigorous hybrid between black currant and gooseberry. Over 5 years it has yielded perhaps one cup of fruit even though it’s gotten huge and is squeezing out 2 more prolific Saskatoon-berry bushes. Ribes x culverwellii is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft). Delicious in jams, pies or eating fresh off the shrub, they are worth growing. The fruits are larger than a blackcurrant and are dark reddish black in colour. Cuttings made from bush two years back have rooted well and grown quickly but as many of the posts here state have failed to produce from masses of buds – fingers crossed this year. Or, persuade your friend to find something that cuts twigs, Ask him/her to visit the bush when the leaves fall. mrtjforman Posts: 331. I have an organic food-forest-in-progress which includes about 5 large Jostaberry plants. I prune every year, heavily, to allow the new growth plenty of room for light and air. I am in Canada, zone 3, and have a 5-year old Jostaberry. Or should we dare try another oddity, such as perhaps the Worcester berry? Pat Jostaberry. The jelly I made this past summer was stellar. Are you talking about your Tesco vegetables again? So what went wrong? They need lots of space as they make huge floppy bushes, spacing need to be about 1 metre I would like to tell you all that I have three Josta bushes that are over 50 years old. Has anyone on here grown jostaberry? Subsequent winter, no pruning. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Marathon Woman: An Interview with Jo Thompson, Chelsea Flower Show: The 2012 Thompson Design, The Socially Acceptable Kitchen Garden: Fruit & Veg Snobbery, Fusion Gardening: The ornamental edible garden. He may very well, be correct. Mine is about 6. Breeders have produced these curiosities by cross-pollinating related fruits; the loganberry is a raspberry x blackberry hybrid, while the jostaberry is a hybrid cross between a gooseberry and a blackcurrant. Jodeli® tastes best of all the new jostaberry varieties; it has the most sugar and impresses with its extraordinary fertility. So I’m not the only person having Jostaberry problems, I look forward to seeing what you do, I will give mine one more season. Ours has been replaced sadly, but glad yours fruiting well. Again, tiny harvest paired with its usual excessive growth. Jostaberry Fruit Plant are a cross between a gooseberry and blackcurrant, it has all the virtues of both, ... Well worth a try and great for container growing. of Agriculture, or the equivalent. We dug it up two weeks ago, and will be replacing it this winter with another blackcurrant. Last year it had over 10lb, This year it looks like more – in spite of the awful spring. Mind you, it was Free winter 2011, from a reputable, well known supplier of all and every type of edible (and non edible) growing things, but this little Freebee will bee in the bin if it does not flower/fruit this year. Using netting when growing this plant serves a couple of different purposes. Berries!!!! They grew like crazy for a few years without fruit (possibly their habit, or too much nitrogen) then switched to producing masses of fruit – kilos per week. 5 Cold Hardy Edible Nitrogen Fixer Plants Worth Growing! 8 April. When growing a jostaberry as a shrub, all branches can be left when planting; the shrub is not cut for the first 3-4 years. (These are for “hardwood cuttings”). off one bush, and clear it in one pick. if you have a premium site & don’t mind bending, prickles & catty smell,, go for Goosies & Blackies – or all 3. Jul 15, 2016 - Has anyone of your readers any experience in growing Jostaberry? If you want large, violet berries, “Jogranda” is one cultivar to look at, but note that the drooping branches often need support. “Pat”. Home value report for 2401 Jostaberry Way, Odenton, MD 21113. Delicious in jams, pies or eating fresh off the shrub, they are worth growing. Pruning is as prescribed, with the four D’s; remove Dead, Diseased, Dying and Damaged wood. Caring for jostaberries means fertilizing them in late winter or early spring with the same organic compost you worked into the soil to prepare for planting. Jon Munday, Nursery Manager Blackmoor, said in a recent tweet, ‘I would have a Blackcurrant or Blueberry over the Jostaberry, anytime’. Strawberryblonde I have had a Jostaberry for 2 years; plenty of leaves, loved by various insectivorous critters, but to date nerry a flower nor berry to be seen. I picked up two jostaberry 'red josta' (from what I can tell, possibly a new cultivar out of Oregon?) Already in the 19th century the first crossing attempts took place, with which a thornless gooseberry should come out. If so which variety? Results to date have been poor to say the least. Bul 855 growing currants, gooseberries and jostaberries:layout 1. About the size of a black currant, Black, hairless, cn be eaten straight off the bush. They root very well. I was going to chuck it. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! Despite our hard pruning, it continued to outgrow the fruit cage and sadly not contribute in terms of fruit value. About the same time, prune out dead or broken branches and remove a few of the oldest canes at ground level to encourage bigger, sweeter berries. The pleasing outcome is two new fruits that combine the taste of both their parents, deliciously different and well worth growing! I have no idea whether it will survive such treatment. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And caring for jostaberries is easy since those who developed the shrub included a built-in resistance or immunity to most berry diseases. Join the nationwide grow-along community you need to be part of today for free. Rarely do nurseries offer specific varieties of jostaberry by name, such as Jostagranda and Jostina. How to Make and Can Jostaberry Jam ... the unusually productive bushes produce fruit that's well worth the effort. View on Homes.com as well as property record details, price history, local schools and refinance offers. Why is it that gardening still seems to be viewed as…, Time to concede. Jostaberry Growing Tips Jostaberry shrubs grow fast and live a long time in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 8 , surviving temperatures down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 C.). To grow in winter your garden will need full sun or at least a spot with lots of open sky, but in Melbourne your vegies only need the summer sun for about 5 … Place them where they will get afternoon shade in hotter climates. Mar 1, 2014 - Has anyone of your readers any experience in growing Jostaberry? Regarding Jostas, if you are troubled by bird-theves see my comments & the reply above. I have a three year old Jostaberry bush. If you live between the Great Lakes you should have a good climate for Jostas.. My grandmother let the bushes sprawl, but I had the bright idea to train them up a pole in a braided fashion to a standard style. Remove any low, ground hugging shouts to prevent fruit touching ground. Our oldest bush and the parent plant of numerous others is now around 4-5 years old and starting to produce fairly well. I just wonder why it was Freee – oh yes – its a hedge tree not a fruiting tree – silly dizzy blonde again. Then follow the advice re. It flowered this year and last, fruit set but none survived to maturity last year - fruit-fall or birds? They require a location with well-drained, slightly acidic soil and a high organic content. That is the next year yield. Grow on a 1 Metre leg, as the growth tends to be thin & wippy, train on 3 horizantal wires to keep off the ground, facilitate ease of picking from both sides, & prevent a bad back. There’s a new kid in the berry patch. “Red Josta” is another productive cultivar with very sweet berries and red highlights. I am about to try Josta berry and welcome your comments.But do try Worcester Berry (Thorny as Goosberry). Jostaberries are the child of European Black Currants and Gooseberries with Pacific Northwest native Gooseberries. My bushes are in the backyard with north-west winter winds, however, we do get plenty of snow for protection. Set the plants slightly deeper than they were growing in the nursery (note the soil mark on the plant). There’s just no place like home. Since Jostaberries are slow growing, I assume they only need netting from birds once they are old enough to fruit and the net can be removed until that point so the birds can get the bugs and similar from the bushes and growing area. Ask your friend to send you a dozen cuttings (more if you want a plantation) , about 30cm long, of healthy this years’ shoots, when he prunes his bushes… (Just like blackcurrant cuttings.) Mar 1, 2014 - has anyone of your readers any experience in growing?. – they seem to take several years to get going.Think “ tree ” “. 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