Cricket Hill Garden
Gooseberry, 'Black Velvet'
Ribus hirtellum 'Black Velvet'
Variety description: Known for having large, purple-red berries that are exceptionally sweet. The flavor is reminiscent of blueberries. This shrub requires less sunlight than other cultivars. Plant with good air circulation to prevent mildew and leaf spot.
Site requirements: Partial shade with moist, well-drained soil.
Size at maturity: 3' tall and 5' wide.
Pollination: Self-Fertile. However, planting multiple bushes will increase yield and size of berries.
Pests and diseases: Please note that in a few areas of the United States growing gooseberries is prohibited because they can serve as a host to white pine blister rust, a disease devastating to the lumber industry. Check for local restrictions before sourcing plants. Birds, currant aphids, currant borers, gooseberry fruit worms, gooseberry sawflies, powdery mildew, white pine blister rust. Birds relish gooseberries and will strip shrubs clean if they are not netted.
Hardiness: Will grow in USDA zones 3-7.
Plant size: 1 gallon pot with a well developed root system. Will likely produce fruit the second season in the ground if given good care.
When we ship: SUMMER or FALL 2021