Cricket Hill Garden
Ribus hirtellum 'Jeanne'
Variety description: This high yielding cultivar produces large, dark red berries. Late season, ripening in mid to late July.
Site requirements: Partial shade with moist, well-drained soil. Plant with good air circulation to help prevent mildew and fungus.
Size at maturity: 5' 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.