My *nonexpert* suggestion to those struggling to get fruit would be stop feeding, stop watering (at least until the fruit sets), and avoid cutting out too much old wood. Description: Jostaberry has thornless, black shiny fruit the size of a small gooseberry. mrtjforman Posts: 331. Nothing else grows there – no even many weeds! You can take “semi-hardwood cuttings” when you visit in summer, if your’re there towards the end of the season. The pleasing outcome is two new fruits that combine the taste of both their parents, deliciously different and well worth growing! Read on for more jostaberry tree info. ... Mines growing in a pot and its doing fine. As was advised on planting, we trimmed shoots to two buds above soil level. Jostaberries (Ribes nidigrolaria), on the other hand, don’t share these issues. By late July I thought of photoing the Jostas – the branches were bending under the .huge crop, and they were just colouring. Good taste, no cats’ pee stink. It can also survive in very cold sub-zero winters. I bet it will be stunning this year, after being threatened with the Compost Heap. Top dressing with blood and fish once a year and weeded. They require a location with well-drained , slightly acidic soil and a high organic content. Blackmoor or Ken Muir may be able to point you in the right direction. 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. The Gooseberries are in cordon training mode, hence not yet expected to yield substantial harvests. These plants get great care, full sun, good water, no bugs or diseases, increase in size each year but set almost no fruit. On the endless quest for tasty curiosities, the Jostaberry joined a whole crew of fruit bushes in our fruitcage, including; Blackberries (Black Butte, Boysenberry, Tayberry, Loganberry, Japanese Wineberry, Blackberry Silvan), Raspberries, Gooseberries, Cherries, Strawberries, Currants (red, white, pink), and Josta’s dad; the Blackcurrant. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I prune every year, heavily, to allow the new growth plenty of room for light and air. View on Homes.com as well as property record details, price history, local schools and refinance offers. Jostaberry pie is delicious as is jostaberry and whitecurrant jam! It’s amazing how well the gooseberries are growing in the same situation. 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. The fruit is exceptionally flavourful and tart, but I think that a cold Northern climate is the reason. 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. “Pat”. Jostaberries (Ribes × nidigrolaria) Jostaberry (Ribes × nidigrolaria) - A cross between a black currant and a gooseberry, this thornless fruit is tasty in jams, pies, ice cream and more. The Confi® jostaberry Jodeli® also forms a beautiful, round-shaped shrub, which can also stand alone in a garden. It is a big bush, at least twice as big as a gooseberry or blackcurrant bush, but, with… I just wonder why it was Freee – oh yes – its a hedge tree not a fruiting tree – silly dizzy blonde again. I was SO looking forward to starting my own small field. Sign In. Textbook advice, states that plant to harvest time is two years, with each plant capable of producing that magic yield of 5 kg of fruit. Already in the 19th century the first crossing attempts took place, with which a thornless gooseberry should come out. Experienced kitchen gardeners tend to base their choices on; taste, (seasonal)…, For some years, our inherited (60+ year old) espalier apple trees, have been somewhat neglected. Original purchasing decision was based on; (1) Juicy catalogue photograph of luscious looking berries, (2) Yield potential; plant capable of 5kg yield of large, twice size of normal Blackcurrants, (2) Taste; bit of both scrumptious parents, (3) Growth habit; vigorous, upright and thornless, (4) Soil suitability; grows on most normal soils and (5) Disease resistance; resistant to Gooseberry mildew, Blackcurrant leaf spot and Blackcurrant gall mite. Every other day I go to the soft fruit patch to harvest. I have come up with a hundred dead ends, except for the UK , which I suspect cannot ship due to quarantine issues. No sun: Houses to E&W, and it overtops a 6ft fence to S. Very dry (SEKent), but fertile soil. Pruning is as prescribed, with the four D’s; remove Dead, Diseased, Dying and Damaged wood. 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. 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. Gone are the days, where…, Still too often, a passion for gardening is met by giggles and blank stares. For gardening advice you can trust, subscribe today! Jostaberry - Incredibly vigorous hybrid between black currant and gooseberry. Stock beds: the next home-grown revolution? Set the plants slightly deeper than they were growing in the nursery (note the soil mark on the plant). Ribes x culverwellii is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft). 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. Therefore, the Jostaberry survival plan is as follows; Our fingers are crossed for the Jostaberry. Currant bushes (Ribes) are thornless understory shrubs, growing in USDA hardiness zones 3-8.They can grow 3-6 feet wide and tall, and can range in color from red, white, pink, or black. It is in leaf from April to October, in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from August to September. I must have given mine 1.5m spacing whereas 4m would have been better. Unfortunately, my friend doesn’t prune, nor does he know what a shoot or cutting looks like. Good luck! Jostaberry (Ribes nidigrolaria) A fascinating hybrid berry bush originally bred by plant researchers in Germany. You’re probably correct, in that with the threat of fruit cage eviction and premature death, it may decide to provide a bounty of delicious fruit. I’ve just discovered that I’ve inherited one on my new allotment – it is 5 ft tall and 7 ft wide after 2 years of neglect, but seems to be producing a very generous crop. He explained that too much nitrogen in the soil, would encourage the plant to set growth rather than fruit. 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. In any case, for our Jostaberry, the clock is ticking. These somewhat unusual berry-producers share something in common – they're both the result of an interspecies cross. In recent years, the USDA has produced new jostaberry varieties that have a better flavor and a deeper color. Table Of Contents General information About The Jostaberry General information About The Jostaberry The Jostaberry (Ribes x nidigrolaria), in short Josta, is a cross between black currant and gooseberry. 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