[NAFEX] Are brambles or ribes good fruits for me to try growing?

dwoodard at becon.org dwoodard at becon.org
Wed Jun 27 17:46:30 EDT 2007

Assuming you are on the coastal plain, you may have problems with
currants, gooseberries and many of the Rubus cultivars derived from
northern Europe.
You might try planitng them near a north wall or on the north side of a
taller plant barrier. I hesitate to recommned more than light shade.

I sem to recall at least one newer raspberry cultivar that has been
successful in Virginia. There are probably some Rubus species from warmer
countries which may be hard to get but may suit you better. You may have
success with blackberries. I don't think I'd recommend Himalyan Giant,
it's difficult to control.

If you are in the hills I think you may have some scope for experimenting
with these species.

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario

> About the only Ribes I know of that may do good where you live is
> 'Glenndale' gooseberry, which was developed by the U.S. Dept. of
> Agriculture for warmer climates.  It is available from Edible
> Landscaping nursery.  I'd suggest planting it in a shady or partially
> shady location.  You might also try red currants in a similar location.
> Redlake (or Red Lake) has been the standard for years -- Sam Brungardt,
> St. Paul, Minn.
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> Subject: [NAFEX] Are brambles or ribes good fruits for me to try
> growing?
> Hi folks,
> I do not have any brambles or ribes but have been following the threads
> with great interest.  I like red raspberries OK, but had not really
> considered them as they are a bit tart to me and so fragile, but I have
> heard that black raspberries are exceptionally delicious. I have no
> experience with gooseberries or currants.
> I tend to like sweet fruits that can be used fresh. My favorites are my
> Illinois Everbearing mulberries bearing now (came back nicely after
> being frozen back at Easter!), blueberries, serviceberries, persimmon,
> strawberries, kiwis, pomes, stone fruits, and figs. I have some paw paws
> on order, and hope to plant those trees next spring.
> I live in the humid south and like low maintenance plants with few pest
> or disease problems as my time gardening is limited.
> Are brambles or ribes a good idea for me?  Are they technically
> demanding as far as culture or disease control? Will they do well in my
> hot, humid, full sun environment?
> Any suggestions/recommendations of other low maintenance fruits that I
> may enjoy are also welcome as I still have room in my orchard.  For
> example jujubes and che fruit seem interesting...
> Thanks,
> Betsy Hilborn
> NC 7a

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