[NAFEX] gooseberries for Tennessee???

Hal Love lovehd at comcast.net
Fri Sep 11 12:18:34 EDT 2009


The only variety on your list that I have grown is Orus 8 (a jostaberry), which did really poorly. The small fruit mildewed severely and had a moldy flavor, and it died after 3 years. The jostaberry 'Josta' is doing well for me now, but took 4 years before it began producing. Glenndale is one of the few gooseberry varieties that is claimed to hold up to the heat and humidity in TN. I have not grown it, but I do have a seedling of it that produced a couple of fruits this year-too early to say if it will be anything worth keeping. I also have Captivator, which has really suffered during the past two extremely wet summers. It drops its fruit prematurely in hot weather.

zn 6/7 TN
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kieran &/or Donna 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Friday, September 11, 2009 10:40 AM
  Subject: [NAFEX] gooseberries for Tennessee???

  I have a gooseberry bush that I got from someone and it's never done much.  Makes a handful or two every year but my Irish husband loves gooseberries and would like lots more.  I read that the problem is mildew and that some vars are more resistant than others.  Any comments re this list, or other varieties you would recommend?  the one we have really doesn't hold it's leaves very well.  I don't see anything that LOOKS like mildew on it, but the leaves turn brown and fall off, so it's mostly stems most of the year, with a few green ones on the tips.  Thanks.  Donna 

  Black Velvet
  Hinomaki Red, Yellow
  Johns Prairie
  Orus 8


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