Ribes uva-ursi x 'Jeanne'
Prohibited to DE, ME, NC, NJ, NH & WV, and by permit only to MA.
Jeanne is a dainty, sweet, full-flavored, very productive new dark red dessert gooseberry with multiple disease resistance! It is the most resistant to powdery mildew of any cultivar and is also very resistant to White Pine Blister rust. It shows less defoliation from sawflies than other gooseberry cultivar. Jeanne ripens and blooms late, a week or two after Invicta. The bush is upright and grows only to about 3' tall and wide, but still offers 4 pound of yield per plant. Jeanne is a cross of American and European gooseberries and expected to be excellent for both home and commercial plantings. It was introduced in 2006 by the USDA Germplasm Repository in Corvallis Oregon.
Prefers sun to part shade in hotter summer climates. Evenly moist soils with optimal ph of 5.8-6.8 and amended with organic matter regularly will produce vigorous plants with best yields. Plants reach mature bearing age by years 4-5, but begin fruiting as early as year 2, and will remain productive for 15-20 years or more. Space at 4'-5' for optimal airflow.
Gooseberries, highly prized in Europe as an important part of a well-rounded garden, have been sadly neglected in America, perhaps because people remember gooseberries as tart and mouth puckering - but sweet varieties are wonderful for fresh eating! Gooseberries generally ripen in early summer, just after strawberries. We offer well-rooted, one-year bushes. Hardy to USDA Zone 3.
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