Ribes hirtellum 'Poorman'
Prohibited to DE, ME, NC, NH & WV, and by permit only to MA and NJ
This red-fruited, heritage variety, widely planted as early as the 1890's, is a highly flavored, dessert-quality variety which can be eaten out of hand. The smallish berries are sweet, aromatic, and have tough, smooth skins - which offer the delightfully distinctive "pop" texture of a good gooseberry when eaten. Yields of 5+ pounds per plant over a long period beginning in midseason. The erect-to-spreading, large, vigorous canes have fewer spines than some other cultivars, and plants average 3'x 4' at maturity. Considered by many to be the best American gooseberry.
Good mildew resistance. 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, and Raintree offers outstanding Canadian and European cultivars not usually available in the U.S. Gooseberries generally ripen in July. We offer well-rooted, one-year bushes. Hardy to USDA Zone 3.
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