Ribes grossularia 'Whitesmith'
Prohibited to DE, ME, NC, NH, NJ & WV, and by permit only to MA.
Introduced in England about 1824, (and sometimes confused with the variety Chataqua) this is a vigorous, tremendously productive upright bush, to 6' x 4'. The green to light yellow, oval fruit has a thin skin and a tender texture, ripens midseason, and is sweet with a hint of grape flavor. It is delicious eaten fresh or cooked.
Resistant to rust; susceptible to mildew. 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 Zones 3.
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