Jostaberry (hybrid of black currant and gooseberry) 1 y.o. plant 6-12" tall

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Up for sale One 1 y.o. plant of Jostaberry
Plant will be 6-12 inches tall
Sent in the pot with soil

Plant will be sent in Pot with soil in the box via first class mail. More then one purchased via Priority mail.

The jostaberry is a complex-cross fruit bush in the Ribes genus, involving three original species, the black currant R. nigrum, the North American coastal black gooseberry R. divaricatum, and the European gooseberry R. uva-crispa. It is similar to Ribes × culverwellii, the Jochelbeere, which is descended from just two of these species, R. nigrum and R. uva-crispa.

The cultivated plants are tetraploid. They are descended from two separate first-generation crosses, both of which produced very few fruit. Fertile tetraploids were produced using colchicine. The name Jostaberry was created via combining the German words for blackcurrant and gooseberry, namely Johannisbeere ("Jo") and Stachelbeere ("Sta"). Following German pronunciation of "J", it may be pronounced "yostaberry" in English. The first cultivar was made available to the public in 1977. A number of varieties have been developed since then by various developers.

The shiny, nearly black berry, which is smaller than a gooseberry and a bit larger than a blackcurrant, is edible both raw and cooked. It is described as having a taste intermediate between a gooseberry and a blackcurrant, with the gooseberry flavor more dominant in the unripe fruit, and the blackcurrant notes developing as the fruit ripens. The ripe fruit will hang on the bush in good condition through late summer, but is very popular with birds. The somewhat unripe fruit can be used in cooking recipes as a gooseberry. Like blackcurrants the fruit freezes well, and like many other members of the Ribes genus it is rich in Vitamin C.

Commercial production of jostaberries is limited because they are not well suited to mechanical harvesting. Compared to most other fruits, harvesting jostaberries is relatively labor intensive per kilogram. Although harder to pluck than blackcurrants, the plant is thorn-less.

The plant itself grows to a maximum height of about 2 m, flowering in mid-spring, with fruit setting and ripening on a similar timetable to the blackcurrant. The plant displays hybrid vigor, growing and fruiting well and being resistant to a number of common diseases afflicting other Ribes. In particular the plant is resistant to American gooseberry mildew, blackcurrant leaf spot, white pine blister rust, and big bud gall mite. Flowers are hermaphrodite and the plant is self-fertile following insect pollination. Propagation is usually by cuttings, rather than by seeds.


Payment must be received within 3 days after the auction ends, then I ship the item. Feel free to ask me any questions about this item. I am always glad to help you.


Shipping and handling fee is calculated via usps.com deppending on your zip code. I will mail it on Monday or Tuesday only to assure that it will not sit on a shelf over the weekend.
The plants are shipped will be sent secured in the box to prevent shifting. Will attach planting guide with the package.

Please check your State local laws for plants entry. Due to U.S.D.A. regulations, some plants I have for sale cannot be shipped to TX, FL, AZ, CA. We will not be responsible for confiscated items while being shipped or damaged by the heat.
Plant is disease and pests free.
Quick shipping methods will keep your plant in the best shape for its trip across the country.
I do provide tracking number with every purchase within USA.

Hardiness Zones 3 through 8 and has survived temperatures down to -40 deg F.

It has good summer heat tolerance and needs only 1,000 hours of winter chilling


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