Jostaberry is a cross between a blackcurrant and gooseberries. It forms a very vigorous spineless shrub, growing up to 1.8-2m tall and a similar size across, and is self fertile so only one need be grown. The fruits are larger than a blackcurrant and are dark reddish black in colour. These are more like a gooseberry when slightly unripe, but similar to a sweetish blackcurrant when fully ripe in late July, early August.
Jostaberry bushes begin to crop well after two years, and up to 4-5kg fruit per bush is possible.
Grows best in well-drained soil with lots of organic matter in full sun or partial shade. Plant from late autumn to mid-spring 1.5m apart. Prune in winter removing the oldest branches and clipping damaged or low hanging branches.
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