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Ribes, Jostaberry

Hardy Shrub

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This unusual fruit bush is the result of a cross between a blackcurrant and a gooseberry which has produced a soft fruit with a delicious blackcurrant flavour. The leaves of Casseille look like those of a gooseberry whilst the fruit look like large blackcurrants. Each thornless bush is capable of producing several kilos of fruit with a very sweet taste and a hint of tartness. These very fragrant fruits, rich in Vitamin C, make the ideal addition to a fresh fruit salad or a summer puddings. Casseille bushes are self fertile and the berries can be harvested from mid July. Height and spread: 2m (6', 6").

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 1 year.
Estimated time to best yields: 3 years.

Ideal For:
kitchen garden, walls and fences
Flowering Period:
April, May
full sun
    • 1 currant bush

    • Despatch: By end of June 2017
    • £14.99
Casseille plants prefer a position in full sun but will tolerate semi shade. Shelter from cold winds and late spring frosts as these conditions may damage the flowers, and reduce the yield of fruit later in the year. Grow Casseille in rich, moist, well drained soil. Incorporate plenty of well rotted manure into the ground prior to planting. Jostaberries should be planted at a distance of 2m (6',6") apart at their original depth which is indicated by a mark left on the stem by the nursery soil.

Water well for the first year until plants are fully established. When growing Jostaberries, the soil must not dry out during hot periods, particularly while the fruit is being formed. Netting the bushes will help to protect the currants from birds.

Prune Casseille plants in winter. Remove dead, damaged and crossing stems, before thinning the remaining stems to create an upright open bush. Shorten the remaining stems by half. In spring apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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  1. Easy and excellent fruit

    By G Tasker 24-05-2011

    This is an excellent fruit variety. Very easy, very hardy. Expect good harvests of large, juicy, flavourful fruit. Tastes like eating two blackcurrants and a gooseberry together. Looks like a large blackcurrant but without that distinctive blackcurrant smell. Ours grow well in full sun where they regularly experience strong cold winds, late frosts, cold winters and periods of drought in spring and summer. None of these extreme weather conditions seem to phase this fruit and we do very little except wait for the fruits to ripen and then enjoy them.

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