It puts a ton of foliage, it is ridiculously easy to propagate, and as a hybrid between a currant and a gooseberry is alluring enough to make it a super easy sale. Having said that it sucks at actually producing berries.
I bought it as a big potted bush in 2019. In 2020 it did have a running with sawfly larva that defoliated it pretty good but it snapped back the same year. This current year? My currants that are half the size are loaded. My gooseberry bush (pixel) is pumping a good crop. This big dark green bush is barely putting half a cup of berries which I’m thinking about not even bothering to net.
Is it me and my bush or is this typical? I’m feeling bad to even reproduce this stupid plant to even give it away.
I have a 4 year old jostaberry that has only really produced leaves and branches until this year. I was planning to remove it but decided to give it one more season to prove itself. It was about 7 feet across and 5 feet high so I pruned it back hard in late winter to the first bud on all the new growth as I’d noticed it only seemed to produce berries on the first bud. Not sure if that kickstarted berry production or not, but I got a phenomenal amount of berries this year which were huge and also pretty tasty. I guess I’ll let it stay.
Same here. I have 2 big bushes and 2 small ones, one small plant was separated from a bigger one and one was rooted by myself. All of them barely had any fruit, they even suffered from heat, and some berries turned orange. So yes, they have huge foloage, but are weak producers.
The native clove currants here seem to be most productive with some shade from the hottest sun…but I’ve seen some wild ones growing in hot full sun too. I planted a ring of them around a big blue spruce tree and my best tasting surviving ones are on the SE corner of that tree…and they also have some morning shade from an oak tree.
Last year I gave a jostaberry to a friend in Oregon as a gift. This is from HBUSA. The plant is now in it’s second year in their garden. It’s probably 4x the size of my Alaska plant. It flowered and it looks like they will get some fruit. What do you think of the fruit load?
I bought 3 jostaberry from Edible Landscaping in 2019. Until this year I didn’t have any flowers. That said, they are in shaded locations and only put on significant growth last year, like tripled in size. My Jeanne gooseberry plugs from EL that I planted last year already have flowers.
@Barkslip maybe I’ll be able to compare jostaberry with gooseberry sandwiches this year
This will be my Jostaberries 3rd or 4th season. It got huge but wouldnt flower so after a decent pruning she put on 10 flowers this season…If the foliage was at least beautiful I would consider keeping it around but the lack of production and nothing special to look at makes me want to cull it. Does anybody know if Jostaberry ramps up production as they get older?
mine produce reasonably well. theyre in an out of the way location so they tend to get eaten by critters before i pick them. they took longer to produce well than most (all?) of the other Ribes, but once they hit their stride they do well. This year’s fruit set isnt on par with ‘black velvet’, my most productive gooseberry, but not bad either.
i find the flavor quite good too.