Sources for Rondom redcurrant? -- found it!


Its been a little while and I’m curious, did you have any success with MDARD? - I’ve been permitted since May of '14 and have been hunting for Rondom since then (off and on, of course) with zero luck.

I too am a vet and deal with gov on a daily basis at the local level with some success in getting MSP to make changes to their technical systems so if you didn’t manage to get traction and would like to work together… Just let me know!

More than likely the outfit in Kent that had reds was like many others in the area and just flouted regs. That sort of behavior is what leads to big media stories who are the only parties to win in that game.


Well, I still haven’t found any sources. I’ve started putting in inquiries at mail order nurseries that carry currants (especially those with unusual selections).

I also found this U of Idaho Extension bulletin from 2009 that mentions Rondom as a good variety. I found an email address for one of the authors and have asked if he knows of any US sources.
I’ll report back any findings.


MDARD notes that Nature and Nurture, LLC, in Ann Arbor Michigan recently had Rondom available.

They also have agreed to consider any variety that can be scientifically demonstrated to be highly resistant or immune to White Pine Blister Rust. The link I sent them to the article from Corvalis apparently wouldn’t work. So I’ve sent the citation, and they have turned it over to their nursery department for review.

So, in that vein, does anybody have any good citations for trials investigating resistance that involved the Gooseberry variety “Black Velvet”?


I had a decent year with currants. I never heard of Rondom? I got rid of all my reds except Rovada, it’s berries are so much bigger and it’s strings longer. Taste wise I saw little variance between a few cultivars not to spend all day harvesting small strings of medium sized berries all over the plants to decent sized berries that were easy to harvest in the cultivar Rovada.


So far, I’ve only heard back from OGW, and they said they would pass the info along to their horticultural staff. I suspect if enough people ask for it (and specify that it’s the only kind you can legally plant), it would demonstrate sufficient demand for them to carry it.


I wouldn’t bother trying to convince people with the Corvallis study. I’ve read both the Corvallis study and the NH study, and the Corvallis study is frankly out of date. I don’t really like the results of the NH study, but I can’t dispute them.


Yes WPBR has now mutated and will infect all resistant cultivars

Is Consort black currant legal in Massachusetts?

they mention to use a fungicide but I’ve yet to find one rated for WPBR.


Yes, I was looking, and I can’t find Jack.


Well, unless you have a more up to date listing of resistant varieties that includes something other than Rondom, I’m going to have to go with it. Worst case scenario, they say “no.”

#31 gooseberry and currant- blister rust. :wink:


Wow, excellent resource, awesome!


just happen to have some immunox handy. :wink:


only red that i found listed as resistant is Red Lake.


Moose, may I ask where you found the listing? At least Red Lake is more obtainable than Rondom.

Also, if anybody has an actual citation for Black Velvet, that would be helpful, too. As a cross between a gooseberry and a worcesterberry, I sort of suspect it might be immune at least to the same degree that a Jostaberry is. But I need some sort of field trial to make MDARD happy.


shoot. i don’t remember where i saw it on but i found it on a few sites stating Red Lake was resistant.


So far I have not seen WPBR, I only have trouble with mildew on a few currants.
Sometimes aphids, but none this year.
I want to try Jonkheer Van Tets Currant. It is reported to be the best red for flavor.


id like it because its early producing just in case SWD shows here.


I’m being driven SLIGHTLY bananas by regular references to Black Velvet (gooseberry) being WPBR resistant, but no documentation of that. And by the fact that I can’t find an accessible copy of the Register of New Fruit and Nut Cultivars 41, which I THINK might list Black Velvet. ( can get 43, 45, and 49, but not 41. Dangit). I might try contacting one of Wisconsin’s Extension service test farms, which apparently was going to test Black Velvet. Although I think just as a field test, not a challenge test for WPBR. Still, they might know more about the variety.

Info on Black Velvet was supposedly via the USDA in Idaho, so if anybody DOES have that paper, do let me know. I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row before I pick a fight with MDARD’s nursery people.


Honeyberry Usa quotes jeanne gooseberry as highly resistant to WPBR. i just put one in in june. i have a tiben nearby with WPBR and so far my jeanne and consorts all about 20 or so ft. away haven’t shown any infection. jeanne is very vigorous also. mine has put on 12in. of new growth since june in unamedned soil.