A few years ago I had the delightful experience of tasting a gooseberry for the first time, and I was hooked! While looking into how to grow them for myself, I discovered that a lot of domestic varieties prefer cooler summers than we get here because they're mostly derived from northern European Ribes species. Since I love to dabble in plant breeding, I've decided to try my hand at producing my own locally adapted varieties and maybe even try to cross them with with the local Eastern Prickly Gooseberries and Missouri Gooseberries. Does anyone here have any experience breeding gooseberries? I'd love to hear any tips you may have!
Hi, I would like to try gooseberries, but most plant catalogs say they won't ship to mass because of a fungus that can be transfered to white pines. Others say that the problem is not an issue here. Does anyone grow gooseberries in massachusetts , have you had any problems with fungus and where did you get your gooseberries. I am fond of tart berries and have many areas where they would grow- also lots of mature white pines and don't want to risk the trees .
I tasted gooseberries for the first time a few years ago and immediately loved them. Unfortunately it's nearly impossible to get gooseberries or currants shipped here because of the white pine blister rust. Oddly I was at work small garden center in a neighboring county and noticed they had both currants and gooseberries for sale. I inquired and the owner said that they're not banned in all counties. Unfortunately they are in my county but not in the county my parents live. So my currants and gooseberries reside there, which is less than ideal but I still get to enjoy them.
As far as breeding, I haven't a clue. I'd think crossing with native varieties would likely produce something adapted to your climate. Please keep us updated.
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