the rust was more of a problem in the west than in the east I THINK
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:I just did what I should have done to start with, and googled it -- most of Maine still bans most ribes. European Black Currant and it's hybrids are still banned in the whole state. It's too bad, as I like gooseberries and some of the currants, and they grow well there.
You should be able to get seeds and grow them though just fine.
I make jelly from them. When I ordered currants, black and red, from Miller's, they wanted to know our physical address, the proximity to the nearest pine(s),
the county where we live, etc. The first year I was able to order my currants, the next year not, the next year I could again. Obviously, the rules change from year to year. While our area never has been a 'piney' one (along with the Gooseberries, there is a red currant patch over 100 years old up in the village) so maybe pines just never felt welcome here. Okay with me as there are woods all over and I like my berries. I've found that extension/state people may be mistaken since currants and gooseberries were simply an 'absolutely not' thing for so very long. Most still think that is true for everywhere. When you see them in your gardening catalogue, call that company. They will know (usually). If you already have some berries and are ordering more, tell them you have them on your land. Miller's is pretty careful and they are a very reputable company. Keep trying to order your currants or gooseberries. Rules change. The person at the other end is not always correct. The berries are well worth the effort.