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Fruitscape attends various events providing a fruit expert along with a display of seasonal fruits.
Below are details of some of the fruits displayed and their availability.


The Jostaberry has a a complex parentage, a cross between a blackcurrant and a gooseberry bred at the Max Plank Institute in Cologne, Germany and released in 1977. As with many hybrids, it has vigour, producing a large plant up to 2 meters tall. Its branches can be brittle so may need some protection from strong winds. The bush has an upright, spreading habit, is thornless and has resistance to American Gooseberry Mildew, blackcurrant leafspot and blackcurrant gall mite but the flowers, which can go unnoticed, are self fertile and unless protected, can be damaged by spring frosts. It crops on both the old wood and the young and can be grown and pruned as a stooled bush like a black currant or as a half standard like a gooseberry. The berries resemble a large blackcurrant, but lack the luster, having a more matt finish; they have a pleasant flavour not quite a black currant but not a gooseberry flavour either. Makes a good jam.


Plant jostaberries in a sheltered spot in full sun, as the blooms can be damaged by spring frosts. Jostaberries prefer a fertile soil so fork in some well-rotted compost or manure into the area first. Dig a hole and plant at the same depth in the ground as they have been growing. Top dress with a good general fertiliser such as Vitax Q4

When it comes to pruning, you can either grow as a multistem bush, as per a blackcurrant, in which case remove one third of the older wood down to the base. If the plant is getting too tall reduce the height by cutting back half the new growth to 15cm. Alternatively the plant may be trained as a half standard on a 75cm leg, which needs to be staked to prevent the lower branches from touching the soil. Once the leg has been achieved, treat as above, but from the top of the leg.


Available for 2012/13 planting season as 3 year old, bare rooted bush plants priced at £6.95 including postage and packing