Jostaberry Bush | Bare Root

Code: TR0606
Jostaberry Bush | Bare Root
Jostaberry Bare Root
Josta berry (Ribes 'Josta') combines the refreshing taste of blackcurrants with the mildly acidic flavour of gooseberries. The bushes are extremely prolific and a harvest of 5-7 kg per bush can be achieved. The fruits ripen to a deep red, almost black colour by July making them a good mid season fruit. The health benefits of this plant are many with a very high level of vitamin c and antioxidants to be found these are a great addition to your diet.

Characteristics
  • Arrives as: Bare Root
  • Approx height on arrival: 15-20cm
  • Shrub is approx. 2 years old
  • Fruit: Deep red berries
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 1.5-2m
  • Approx Spread: 1.5m
  • Flowering Period: Spring
  • Harvesting Period: July
  • Tolerance: Drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Bushy
  • Self pollinating: Yes
  • Uses: Eating fresh, smoothies
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Rate of Growth: max. Height in 3-4 years
  • Scented: No
  • Wildlife friendly - Attracts bees and other pollinating insects, provides food for birds

Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • Full Tree Planting Kit - Empathy™ Rootgrow, Afterplant and Tree Stake & Tie
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: Partial shade, full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
  • Moisture: Moist but well-drained, well-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 1.2m

These soft fruits will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 4.0 - 6.0 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.

Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.

Fruit Benefits

These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 5.0/5 (1 review)

Rating: 5/5

"The bushes came on time, well packaged and looking very healthy"

Reviewed Saturday, 10 March 2018

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