Currant-Gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum)

Shrub
Grossularia hirtella. (Michx.)Cov.&Britt.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Currant-Gooseberry
Ribes hirtellum
Grossulariaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked in jams, jellies, pies, preserves etc[3, 11, 85, 101, 183]. A smooth-skinned gooseberry[235] with a pleasant taste[183, K]. The fruit can also be dried for later use[183, 257]. The fruit is about 8 – 10mm in diameter[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 4 – 5 months cold stratification at between 0 to 9¡c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[113, 164]. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 – 15cm with a heel, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year’s growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year’s growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors[78, 200].
Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Prefers a very sunny position[11]. Hardy to about -20¡c[200]. Closely allied to R. uva-crispa and R. oxyacanthoides[11], it is often cultivated for its edible fruit[132] and is the parent of many disease-resistant American gooseberry cultivars[200]. It is sometimes crossed with European hybrids[200]. Plants can harbour a stage of white pine blister rust, so should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees[155]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
Northern N. America – Newfoundland to Manitoba, West Virginia and South Dakota.

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