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Jostabeere - location and planting tip


Those who like currants and gooseberries will love josta berries. They taste wonderfully fresh and fruity and are also easy to plant.

Jostabeere: a mix of currant and gooseberry -

Some call them Josta berries, the others Jochel berries and still others just say Josta - however, it always means one and the same kind of berry. And as you may have guessed from the name, this is a cross between gooseberry and currant. Sure, everyone has currants and gooseberries. But not Josta berries. But more and more hobby gardeners are becoming friends with the spikeless plant. No wonder, because the sour-tasting berries can be used to make delicious jams, jellies, juices and liqueurs. On top of that, they are also true vitamin C bombs.

The josta berries are larger than currants and smaller than gooseberries and are ripe around mid-June to July. However, the berries do not ripen at the same time, which makes harvesting difficult, since it extends over several weeks. However, for the berries to form and develop splendidly at all, you don't just have to choose the right location. It also depends on how well the harvest turns out.

The perfect location for josta berries

In order for young plants to thrive and to carry plenty of berries, you need to plant them in a sunny to partially shaded place in the garden. They then thrive best in a well-drained, medium-heavy soil. But note: The distance to the neighboring plants should be at least two meters, because the josta berry becomes very large. It grows more abundantly than the two original plants and can grow to heights between 100 and 160 cm.

Our planting tip

If you have chosen the Jostabeere, it is best to plant it in your garden between August and mid-October. The best way to do this is as follows:

❶ Before planting the josta berry in the garden, it makes sense to water the root ball beforehand.

❷ In the meantime, you can then dig out the hole. This should be about 25 centimeters deep and wide.

❸ Then take the plant and plant it as deep as it was covered with soil in the pot. The surface of the root ball should therefore be flush with the ground level.

❹ Then fill the planting hole again with the excavated soil and start the earth well. Then water thoroughly and spread some rotten manure or mature compost around the plant.

Vermutlich You may not be able to harvest berries in the first year. But already in the second year in June the first fruits will be hanging on the bush for snacking.

Jostabeere (Ribes 'Jostabeere')
Growth rate:30 - 50 cm a year
Height:120-180 cm
Spread:150-250 cm
Blossom:May June
Location:Sun to partial shade
Ground:normal garden floor
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How to properly care for the Josta berries

To water:

In order for the plants to grow well and form many delicious berries, you must water your Josta bushes abundantly in the first weeks after planting. When the first new shoots appear, you can stop watering.

Fertilize:

You also need to fertilize the shrubs several times a year. We recommend using a berry fertilizer once in April and compost once in autumn. Here are some tips on how to properly fertilize berries.

Pruning:

Regular pruning is only necessary from the third year. You don't even have to cut a lot. It is only important that you remove the branches that no longer carry berries anyway. You have to cut these as close to the ground as possible.

Wintering:

In winter the josta berry also needs some protection. Although it is hardy, a cover made of brushwood or compost cannot hurt.