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What is the best "Red" Gooseberry ?
Sun 10-Jul-11
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thistle
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I want to buy a "Red" gooseberry bush for my garden and have been considering "Pax" or "Hinnonmaki Red". I'm undecided though as to which is the better one. Can anyone help ?

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Sun 10-Jul-11
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Hi Thistle

welcome to the forum

cant comment on the variety but if either are resistant to saw fly go that way .this is my first crop for three years because of the little blighters .they eat all the leaves and the goosers die on the plant before they ripen

if we hadent sorted by this year i was going the pesticide route eeek

but fingers crossed whistle

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Mon 11-Jul-11
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wave Hello Thistle,

Another welcome to you.

I was talking to  a fruit farmer (at the farmers' market) recently after buying some of his gooseberries & he recommended buying "Pax" so that is what I shall order once I root out the non-fruiting variety I have at the moment....... aargh.

 

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Mon 11-Jul-11
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Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for the advice, I really appreciate it. Pax it's going to be. All I need now is to search for the best buy. Some are bare rooted and some potted. Some are more mature bushes than others and some are just very expensive ! I'd ideally like to buy a bush that will fruit next year, I can't wait to grow my own !!  

 

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Mon 11-Jul-11
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waveHi Thistle,

I'm glad we could help.  smile

Let me know if you find a good deal as I have to get a couple this autumn.

 

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Mon 11-Jul-11
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thistle said:

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for the advice, I really appreciate it. Pax it's going to be. All I need now is to search for the best buy. Some are bare rooted and some potted. Some are more mature bushes than others and some are just very expensive ! I'd ideally like to buy a bush that will fruit next year, I can't wait to grow my own !!  

 

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waveTry R V Roger Ltd . ,  might not be the cheapest but they're grown in N.Yorkshire so will be hardier than more southern grown ones .

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Mon 11-Jul-11
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Thanks Seth for the suggestion.....they certainly keep a lot of varieties; I'm impressed & they are reasonably priced.

cheers

 

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wave  Hi Lizzie.  I have harvested a few gooseberries from little bare root bushes put in last year.  They are so so tasty.  Not abundant, but in years to come I shall enjoy lots, I hope.  I just love gooseberries.  

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Tue 12-Jul-11
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Hi Danast

That's good to know and very positive. I'm very excited about red gooseberries....lol. I'd never come across them till reading through all the seed brochures I've ordered and thought WOW I must have one of those. I'm very new to allotment gardening and have been bitten by the bug. I wish I'd done it years ago wave

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My missing gooseberries were red ones, I got to taste a few and they were lovely, but don't know what variety they were/are.

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