Jostaberry plant with berries.

How to Grow Jostaberries in Your Garden

This is a cross between a black currant and a gooseberry and is extremely vigorous, so only plant it  here you have plenty of space. The fruit makes particularly good jam.

Growing tips

Jostaberries are not fussy about soil, but will benefit from plenty of organic matter. Choose a sheltered spot in full sun. They are self-fertile and resistant to many of the pests and diseases that affect gooseberries and black currants. Their vigor makes them useful as informal hedging. Birds love the fruit, so net the plant well at ripening time, or plant in a fruit cage.