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.
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 Distance: 1.2m