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Pixwell Gooseberry

Pixwell Gooseberry

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Species: Ribes uva-crispa

History: Pixwell was developed at the North Dakota Experiment Station in a gooseberry breeding program that began in 1920. A cross between Oregon Champion and Ribes missouriense, the variety was eventually released in 1932. Pixwell was named for it's thornless nature which makes it easier to pick the berries well.

Why We Grow It: Aside from leaving up to its name, Pixwell produces green berries that turn a lovely shade of pink once they are ready to be picked. The medium berries have sweet flesh and tart skin, and are great for fresh eating, pies, and preserving.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3

Soil Preference: Prefers loam but is adaptable to different kinds of soil

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Shrub reaches about 1.5m tall, vigorous and hardy. Resistant to powdery mildew.

Thorns: No

Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a different gooseberry variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present   

Bloom Colour: Greenish-white

Ripens: Late July

Fruit Colour: Pink

Storage: Keeps up to two weeks in the fridge

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, baking, jelly

Size: ~30cm above soil 

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