Asked December 30, 2018, 10:02 AM EST

I live in Salisbury and want to grow gooseberries, which is the best variety for this area.Also is there a dwarf or smaller variety? Many thanks

Wicomico County Maryland fruit gooseberry plant care

1 Response

It's unlikely that you will find plants at local garden centers or nurseries. Check online for small fruit nurseries with selections of gooseberry plants. We are not aware of any dwarf cultivars.

In addition to the cultivars below we recommend 'Poorman' (also has resistance to powdery mildew).

From Nebraska Extension:

Good fruit producing gooseberry cultivars:
  • 'Pixwell' – American cultivar, developed in North Dakota in 1932. Low, 3' bushes are hardy and productive. Medium-sized fruits start out green and ripen to purple.
  • 'Hinnonmaki Red' and 'Hinnonmaki Yellow' - American cultivars, medium-sized red and green fruit. (Resistant to powdery mildew).
  • 'Captivator' - A cross of American and European cultivars, has red, tear-drop-shaped fruit. Nearly thornless and mildew-resistant.
  • 'Invicta' – European cultivar. Considered by some to be the best gooseberry available in North America. Resistant to mildew, but susceptible to leaf spot. Very large fruit with bland flavor.