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Gooseberry, ‘Oregon Champion’

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‘Oregon Champion’ is excellent for pies, jams, canning, and wine. It has medium to large, yellowish green berries. Flavor will sweeten as it ripens. This is a productive, vigorous plant that will grow 3 to 5 feet tall. Berries hold well on the bush. Oregon Champion will start bearing fruit the second year and produce for approximately 20 years. Originated in Salem, Oregon in 1876 as a hybrid from cross of Crown Bob with Houghton. With a great taste, this small fruit is very easy to consume. Every individual must consume gooseberries as it provides many nutrients inside a small fruit and also helps in maintaining a good health.

Gooseberries are considered as a gift of nature to human mankind for the benefits it provides. No other single fruit or herb is as rich in different nutrients as a gooseberry. Gooseberries contain high amount of Vitamin C along with other nutrients like Vitamin A, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. A single gooseberry contains more than 500 mg of Vitamin C than orange, which is highly rich in Vitamin C. Also, the taste of gooseberries makes them a very preferred consumable item. Usually gooseberries are green to golden in color but some gooseberries can be deep purple in color as well.

Plant Details +

Botanical Gooseberry 'Oregon Champion'
Height 3-5'
Spacing 5'
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Sun to partial shade
Foliage Green
Fruit Yellowish Green
Harvest Midsummer

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 3 inches below the soil surface. Setting the lower branches below the soil level encourages the bush form to develop. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Frequent care and cultivation of your gooseberries will reward you with fruit year after year. A complete fertilizer should be applied once growth begins in the spring, and ample moisture provided throughout the growing season. Prune after harvesting.

Pests or Diseases: Mildew resistant. Somewhat tolerant of Armillaria.