This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mrs. M. E. W., Sublette, Mo., writes: In the Gardener's Monthly of July, 1875. there is an article from the pen of Albert Benz, Bay-side, L. I., on the subject of grafting gooseberries; and as I am going to undertake gardening in a small way, I, of course, wish to do everything in the best possible manner.
It it would not be presuming too much upon your valuable time, I would like to have you inform me in regard to the stocks used.
What is Ribes aureum,and Ribes Floridanum, and where can the latter be obtained? I have several catalogues, but do not see them advertised in any of them.
[Ribes aureum, is the common yellow Missouri Currant of the old gardens; and Ribes Floridanum is the wild native black Currant of the Eastern States. They are used for stocks because the roots are more suited to our hot Summer ground than the foreign varieties are. It is this heated ground which induces mildew in the large English Gooseberries, and when on these native stocks they are therefore mildew-free. They are not common in country nurseries, because there is little demand for them; but any nurseryman who knows his business could generally get them for you, if you give him time enough, as it is part of their business to know where they can get things when ordered by responsible parties. There is seldom anything to be had in the trade at all, that a first-class nursery cannot obtain when ordered by their well-known customers, though you may look through hundreds of catalogues without finding the thing desired. - Ed. G. M.J