This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Inquiry is made in the Monthly as to the success of the Standard Gooseberries introduced into this country during the Centennial year Some of the standard gooseberries which were exhibited on the Centennial grounds, are now growing with me and others near by where I can see them. The result of my observation is, that I cannot see that they possess any special merit, except as a curiosity.
Currants and Gooseberries will grow and bear heavy crops when worked high (or low) upon the Missouri flowering currant stock, but the stock is not stiff, and always requires a stake to maintain it upright. The fruit is not better or less liable to mildew when worked in this manner; and such plants must always be very high priced, as they are difficult to work and the stocks need age to make them stout enough to stand well. They are curious, especially when Currants and Gooseberries, both red and white, all appear in one head, upon a tall stem, and that is all the recommendation they will bear.