The Gooseberry is a fruit better suited for the climate of Britain than for ours, and it is never seen here in the perfection it attains there. It ripens just when our hottest weather occurs, forcing it unnaturally to maturity, and hence the absence of the size and flavor it attains when ripened at a lower temperature. The native varieties, though far inferior in quality, are usually more free from mildew, and are therefore most desirable for cultivation here, as the fruit with us is more used in the green than in the ripe state. Gooseberries are planted from three to four feet apart, and are treated in all other respects like Currant bushes.


A native variety of medium size, greenish-white when ripe, excellent quality.

Houghton's Seedling

Also a native variety, size medium, color red, flavor average.

Of the foreign varieties among Reds may be named as leading sorts, Warrington, Champion, Waterloo; of Greens, Green Globe, Melville, Green Gage; of Yellows, Sulphur, Champagne, Golden Drop; of, Whites, Crystal, Whitesmith, Dutch.