Gooseberry varieties not susceptible to American powdery mildew


Gooseberry is a very popular crop grown all over Europe. It originates in Asia, Europe and America. In the past it grew wild but later it was bred in France and England, where gardeners had created varieties that produced larger fruits and were more resistant to diseases. These varieties became very popular among and the “new” gooseberry spread throughout Europe quickly.

Powdery mildew – a dreaded disease of gooseberries

American powdery mildew often attacks gooseberries so if you grow gooseberries focus on prevention. There are fertilizers and sprays that can protect your plants from this disease. However, when already attacked, you must get rid of the fallen leaves and attacked branches as soon as possible. No mercy. You may burn them for example Another disease that often attacks gooseberries is gray mould. When your plant is attacked by gray mould the tips of leaves will turn gray. Later, these brown spots cover the entire leaf, which then dries and falls down. If your gooseberry is attacked, you must remove and dispose of all infected parts as well.

Varieties resistant to American powdery mildew

Unfortunately, both diseases are very destructive and can reduce your harvest significantly. You can use suitable sprays or you may try purchasing one of the varieties listed below. These varieties have been bred to resist powdery mildew.


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This variety produces red fruits that you can collect in mid-July. Unlike other varieties, it does not have thorns.

Black Negus

This is a Russian variety and as the name suggests, it produces black fruits which ripen in July.

Red and green Hinnonmaki

These two varieties ripen at the beginning of July, and naturally, the red one produces red fruits and the green one produces green fruits.


This variety produces medium size, sweet, yellow-green fruit. The yield is really excellent. It is an early variety – you can enjoy fruits already at the beginning of July.


This is a high-quality Czech variety. Its fruits ripen in July.


This variety produces yellow-green fruits which ripen in July and it is resistant to anthracosis.


Offers red fruits with a typical sweet and sour taste.


This is an early variety that produces sweet, yellow-green fruits.


This variety offers large quantities of red fruits with a sour taste.


The berries are red to red-purple and the shrub has longer branches.

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.


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