Jeanne is a late-ripening, dark red, dessert gooseberry with an unknown European pedigree. Observed for 24 years at the USDA National Germplasm Repository, Corvallis, Oregon. Its origin prior to Corvallis is undocumented. Jeanne was named in honor of the late Ms. Cheryl Jeanne Gunning, who worked in the tissue culture laboratory of the NCGR from 1981 to 1985. Jeanne's buds break late and full bloom occurs a week later than most cultivars. About one to two weeks after blooms of Invicta. The fruit ripens from mid to late July, about one week later than the fruit of Invicta, and is ripe for about one week. The fruit ripens to a deep red. The fruit weighed about 5.0 g/berry (7 year average), tended to be smaller than those of Invicta, but large for a red fruit. The yield from Jeanne is higher than from many other gooseberry varieties. The fruit taste is full and sweet. The plant tends to be somewhat spreading, growing to 5' high and 5' wide, and has single, nodal thorns. The leaves and fruits of Jeanne are highly resistant to powdery mildew. The leaves are also highly resistant to white pine blister rust. Damage from aphids or defoliation from sawflies is less severe on Jeanne than in other European gooseberries. Black leaf spot is visible on some leaves in summer, but does not appear to cause plant damage. We recommend this cultivar for home plantings or commercial gooseberry production in the Pacific Northwestern United States and in other temperate climate zones. We expect that this cultivar will be good for organic production because of its pest resistance and very good fruit quality. It could extend the production season of red gooseberries.
|Pest Resistance||Very Good|
|Disease Resistance||Very Good|
|Sun Tolerance||Very Good|
|Wet Soil Tolerance||Poor|
|No Spray||Very Good|
|Fresh for Kids||Very Good|
|This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, comments/opinions are always welcome|