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Gooseberry Easycrisp® Madame Sanssouci (almost) thornless

Late, red Gooseberry with excellent mildew tolerance

Gooseberry Easycrisp® Madame Sanssouci (almost) thornless


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Product information "Gooseberry Easycrisp® Madame Sanssouci (almost) thornless"

A strong name for a strong gooseberry: Easycrisp® Madame Sanssouci. No, we are not talking about the castle, but at most the carelessness that one can show in dealing with this variety: Madame Sanssouci, Madame Noworries, as we call our new gooseberry, is not only equipped with one of the best resistance against mildew that I ever have in breeding. It has conspicuously shiny, leathery leaves and also (almost) no thorns, although this “(almost)” should actually be double in brackets, since Madame Sanssouci has the fewest thorns of all the Easycrisp® varieties. Regarding maturity, the red-fruited variety Easycrisp® Madame Sanssouci positions itself after the medium early varieties such as Darling® and Nibbling®, but slightly ahead of Lady Late!

Short Description of Gooseberry Easycrisp® Madame Sanssouci

Maturity/harvest: Medium late. Slightly ahead of Lady Late, clearly after Nibbling® and Darling®. The maturity is subsequent, which is ideal for garden visitors who like to snack.

Fruits: The fruits are only medium-sized, sometimes rather small, very firm, red to dark red, with a hint of slight hairiness. The mature fruits have a wonderful gooseberry aroma, but you really must have the patience to let the fruits ripen! With the earlier varieties such as Nibbling® and Darling®, it is sometimes possible to snack on the unripe fruit with pleasure, but Madame Sanssouci needs time and patience. At the correct maturity its fruits are also very good. Because of the dark red colour there is a tendency to harvest Madame Sanssouci too early.

Flavour: Juicy, intense gooseberry flavour, still too sour if not mature, must be harvested ripe.

Plant spacing: Approx. 1 m; Madame Sanssouci, with such a graceful French name, one would hardly expect that it grows very strong and will quickly claim a square metre for itself.
Location/growth: Sun to partial shade, some shade is preferred in order to avoid sunburn and bursting fruits in the hot early summer.

Training: Ideal for spindle training. Otherwise, offers the normal boxwood training, where you must ensure that enough shoots develop and not that 1-2 shoots suppress everything. Be sure to cut back the old shoots that are too strong in a timely manner, so that a balanced bush results.
How can Madame Sanssouci be trained using the spindle method?
Easycrisp® Madame Sanssouci is particularly well-suited for spindle training due to its strong and apical dominant growth. In the end, there is a main shoot with side branches where the fruit is produced. Ultimately, this plant shape is similar to an apple tree, as it is known from plantations:
This is how the spindle training works:
1. Remove all of the shoots except the strongest as far down as possible on the robust bush in a 5 L pot and, if possible, tear them away. The ideal planting time is autumn or early spring.
2. Plant high in contrast to shrub training; this means that the top of the root ball is the same height as the topsoil.
3. Attach the main shoot to a stable pole.
4. Tie up the existing growth continuously, so that there is no wind breakage.
5. In the second year, side shoots automatically develop, which will then bear fruit.

How should a gooseberry spindle be pruned?
1. Prune in early spring, late February or early March.
2. Old, side shoots of the main trunk are removed to stubs.
3. Leave the new side shoots, if necessary cut short in length, so that they may also bear fruit.
4. Side shoots that are too strong and compete with each other in the centre are removed to stubs
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Lubera Breeding This plant was bred by Lubera in Switzerland and placed on the market after extensive testing at our facilities in Buchs (CH) and Bad Zwischenahn (D). In 20 years of work, Lubera's founder and breeder Markus Kobelt has bred more than 80 of his own new varieties for the home garden; they all have the goal of providing you, our customers, with more experience and flavour, easier growing and more resistant, more robust varieties.

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