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Ribes - Small.

Common Name
Family Grossulariaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open stony mountain and hill slopes[74]. Forest margins, thickets and rocky slopes at elevations of 1500 - 2100 metres in northern China[266].
Range E. Asia - northern China, Siberia.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ribes


Ribes

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ribes is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Grossularia aciculare. (Small.)Spach.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[105]. Large, sweet and tasty[2, 74]. The red fruit is up to 15mm in diameter[266].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moisture retentive but well-drained loamy soil of at least moderate quality[11, 200]. Quite tolerant of shade though not fruiting so well in such a position[11]. The dormant plant is hardy to about -20°c[200]. This species is closely related to R. burejense[200]. Plants can harbour a stage of 'white pine blister rust', so they should not be grown in the vicinity of pine trees[155]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification at 0 - 9°c and should be sown as early in the year as possible[113, 164]. Under normal storage conditions the seed can remain viable for 17 years or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, preferably with a heel of the previous year's growth, November to February in a cold frame or sheltered bed outdoors[78, 200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Ribes divaricatumCoastal Black Gooseberry, Spreading gooseberry, Parish's gooseberry, Straggly gooseberryShrub2.7 4-8  LMHSNM412
Ribes fasciculatum Shrub1.5 4-8  LMHSNM10 
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Ribes gayanum Shrub1.5 7-10  LMHSNM30 
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Ribes glandulosumSkunk CurrantShrub0.4 -  LMHSNM21 
Ribes griffithii Shrub2.5 -  LMHSNM20 
Ribes himalense Shrub2.0 5-9  LMHSNM31 
Ribes hirtellumCurrant-Gooseberry, Hairystem gooseberryShrub1.0 4-8  LMHNM300
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Ribes hudsonianumHudson Bay Currant, Northern black currant, Western black currantShrub1.0 0-0  LMHSNM21 
Ribes inebriansWhisky CurrantShrub2.0 4-8  LMHSNM21 
Ribes inermeWhitestem Gooseberry, Klamath gooseberryShrub2.0 5-9  LMHSNM20 
Ribes irriguumIdaho GooseberryShrub3.0 -  LMHSNM21 
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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