View our Jostaberry >, Sign Up to ReceiveOur Latest Offers and Promotions, For more information on fruit trees and fruit plants, find us on Twitter or Facebook, The Ultimate Guide to Growing Blackcurrants, Growing Blackcurrants for extra large fruits, View our full range of Blackcurrant Bushes, Yield - established bushes give 10lbs or more, Soil - any reasonable soil with adequate drainage, Plant - Oct-April approx as bare root, pot-grown at other times, Pruning - remove a proportion of older stems, cutting out at the base in Winter. Beware the same bugs and diseases as for bushes grown in the open ground. If you have left it too late and your blackcurrants already show signs of heavy infestation, be prepared to snip off the ends of the new growth where the damage is worst, destroy these growths, and then spray. Black Currant Growing Guide Crop Rotation Group. Plant bare-root currants in winter. Blackberry pruning is easy to do once you know the steps. 1.5m apart. It is quite vigorous in growth so alow 6' or so for one bush. Plant the blackcurrant 6cm deeper than it was in the pot to encourage growth. Your newer varieties are much the best as they will be able to shrug off disease and late frosts more easily meaning they will still perform even without intervention from you. When choosing varieties I wouldn’t look any further than these for all round top class results and reliability. So be vigilant and remove any weeds as they appear. Plants. It forms a very vigorous spineless shrub, growing up to 1.8-2m tall and a similar size across, and is self fertile so only one need be grown. 6 Replies 2073 Views October 22, 2015, 13:17 by GrannieAnnie : when to plant Blackcurrant bushes Started by composthappens on Grow Your Own. ‘Ben Sarek’ produces large berries. Grow currants in well-drained soil, which has been enriched by adding plenty of well-rotted manure. Liquid feed in the summer months. Annually top dress with fresh compost and a general purpose feed such as Growmore. Fresh, juicy blackcurrants are rarely seen for sale in the shops but they are a delicious summer crop and a good source of Vitamin C. Blackcurrant bushes are also very easy to grow in the garden. Which is not to say that more ideal situations won’t reap greater rewards, because they will. Miscellaneous . You can leave your bushes ‘up’ and they will crop sooner because of it [Blackcurrants only fruit on well ripened 2 year wood] but long term they will suffer from a lack of strong new growth in the early stages. An average blackcurrant bush will require a spacing of 5’ and it will grow the same in height. The leaves are bigger and the branches provide more interest in the winter because the red buds are bigger. The bush is grafted onto a rootstock stem of the closely related Ribes aureum, but the host is not allowed to grow and any resultant shoots are rubbed off until the blackcurrant cutting has ‘taken’ Often two or more grafts are inserted onto the host stem so as to ensure a nice rounded head. Another consideration to make when choosing which varieties to grow [the choice can be bewildering with some fruit specialists listing 20 or more varieties] is that of season. Maybe you have a penchant for big-is-beautiful berries and fruits, perhaps the sheer size of out of the ordinary fruits thrills you, or maybe you are an erstwhile exhibitor? Blackcurrant bushes grow very well in containers although their need for a constant supply of water may prove a problem for some. Aug 28, 2020. But a blackcurrant bush will also shrug off less promising conditions and still yield fairly well. Just one plant can provide a generous crop of berries. I will have to prune them in the spring however I do not know how to proceed since I do not know which type of currant it is. Produces heavy yields of large, short-stalked berries, which are ready to harvest in late summer. Scarecrows and bird-scaring mechanisms work for a while, but the most reliable method of protection is to cover plants with horticultural fleece or mesh. This increasingly popular hybrid berry should be treated and grown just as you would a Blackcurrant bush. It resembles more closely a Blackcurrant but the leaves are smaller and shinier and the fruit are larger and sweeter. A hole should be dug wide enough to accept the roots without cramping or bending them. The way in which this is produced on the nursery is a very specialised procedure. The principals are the same except that you will be making a hole approximately the same size as the rootball. When it gets to about 6 feet is when it’s mature, and it will grow in sandy loam all the way to soil that is light on clay. Older types of blackcurrant varieties ripen at different times, with the currants at the top of the strig ripening first. Most sprays that were in part effective have been removed from use, and it is difficult to kill the mites because they spend nearly all of their time concealed inside the tissue of the plant. The way to encourage these fruits to get even bigger is to feed very generously of course, but also to thin the individual trusses and also to limit the overall truss quantity the bush is producing, by perhaps reducing the total number of strigs by up to a quarter. 1.8m between rows. It is quite easy in the winter to determine the damaged buds from the healthy ones, but it is a very laborious task especially if you have more than one or two bushes. Blackcurrants aren’t the favoured snack for our avian friends. Set each plant at least 6cm (2.25in) deeper than it was previously. 5 Replies 1837 Views February 24, 2012, 15:48 by jrko : blackcurrant bushes Black currants grow best in locations that receive morning sun and afternoon shade, or dappled shade part of the day. Prune blackcurrants when dormant – from late autumn to late winter. If you are short of space look for the newer compact variety ‘Ben Sarek’ which can be spaced just 3.5’ apart and is also shorter in growth. The Ribes nigrumplant, better known as blackcurrant, is part of the Grossulariaceae family. 222879/SC038262. We particularly recommend these blackcurrant bush varieties - Ben Sarek for it's compact growth and big crops, Ben Connan for extra large berries, and Ben Nevis for hardy durability, yield and extra frost resistance. Always buy certified stock to avoid virus problems. Container grown bushes will normally be planted during the growing season, from April to September so heavy regular watering is necessary until they are established. Miscellaneous Soil. Can You Plant Currant Bushes From Seeds?. If planting multiple bushes, place them 4 to 5 feet apart in a row. Deep planting encourages young, vigorous shoots to develop from the base. They are impervious to the elements and thoroughly hardy once they are in the ground. Name: Saundra E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Date posted: August 27, 2010 - 03:29 am Message: Hi. Ben Sarek is by far the best variety for container growing because it is much more compact in growth and requires less pruning. I would recommend a container not less than 18” and either a proprietary all-purpose peat based compost can be used, a custom mix of peat, sharp sand and leaf mould/organic matter, or you can use loam based potting compost. So be on guard with a shotgun [or perhaps not]. Individually the trusses should not be allowed to keep more than three or four berries each and in this way you maximise still further the stunning size of the individual berries. Firm in well before watering. Leaves fall prematurely and the resultant crop is usually affected. Although they have a sharp flavour, juicy blackcurrants can be eaten fresh or added to pies, jams and cordials. Mary Berry suggests replacing the blackberries with blackcurrants in this fruit-based dessert. Currants (Ribes spp.) Treatment is generally advised by picking off infected buds and destroying them, thus limiting the spread of the mites. Two Ben Sarek buses about 6 years old can easily produce 14- 20lbs of blackcurrants. This wil encourage and make room for strong new shoots to come through the next Spring, and these will then crop the summer of the next year. These days it is possible to plant all year round. The first two are really the most satisfactory with big fruits individually nearly twice the size of normal blackcurrants, and easily produced too. Rich soil with compost dug in. If you need to plant at another time, during the Spring and Summer, then this is also perfectly possible but at this time you will be planting pot grown bushes. Blackcurrants in containers ought to produce well for four to five years in a good big pot. Having performed this task you might stand back and wonder “oh my, what have I done? Eat fresh blackcurrants within a few days of harvesting. They are one of the few soft fruit bushes to like damp soil, but they do need plenty of sun and a sheltered position in the North & Scotland. In minor cases you can pick off the infested leaves (you will be able to see the white maggots with the naked eye). One mite-resistant cultivar, ‘Ben Hope’, is available. Your ground is now ideal for the planting of new blackcurrant bushes. The soil should now be level with that of the surrounding ground. Varieties have been bred to extend the normal harvest period, so if you can grow a range of varieties this will make sure you are picking fresh blackcurrants for the longest possible period. Plant a blackcurrant bush in October and lift it again in January [not recommended, but hypothetical] and you will likely find a forest of short white new roots already present. Standard currants really need a good strong cane or a 2 x 2” standard rose stake to support the weight of the head. For this purpose I would use a combination of miracle-grow, Osmocote tabs [slow release tablets you insert just one a year] and the occasional foliar feed of maxicrop. Trim back some of the roots and tease away the old soil replacing it with fresh John Innes No 3 compost. Basic Rules of Growing Blackcurrants: They fruit well on two and three year old stems, which then become quite unproductive. So for this reason better pollination and fruit set will be achieved if the bushes are sited in a more sheltered position with some sun, conditions where insects are more active. The bush attains roughly the same size as if it were a conventional one but it is supported on a clear stem, usually this is grafted at around 40”. If you've planted a containerised plant in the growing season, don't hard prune. This mildew is worse if bushes are planted close together giving poor air circulation, so space bushes out when planting. grow easily from seed but they need special treatment or you'll be looking at bare soil and no seedlings indefinitely. Do black current bushes have a life span or, if properly cared for, do they go on forever? Always buy certified stock to avoid virus problems. Also remove weak shoots and low ones leaning towards the ground. Although they should largely have stopped being produced by the time you get your new standard currant growing, it is possible for them to appear again at any time during the life of the ‘tree’. After planting you should cut all the shoots back to 2” from the base. Regular watering as described above is necessary to get them going but thereafter establishment is usually quick and satisfactory and the bushes will be well placed to make more significant growth the next year and they will be well established before winter. In this video you will learn the simple steps you need to take to prune a blackcurrant bush. But beware that removing too many leaves will impact on the crop yield. In small gardens, blackcurrants can be grown in containers. In year four, cut out about one-third of the older wood at the base, using a pair of loppers or a pruning saw. Weed control is important because they compete with the bushes for nutrients and water. 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