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Ribes speciosum

Californian currant, Fuchsia-flowered currant

Hardy Shrub

  • The most exotic-looking currant
  • Dangling red blooms just like a fuchsia
  • Grow natural or train as a wall shrub

This hardy ornamental currant could be mistaken for a scarlet fuchsia! But no fuchsia will flower in the garden in January! Ribes speciosum is one of the best shrubs you can add to the winter scene, flowering at the same time as the earliest daffodils. Frost hardy, coming with an RHS Award of Garden Merit, it really is a sight to behold when trained tall on a sunny wall. It's hanging rich-red blooms and 'varnished' green foliage hide prickly stems - a perfectly pretty security plant. Also makes a decorative hedging plant, coping well with regular pruning. Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 150cm (59").

Ideal For:
hedges, cottage gardens, low maintenance garden, woodland garden
Flowering Period:
March, April
full sun
    • 1 x 9cm potted ribes plant

    • Despatch: By end of May 2017
    • £12.99
    • 2 x 9cm potted ribes plants

    • Despatch: By end of April 2017
    • £17.99
Grow Ribes in a sunny position, in any well drained soil. Ribes odoratum will happily grow in a semi-shaded spot but may produce fewer flowers and berries. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil. Plant Flowering Currant shrubs at the same depth as they were planted in their pots. Backfill the planting hole and water well to settle the soil.
Water regularly throughout the growing season until young plants are fully established. In spring, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant. Ribes requires little pruning. After flowering cut back stems to a healthy bud and remove a fifth of the old stems to ground level.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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