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Currant Collection

Ribes nigrum, Ribes rubrum

Hardy Shrub

Currants have a long cropping season, freeze well and are perfect for pies and jams. We supply healthy, 1 year old bare root plants, which are pruned already and will quickly establish once planted. From the second season onwards each plant will produce over 3.5kg (over 7lb) of fruit and will keep producing for up to 10 years. Height and spread: 120cm (48”).


Collection comprises 1 plant each of:
Blackcurrant 'Ben Connan' - This heavy cropping small bush variety produces large, glossy black fruits with a superb rich flavour. Estimated time to cropping once planted: 16-20 months (4-8 months for premium bareroot). Estimated time to best yields: 16-20 months.
Redcurrant 'Rovada' - Large luscious red fruits are produced in profusion from mid July, and through August. Estimated time to cropping once planted: 4-8 months. Estimated time to best yields: 28-32 months (16-20 months for premium bareroot).
Whitecurrant 'Blanka' - Masses of large, sweet, almost translucent berries on long strings from late July through to August. Estimated time to cropping once planted: 4-8 months. Estimated time to best yields: 28-32 months (16-20 months for premium bareroot).

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
April, May
Position:
sun or semi shade
    • 3 bareroot currant plants - 1 of each variety

    • SAVE £11.99  
    • Despatch: By end of October 2014
    • £35.97 £23.98
    • 3 premium currant plants - 1 of each variety

    • SAVE £20.98  
    • Despatch: By end of November 2014
    • £50.97 £29.99
Currants prefer a position in full sun but will tolerate semi shade. Shelter from cold winds and late spring frosts as these conditions may damage the flowers, and reduce the yield of fruit later in the year. Grow currants in rich, moist, well drained soil. Incorporate plenty of well rotted manure into the ground prior to planting. Plant currant bushes between late autumn and spring, at a distance of 1.5m (5') apart and a depth of 5cm (2") lower than the soil mark on the stem. Planting currants slightly deep will encourage the production of extra stems from below ground level.

Keep currant plants well watered during dry periods, particularly as the fruits are developing. Netting the bushes will help to protect the currants from birds. Currants can be harvested from July.


After planting reduce the stems of blackcurrant bushes to 2 buds above ground level to promote sturdy new growth. After the first season, prune out any thin or weak shoots. In the following years prune out any damaged or weak shoots before removing 20% of the remaining stems to create an open bush, and encourage fresh now shoots to develop.


Whitecurrants and redcurrants form fruit on 2 year old wood, so after planting the leading shoots need only be pruned by half to encourage branching. In subsequent years, reduce any new growth by half. Take care not to cut back into the previous year's wood unless removing the occasional weak or damaged stem to encourage healthy new shoots to develop.

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.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

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