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Black Currant
Ribes nigrum - Black Current
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A small, hardy, attractive deciduous woody shrub growing 1 metre tall that produces between 8 to 30 flowers along its branches that are followed by clusters of small, glossy black berries that are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and minerals. They are relatively low-maintenance plants, the blackcurrants can be eaten raw and have a sweet to tart flavour so are usually used in pies, jams, preserves and syrups. It can also be used as an ornamental due to their attractive berries.

Growth Width — 1.2m
Growth Height — 1m
Fruiting Period — Summer
Light Requirements — Part Shade
Soil Requirements — Well drained soil
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Planting Advice

Plant in a permanent position in your garden. Blackcurrants are very productive and long living. Pick fruit a week after the berries turn black. Prefers cooler climates.

Watering needs

Keep soil moist in warmer months and when it's fruiting don't let it dry out.

Pruning Advice

Prune bush back after harvesting to five leaves on each side shoot, remove any dead wood, this will help fruit production. Every mid-summer after harvesting, cut back laterals to three to five leaves. Any well ripened canes can be used to strike new plants. After planting prune shoots to four buds above ground level and remove their unripened tips. Prune a quarter of the old wood each year including any dead or diseased wood to keep the plant vigorous. Do not prune new wood.