Growing Currants : Ribes

These shrubs with their delicious red, black or white berries are members of the Crossulariaceae family and are ideal for growing in containers. Although hardy, the flowers are frost-sensitive, which is why the plants should be protected against frost or moved indoors until all danger of frost has passed.

Blackcurrant

Blackcurrant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Currants are best planted in autumn in well-drained, humus-rich soil. Prune vigorously during the rest period in order to encourage the formation of fruit for the following year. They need plenty of water and food during the entire growing season in late spring. There are slow-, medium- and fast growing varieties of red and white currants but not of black currants. It is important to cut back whole branches to let the light in. It is easier to pick the fruit from standards.

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03. April 2014 by admin
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