How to Grow Blackcurrants
Blackcurrant bushes are very simple to grow. 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.
Basic Rules of Growing Blackcurrants:
- They fruit well on two and three year old stems, which then become quite unproductive.
- Pruning out some of the best performing 2/3 year old stems each year will keep the new ones coming.
- After Planting: Cut all the stems down to about 2.5 inches.
- Year One: Have a cup of tea.
- Feb-March of Year two: Apply whatever
fertiliser you like in a good amount, following their instructions or
Wait for a month and apply one ounce of
sulphate of ammonia for about a square metre around the base of the
Enjoy the summer fruits by July!
- Winter of Year Two: Go over the stems, pruning out all the very small and weedy, the rubbing, the hanging, the broken and the diseased.
Every winter happily ever after:
- Remove about 30%ish
of the bush from the oldest, most darkly coloured stems - some people
- Cut them right back to one of the the lowest outward facing
buds. It is easiest to then cut all sideshoots off each remaining stem -
they can make it bend and latch onto other stems.
- Also pick out all the
weak & badly placed or poorly looking stems.
"Happily ever after" with a blackcurrant
bush should be about 15 years
before they should be replaced.
Plants in their prime will produce 8-12lbs / 3.5 - 5.5kg of fruit each year. Harvesting Blackcurrants:
You'll see them darken and
taste sweet when they are ripe, use scissors to cut them off.
Top Tip: When harvesting, you can also do most of
the pruning: just cut out some of the innermost, most heavily fruited
stems and take them somewhere more comfortable to be stripped of their
fruit: this will make mopping up the rest much easier.
Your plants will need action against aphids and a net is essential to keep the birds off.
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