Ben Lomond Blackcurrants are longstanding favourite of amateur fruit growers. It is ideal for small gardens and pots; compact with strong, upright growth, reaching a maximum height and spread of just 1.5m while still bearing a heavy late crop. If you'd like a bigger variety or one that crops earlier, have a look at the rest of our range of currant bushes for sale.
Ben Lomond holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) so you can be sure of its credentials. The RHS also recommends Ben Lomond as an excellent nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.
Ben Lomond will give you a reliable crop of high quality, very large clusters of fruit on short strings for easy picking. The intense flavour is excellent, a balance of sharp and sweet. The currants freeze well and are ideal for eating raw or cooking.
Blackcurrants are at their best about a week after they have turned black. Pick them individually or, to keep them fresh for longer, harvest the whole string. Pick in dry conditions and they will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks. Freeze as soon as possible after picking and they will keep for at least six months.
Blackcurrants are real superfoods, packed with antioxidants, anthocyanins, polyphenols, Vitamin C and minerals. Research suggests that the dark berries may help to reduce the symptoms of neurological illness and reduce the risk of some cancers.
One of the best features of Ben Lomond is its resistance to cold - in fact, bushes actually need a spell of cold weather to perform at their best. It is late flowering, so its blooms are frost resistant in almost all but the most extreme conditions and it fruits in late July-August.
Choose a sunny, sheltered spot out of strong winds with well-drained soil (or compost in a container). Plant 1.5m apart if growing bushes in a traditional stand-alone row, with 2m between rows. However, you can plant several closer together to make an attractive and productive hedge.
Blackcurrant Ben Lomond is self-fertile, so you only need one. Feed with blood, fish and bone in April, followed by a high nitrogen plant food in June. Keep the ground clear of weeds to avoid competition.
Did you know...
Ben Lomond was the first blackcurrant developed in the celebrated 'Ben' series by the Scottish Crop Research Institute in 1975.