blackcurrant 'Ben Sarek'
blackcurrant Ben Sarek
- available to order from autumn
- bare root plant
This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A dwarf shrub which only grows to about 1.2m (4ft) tall, but has in-bred frost resistance and some resistance to mildew. In mid-July a heavy crop of large blackcurrants are produced which are perfect for serving fresh or made into jams, jellies or pies. The fruit should be picked quickly before it falls. Large, heavy crop of berries (mid-July)
- Garden care: These bare root plants will be approx 1 year old. When they arrive, soak the roots in water for an hour or two, before planting out into a well prepared bed as soon as possible. If the ground is soil is frozen or waterlogged when they arrive, give them a soak and plant them in a pot filled with good quality compost until they can be planted out. Space at 1.5m intervals and once planted apply a mulch of well-rotted manure every spring, as well as a nitrogen and potassium fertiliser. Make sure the plant is kept well watered in dry weather and net the bushes to protect the currants from birds. In the first year, prune back to one bud above soil level in winter. After that only prune out weak branches.