blackcurrant 'Ben Connan' (PBR)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Other features: large, richly flavoured berries (mid-July)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A small to medium sized shrub that shows good resistance to mildew and is very frost tolerant, so excellent for growing in colder areas. It produces exceptionally large fruit that have a superb rich flavour from mid-July, and an established plant produce up to 3.6kg (8lb). A very popular variety.
- Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Remove all weeds and dig in plenty of well-rotted manure in to the area. Once planted, apply a mulch of well-rotted manure every spring, as well as a nitrogen and potassium fertiliser. Make sure the plant is watered in dry weather and net the bushes to protect the currnts from birds. In the first year, prune back to one bud above soil level in winter. After that prune out weak branches only.
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Dear Crocus I am wanting to create a " winter garden " area and fancy an Acer griseum as the central feature. I had thought of planting a Cornus Midwinter Fire and Bergenia 'Bressingham Ruby' to complement the scheme but I would welcome any other suggestions please. Many thanks ClaireAsked on 26/2/2010 by CLAIRE LAWTON
A:Hello Claire, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering plants. I would definitely recommend hellebores and snowdrops, perhaps some Cyclamen and and Euonymus fortunei for foliage colour. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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Hello, I would like to buy my Mum something lovely to plant in her garden as a thank you gesture for putting up with me while I've been doing my degree. I have no idea where to start. I saw in an article about pink daffodils and thought that sounded lovely - is this the right time of year to buy them? Ideally I'd like to get her something that will last a long time, something that she can nurture, and also looks very pretty. Can you help me please? I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Many thanks, KatieAsked on 30/8/2009 by Katie Bowkett
A:Hello Helen, Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. As you open the back door there is a small decked area and she has a few small plants dotted around.The lawn, which is half moon shaped, and has a few different sized conifers and red geraniums. around it She likes planting things in terracota pots, As for the soil type, I really don't know. Best wishes, KatieAnswered on 2/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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