blackcurrant 'Ben Sarek'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Other features: large, heavy crop of berries (mid-July)
- 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.
- Garden care: These bare root plants will be approx 1 year old. 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 currants 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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Q:We have a mature Blackcurrant bush (no idea what variety it is) probably about 10 years old. Last year it produced about 12lbs of fruit. It is going to be in the way when we install a new shed, can anyone tell me if it will survive if I dig it up (with as much root as possible) and transplant it.Asked on 6/1/2014 by Greenpinkies from South coast
It is difficult to say I'm afraid as it really depends on how much of the rootball you manage to keep intact. Ideally if you do lift it, it should be done in autumn or winter when the plant is fully dormant. Lift it and move it as soon as possible, using rootgrow (see link below) when you transplant. It will then be essential to make sure the plant is kept really well watered for the first year afterwards.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/rootgrow-licensed-by-the-royal-horticultural-society/classid.2000012047/Answered on 6/2/2014 by Anonymous
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