Description Flowering currant is not only a Northwest native, growing extensivley from British Columbia south to northern California, but has also become popular garden shrub grown for its brightly colored and scented flowers in early spring. New growth this spring, and nice berry crop this June which was turned into jam/jelly. You may find plants with flowers ranging from white to a deep red. Dig a hole just deep enough to accommodate the root ball of the red currant bush, and at least twice as wide. Cordons plant 50cm apart 1.5m between the rows The red currant’s deep bluish-green leaves also add interest to landscapes throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Miscellaneous Soil. They are fuller and more upright with straighter branches, and grow to 5-6 feet tall and wide. Once the flowers have been pollinated, the currant fruits will begin to grow. Spread 3 to 4 inches of compost or manure on top of the soil, and work it in thoroughly. Many cultivars are hardy to -40F (-40C). Inspect plants carefully from mid-spring onwards, examining the undersides of leaves and especially the centre of the bush. Sanguineum means “blood-red;” referring to the color of the flowers; although the flowers are usually a rosy or pale pink. Last year one small section, bush, of the bunch, died. Perfect with a little icing sugar sprinkled over the top before serving. The currant berries grow on spurs of 2- or 3-year-old wood. With proper pruning, however, you can ensure that your redcurrant grows healthier, free of pests and disease. Redcurrants bear their fruit on old wood. Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →, Green Footsteps: Growing Red Currants for a Luscious and Easy Home Crop. Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake' is a compact Red Currant for culinary or dessert use. The key thing to remember is to prune the bush in the winter so that the middle is hollow. A normal sized red currant bush can produce 3 to 4 kilos of berries in the summer season. Redcurrants do best in full sun, but can be grown against a shady, north-facing wall, although this will result in fruit that ripens later and is less sweet. The red currant is a multiple-stemmed bush that usually grows up to 5 feet tall and wide, producing chains of small, edible bright-red berries that ripen in July. To be classified as a currant, the bush must be in the genus Ribes.Native to the Northern Hemisphere, these plants have been cultivated throughout Europe and Asia for centuries. Protect the plants from birds by covering them with netting or fleece. I have lots of red currants which have ripened before the other bushes. Rich soil with compost dug in. 222879/SC038262, Plant redcurrants in well-prepared soil, ideally in  a sunny, sheltered spot, Alternatively plant in a large container filled with multipurpose compost mixed with some soil-based John Innes No.3 compost, Remove diseased or very old branches from bushes. If properly settled in, caring for currant bushes is quite easy. Apply the fertilizer according to the recommendations on the fertilizer package. The bushes should be protected from strong wind, which will result in smaller fruit. Black currant, red currant and white currant bushes all yield copious clusters of berries which are rich in vitamin C as well as having a high pectin content which makes them ideal for jams and jellies. St. Paul backyard has several red currant bushes, all grouped together, about 4' x 6' total. Red Currant flowers. Redcurrent is an iconic home & lifestyle accessories retailer with stores across New Zealand and online. Do not leave them in water as they drown. Burpee All Rights Reserved. Leaders should be pruned to outward facing buds unless the branches are bending, in which case they then should be cut to upward facing buds. Every three years repot, either into a bigger pot or back into the same pot after removing a third of the roots and compost. Replenish the mulch as it decomposes. Aug 4, 2019 - Explore Aliesha White's board "currant bush" on Pinterest. Once full grown they can reach a height of 3-5 feet and 3-5 feet in spread. I didn’t intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. Alternatively, red currant bushes are smaller (3-5 feet tall and wide) and a … times, RHS Registered Charity no. It bears deep green leaves 2” wide, each with 3-5 lobes. These flowers are … No fruit will be present at this time. Birds, especially pigeons, can cause an array of problems including eating seedlings, buds, leaves, fruit and vegetables. If you are planting more than one red currant bush, allow 4 to 6 feet between each bush. 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