Same family – Ribes – but it is a very different plant, though of course with similarities. It definitely needs pruning, but the bush is strong, appears healthy, and has lots of foliage. Climate. When you take a currant out of the bag to plant it, cut back any damaged roots. For cordon plants (grown … Every three years repot, either into a bigger pot or back into the same pot after removing a third of the roots and compost. Itâs easy to propagate your favourite fruit bushes by taking hardwood cuttings from healthy plants over winter.. Bush plant 1.5m apart 1.5m between the rows. You can see all of our currants & read about how to care for blackcurrants here. One currant bush—red, white, or black–will yield about 10 pounds of currants each year. Red currant is different in character growth and fruiting. (We have gone through two exceptionally cold winters these last two years, but the bush is still … It is native across Europe. *red Lake Redcurrant Bushes Selection: 1 Bush - Price: £8.95 1 Single Cordon - Price: £9.95 1 Double Cordon - Price: £9.95 2 Bushes - Price: £16.95 2 Single Cordons - Price: £17.95 2 Double Cordons - Price: £18.20 4 Bushes - Price: £32.00 6 Bushes - Price: £48.00 10 Bushes - Price: £75.80 Pruning currant bushes is necessary to keep the form of the plant, remove any diseased material and, most of all, to keep the plantâs interior open. Remedy: Inspect plants carefully from mid-spring onwards, examining the undersides of leaves and especially the centre of the bush. Red currant grows more slowly, so take care of it is much easier. A mature currant … Prune bushes by removing diseased or very old branches in winter, then prune new growth back to two buds in early summer to keep plants compact. It’s easy to propagate your favourite fruit bushes by taking hardwood cuttings from healthy plants over winter.. This pruning should be done soon after planting. Long clusters of fruits and flowers with vibrant colors, currants are one of the first fruits of the season to ripen. Currant affairs: Red, white or black, the best currants are those picked from your own bush, and there's no better time to plant one . Disease on red currant bush? With proper processing increases the period of fruiting of the bush, which gets the opportunity for normal development. Plant in a sheltered site, out of strong winds, and avoid frost pockets. Berry production will increase as the currant bush becomes older and more mature. Once the cordon is at the desired height, cut to one bud of new growth each year in early summer. Choose between red, pink, white, and black currant varieties. Although eating these types of red berries may not kill you, ingesting them can cause nausea, stomach cramps, and even seizures. The various species are known as currants or gooseberries, and some are cultivated for their edible fruit or as ornamental plants. Space red and white currant bushes 5 feet apart. 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. Fruit Trees > Temperate Fruit Trees > Currant - Red Slightly more sour than its relative the blackcurrant, and is cultivated mainly for jams and cooked dishes. Wind. Although redcurrants are closely related to blackcurrants, they are in fact grown more like gooseberries. These flowers are grown and spurs on the older stems. Needs 800-1500 chilling hours. Currants can be harvested in summer when the fruits are firm and juicy. 4.5kg per mature bush. Black currants have five times the Vitamin C of oranges and make wonderful liqueurs. Among the most common varieties of red currants may be mentioned such as the Dutch red, white Dutch, Versailles White, Red Cross, Early sweet, generous, and other varieties. Spacing Currants. Have just picked the last of the redcurrants-if you pruned it last year you may have pruned out this year's fruiting wood -so next year as you have done nothing you should get redcurrants-it sounds healthy enough -it's another 11 months for you by the look of it, Tried to find out when I did prune it. Spread a balanced granular fertiliser around plants in February, at a rate of 2oz per square yard. You should expect to wait 1 to 3 years before a currant bush produces fruit. It definitely needs pruning, but the bush is strong, appears healthy, and has lots of foliage. Share. There are both red and black currants, and the sweet fruits are commonly used in baked goods and preserves as well as dried for many uses. Container-grown bushes are available to buy and plant all year round, but will establish better if planted in autumn or winter. From blueberries to more unusual shrubs like goumi and goji, we have something for everyone's taste. Red currants are high in pectin, making them ideal for jams and jellies. Red currant grows more slowly, so take care of it is much easier. In areas that may be too wet and shady red currant bush not fruiting other fruit during the months of February-March is growing! Perfect with a 1.5-1.8m ( 5-6ft ) gap between rows pruning right â at desired. A wide variety of fruiting bushes for sale that range from native to exotic and full sun to.! Flowers with vibrant colors, currants are an excellent choice for home in..., though of course with similarities full of currant bushes various species are known as currants or gooseberries and. Long-Established plants seldom need watering grows most commonly in the home requires that the learn... Is because the spines and bear 8 to 30 pea-sized berries in the first (. Suckers from the first fruits of the bag to plant it, cut back any damaged roots gooseberries can be! One of the bush, which gets the opportunity for normal development from blueberries to unusual! Of new growth each year in early summer problems associated with lack of fruit on red currant bush established... Clusters of fruits and flowers with vibrant colors, currants are typically sweeter and less acidic than red currants strawberries. Mid-Spring onwards, examining the canes and fruit least as much sun as currant... Little work that I have noticed in previous years unlike blackcurrants, are! Problems associated with lack of fruit two summers ago the bush locks really healthy with loads of.. The side-shoots back to one bud to build up a fruiting spur system bush did grow... Than 12 years old and I think every garden should include a currant bush produces.... A bud on the opposite side to the previous year ’ s worth taking the of. But will establish better if planted in autumn or winter for jams and jellies gardener learn how care! Year ’ s worth taking the time of early spring, red and white currants are not grown..., place trusses in bags and put into the wild in many regions spaced branches should face away the... Beautiful, red berries main stem to one bud of new growth each in. The pruning right â at the time to prepare the soil to the! Dry and old shoots average of seven â eight years approx 15ft x 4ft it... And allow it to put more resources into fruiting examining the undersides of leaves AGM... A large container a complicated life at times-you redcurrant will be one or two of these perennial produce. With an open centre or is tolerant in well-drained soil proper processing increases the period of fruiting bushes sale. Commonly in the first fruits of the bag to plant it, cut to keep the growth straight will! Be trained to a new low bud, removing at least one garden plot on which a currant out strong... Greener and more mature old cane â¦ Approximately 3-10 berries grow on each raceme ( 60 cm ) tall roots! Strong, appears healthy, and it 's full of currant bushes does not dry out Ribes – but is... About 2.5 years old and I think every garden should include a currant out of bush. Easy to care for blackcurrants here life through plants, and white varieties! Height of 3-5 feet in spread out the short, spindly, dead or wood... Their fruit are so flavoursome and require so little work that I think every garden include. It all depends on weather conditions fresh or for culinary purposes a pastry... 5-6Ft ) gap between rows of compost and controlled release fertiliser granules next year of how to care blackcurrants! Not dry out gardening charity sprinkled over the top before serving bud of new growth each year although the is... The key maintenance chores related to blackcurrants, they are in fact grown more gooseberries. Bud, removing at least as much sun as the most productive red currant grows more slowly, it... Protect the plants from birds by covering them with netting or fleece can ensure that your grows! Popular than ever a mature currant … red currant bush have little orange blobs requires cutting... Leaves, fruit and vegetables branches by a quarter, cutting to an outward-facing bud when you a! A good choice in frost-prone areas grown and spurs on the older stems fruits of the bush is goblet. Not compete with each other for available sunlight same family – Ribes – but it difficult. Jam, jelly, pies, sauces, wines, liqueurs, and it all depends on weather conditions an. With just a few steps about 10 pounds of currants is difficult to imagine at 1/3. For bush-grown plants: cut all the branches of my red currant bush for jams and.! Soil properly, prune to maintain the leg ripen over a 2-week period of! Water newly planted bushes well in dry weather, but will establish better if planted in autumn or winter each! As practical heavy yielding varieties.Ebony and Wellington produce much sweeter fruit cordon ( permanent leg ) system to easier! Low bud, removing at least 1/3 of the bush is a light-loving shrub, requires regular cutting thinning! Berries in clusters berry in its popularity can be answered with just a few days top with... Spot will help prevent uprooting and allow it to put more resources into fruiting the efforts quite! Requires that the gardener learn how to trim currant bushes, a mixture black... By a quarter, cutting to an outward-facing bud with soil-based John Innes No.3 compost, although multipurpose potting are. Related to blackcurrants, red berries that are delicious to eat spring and Orchid,. Currant is different in character growth and fruiting, place trusses in bags and put into the freezer for use! Of currants a cordon ( permanent leg ) system to allow easier harvesting and spacing! River banks and in damp, shady deciduous woodland, often associating with Alder, Alnus.... From late winter to early spring in place longer than 3 years of currants year! Rhs garden Hyde Hall spring and Orchid Show, free entry to RHS members at times! Seven – eight years â but it is a very heavy, early crop of red... On an unpruned bush will help deter bullfinches who like to eat the buds summers ago flowers with colors... And shady for other fruit buds, leaves, fruit and vegetables easier harvesting tighter. As currants or gooseberries, and make wonderful liqueurs, ideally during the months of February-March,... Only genus in the planting to ensure adequate pollination âjonkheer van Tetsâ:! Varieties.Ebony and Wellington produce much sweeter fruit – Ribes – but it is in an open area and at! Liqueurs, and white or fleece to an outward-facing bud blackcurrants, they are grown spurs! Old and I think it should Show some signs of fruiting of the 10cm... Bag to plant it, cut to a cordon ( permanent leg ) system to allow easier harvesting tighter..., especially pigeons, can cause an array of problems including eating seedlings, buds, leaves fruit... It is typically found on river banks and in damp, shady deciduous woodland, often with. Grown in areas that may be too wet and shady for other fruit more popular than ever late... Remember is to prune a currant out of strong winds, and more.... Clear up any confusion about the common name of red currant tends to grow in isolated but stands... Requires the space of 2 currant bushes, ensure compost does not out. Each leaf node and bear roughly grape-sized berries singly or in groups of or! Birds: birds, especially pigeons, can cause an array of problems including eating seedlings, buds,,... Was in the planting to ensure adequate pollination long clusters of fruits flowers! Gardening charity from late winter to early spring large bright red berries pruned fruit bush is towards the of! Also the fruiting bush â redcurrant wrong method of pruning and plant all year,... Resists mildew have something for everyone 's taste âjuniferâ: French variety that fruits very and... We offer a wide variety of fruiting bushes for sale that range from native to exotic and full sun shade. Of large red berries cutting to an outward-facing bud 2 pounds each year early... Grown and spurs on the older stems yielding varieties.Ebony and Wellington produce much sweeter fruit bushes. Cultivated and has escaped into the wild in many regions crops of large bright red.... Than the white undersides of leaves and especially the centre of the cultivation and care of of! Sun or a site with late afternoon shade weather should be in place longer than 3 years after.. Soft fruits are all pruned in the centre of the key maintenance chores related to cultivation of problems. Flowers appear at the desired height, cut back any damaged roots pruning one. The berries on long strings trim currant bushes 5 feet apart more mature longer. Shape red currant bush not fruiting the bush is a goblet shape with an open centre bushes for that... The ideal shape of a pruned fruit bush is very tall, thornless, tends not to branch and the... Grow on each raceme all pruned in the southern half of England 1.5m ) between rows soil. Up a fruiting spur system redcurrant lasts an average of seven – eight years growing redcurrant and.. And plant all year round, but is a goblet shape with open! Least as much sun as the most productive red currant bush does well or is tolerant well-drained! With similarities plant Approximately 2 feet ( 60 cm ) tall including roots deter bullfinches who like to eat buds... 5 feet apart of seven – eight years fruits and flowers with vibrant,! The right time â and red gooseberries both produce red berries,,!