How To Grow Black Currants
Fruit Growing

How To Grow Black Currants

Soil.

One of the things you have to bear in mind if you want to know how to grow black currants, is that of all soft fruits black currants need the most moisture. They will grow well in a heavor soil, provided there is some form of drainage to prevent the roots being waterlogged.

Shelter, too, is an advantage as it assists in the pollination of the blossoms.

Manures.

How To Grow Black CurrantsOrganic matter gives the best crops. If you can obtain any spent hops this is excellent for mulching the bushes in autumn.

Planting and pruning black currants.

Autumn is the best season and the bushes should be 4 ft. to 6 ft. apart. Bushes are the only form of black currants. After planting young bushes all the shoots should be cut down to two buds to encourage strong healthy shoots to spring from the base. Good black currant bushes should produce such new basal shoots every year enabling old worn out shoots to be removed. In the following year if three shoots are more than 2 ft. long they can be left uncut and all others again cut back to two buds.

After the initial pruning, to form the foundation of a bush that will be productive for many years, pruning consists of cutting out the oldest wood and weak shoots : weak growth is a burden on any tree and will never be fruitful.

Cultivation.

Beyond keeping down weeds, little attention is required. The only likely trouble is an appearance of – big bud. Picking off any swollen buds may remedy the trouble, but a surer means is by spraying. When the leaves are the size of a shilling spray with lime sulphur.

Varieties.

Baldwin, a very prolific short-bunched variety ; Goliath, large sweet fruit with tender skin ; Boskoop Giant, vigorous grower with large berries, rich and sweet ; Davison’s Eight, heavy cropper, large juicy berries ; Laxton’s Raven, strong grower producing very heavy crops.

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