This is a guide to growing blackcurrant. It includes information on sun requirements, when to plant, feeding and harvesting tips. Pests and troubleshooting notes are also included.

Soil

What soil is good for Blackcurrant?

Well draining soil with plenty of organic matter mixed in. 

Position

How much sun does Blackcurrant need?

Full sun to afternoon shade

Frost Tolerant

Is Blackcurrant frost tolerant?

 Yes, but may need protection from severe frosts. 

Spacing

How much space does Blackcurrant need?

Roughly 1m apart

Planting

When should I plant Blackcurrant?

Late autumn or early spring is the best time to transplant most dormant plants. Plants, with the exception of bare-root, can be transplanted at anytime between when the ground thaws and when it freezes (so anytime if you are in a frost free climate). However, if transplanting in the heat of summer, you'll need to be diligent in watering and provide extra shade for your plant in the first few weeks after transplanting.

Dig a hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball. The hole should allow the plant to sit at the same level in the soil as it was previously. Fill the hole with soil ensuring that the crown of the plant, where the roots and stem meet, is level with the soil surface. 

Plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Blackcurrant?

Fertilise a few weeks after planting with an organic fertiliser.

Each spring, apply potash and top dress the soil around the plant with well rotted compost. Apply an organic fertliser throughout the season if plant leaves begin showing signs of deficiency. 

Add a 2 inch layer of mulch around the plant to retain moisture. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Blackcurrant?

Continuous harvest throughout the season when berries are black. Fruits can be eaten fresh or frozen for future use. 

Pests

What pests does Blackcurrant get?

Aphids, Mites, Weevils, Earwig, Slug, Snail 

Diseases

What diseases does Blackcurrant get?

Cane Blight, Gray Mold, Leaf Spot, Spur Blight, Rust, Fire Blight, Leaf Curl, Mosaic Virus, Raspberry Ringspot, Phytophthora Root Rot, Blackcurrant Reversion Disease

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Blackcurrant?

At the end of the season, prune the plant in order to remove old or unproductive wood. Open up the center to let light and air in by removing any overlapping branches, this will help to prevent disease and increase growth and fruit production for the next season. 

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