Blackcurrant Growing Guide

Blackcurrant

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Rich soil with compost dug in. pH of 6 to 6.5 preferred.

Position

Sunny position preferred, tolerant of some shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes but cover if a severe frost is forecast.

Feeding

May need potash (potassium) adding, particularly if the leaves start to brown at the edges.

Companions

Marigold.

Spacing

Single Plants: 90cm (2' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 90cm (2' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant in mid autumn or early winter when it's not too cold for a little root growth to help them establish.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

After harvesting prune the bush back to five leaves on each side shoot and remove any dead or overcrowded branches to 'open up' the plant.

Harvesting

Harvest fruit when ripe, will freeze well.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Blackcurrant