Ribes nigrum  (Black Currant)

Ribes nigrum (Black Currant)

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Black currant is a small hardy attractive deciduous shrub that fruits in early summer. The black currant canes will grow vigorously in their first year and then flower and fruit in the second year. Multiple branches produce an abundance of flowers, which are coloured pale yellow, that develop into small dark purple glossy berries. Grow the black currant canes against a wall or a fence, or support with a fence or trellis.
Black currants have a tart taste when eaten raw so are usually used in cooking. The berries are used to make jams, jellies and juices. They are a fantastic natural concentrated source of vitamin C and antioxidants.

Soil: Rich, well-drained soil. Dig through plenty of organic matter or well-broken-down animal manure before planting.
Conditions: Best grown in areas with a cold winter as a ‘chilling period’ will assist fruit set. Black currants prefer a full sun position and give shelter from strong hot winds.
Size: Height 1m x width 0.60m