Guide to Growing Redcurrants and Whitecurrants

Guide to Growing Redcurrants and Whitecurrants

The treatment necessary is similar to that given to black currants except that they are grown on a leg, and are thus pruned differently. Also, grow the early croppers in a sunny position and the later ones in a shady position.

Plant 4 to 6ft. apart in rows the same distance apart, and cut back after planting to leave about 6in. of stem on the main side shoots, of which there should be four or five. Any others should be cut right out. The cuts should be made to buds pointing outwards, and any pointing inwards should be rubbed off.

Guide-to-Growing-Redcurrants-and-Whitecurrants Thereafter prune in winter, when dormant, removing the leading shoots so as to leave about 6in. of the new season’s wood, and cutting back the side shoots to leave one bud; this helps to build up the spur system which is the best way of making the red currant produce fruit. Cutting back the leading shoot will encourage the growth of side shoots, and thus the production of more fruit. Keep the centre of the bush open.

 

Propagation

Red currants are increased from hardwood cuttings in a similar manner to black currants but only the top four buds are left on each cutting and the trenches in which they are planted are much shallower.

 

Varieties

These include — Redcurrants: Earliest of Fourlands, early (strong upward-growing variety). Laxton’s No. 1, early (heavy cropper, needs wind protection). Red Lake, an American variety, mid-season (a heavy cropper, strong growing). Wilson’s Long Bunch, late (smallish berries but good cropper). White currants: White Versailles and White Dutch.

01. December 2010 by admin
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