Frank P Matthews
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Blackcurrants are easy to grow, producing bunches of dark purple berries from July to August and are rich in vitamin C. Their tart flavoured fruits can be made into pies, jams and cordials. A blackcurrant bush can also be grown in containers if you are short on space. Their delicious fruits are ready for picking in July.
Plant in a well-drained soil in a full sun or partial shaded position. Avoid sites that are prone to winds or late frosts. After two years of planting, prune a third of the branches back in the winter to enable new, fresh growth. The blackcurrant bush is high yielding, and produces a crop of good quality soft fruit.
Early to mid season. Large berries on short trusses. Good flavour. Good frost, pest and disease resistance.
Early season. Large berries, short strigs. Small, compact. Heavy cropper. Some frost and mildew resistance.
Super sweet fruit combined with attractive red/burgundy leaves. Mildew resistant.
Blackbells has sweeter berries and larger fruit that can be picked in bunches of 10-15 per strig. Upright growing.
Compact bush with sweet, tasty blackcurrants. Excellent for cooking and eating fresh.
Mid season. Very large fruits of superb quality, mildew and rust resistant. Excellent for baking into pies!
Crops in mid-late summer. Firm, round and glossy fruit that is sweet. Can be eaten fresh or used for cooking.
Mid season. Medium berries, hang well. Rich for vitamin ‘C’. Still the best flavoured blackcurrant of them all!
Large fruit with deliciously sweet flavour of juicy berries. Heavy yielding, mid-late season. Good frost resistance.
The largest blackcurrant, bearing more than double the fruit size of standard varieties with good flavour too.