Planting Blackcurrants

Blackcurrants will grow in a wide range of soil types but they do require plenty of organic matter and a good supply of water. They prefer full sun but will also grow in partial shade. Blackcurrants grow as multi-stemmed bushes, and fruit best on the previous years shoots.

Buy two-year old blackcurrant plants that have been certified disease-free (blackcurrants are particularly prone to viruses). Bare rooted plants should be planted around late October to November, but can also be planted in February and early March if the ground is not too hard. Container grown plants can be planted at any time of year. Plant about 150cm (5ft) apart in all directions, as the bushes grow quite large.

Prepare the soil by removing any perennial weeds and adding a generous amount of compost or well-rotted manure. To encourage the growth of young vigorous shoots, it is very important to plant both bare-rooted and container grown blackcurrants about 5cm (2in) lower than the nursery soil mark. Water well after planting.

Once planted, cut all shoots back to one or two buds 2.5cm (1in) above soil level, to help the roots to establish. If planting container grown blackcurrants in summer, wait until winter when the plant is dormant before pruning all the stems.


1. Growing Blackcurrants – QUICKSTART GUIDE
2. Planting Blackcurrants – Help on planting blackcurrant bushes
3. Blackcurrent Plant Care – How to maintain a healthy and productive blueberry bush
4. Picking and Freezing Blackcurrants – How to pick, store and freeze your blackcurrants
5. Blackcurrant Tips – Some tips to help you get the most out of your blackcurrant bushes
6. Blackcurrant Diseases, Pests and Problems – Some help if things go wrong with your blackcurrant bushes
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