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Blackcurrants and Jostaberry (Bare-rooted)

Blackcurrants prefer a rich soil containing plenty of humus and a high nitrogen content. They have the reputation for doing well on slightly heavier soils, but that does not mean that they can be grown on badly-drained clay soils. Shelter from east winds at the time of blossoming is important because pollinating insects will fly freely only in a sheltered situation. The bushes start to bear fruit in the second year following planting. If well managed, they should last at least eight years before needing to be replaced. The introduction of new blackcurrant varieties that are heavy yielding and resistant to frost and diseases now makes growing this fruit very worthwhile.

The Jostaberry is a blackcurrant x gooseberry hybrid with berries that resemble a large blackcurrant but are about twice their size with a pleasant flavour, slightly different from both the blackcurrant and gooseberry.  It enjoys the same growing conditions as blackcurrants.

Bushes should be planted 1.5m (5ft) apart in rows. Ben Connan and Ben Sarek can be planted as close as 1.2m (4ft) apart and Little Black Sugar can be planted 1m (3ft 3in) apart.

Plants are available for delivery from late November until late March.


View Ken Muir's Guide To Growing Blackcurrants.

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Blackcurrant 'Ben Connan'*
Blackcurrant 'Ben Connan'*
Compact variety, good disease resistance.
160
£10.90  
Blackcurrant 'Ben Hope'*
Blackcurrant 'Ben Hope'*
Excellent disease resistance, good for organic growers.
1531
£10.90  
Blackcurrant 'Black 'n' Red®'* (Pot Grown)
Blackcurrant 'Black 'n' Red®'* (Pot Grown)
New! A sweeter blackcurrant variety that also has ornamental value. Supplied in 3 litre pots.
163
£16.00  
Blackcurrant 'Ben Sarek'*
Blackcurrant 'Ben Sarek'*
High yielding compact variety.
157
£10.90  
Jostaberry
Jostaberry
Gooseberry/blackcurrant cross, large blackcurrant like fruit, but sweeter.
180
£10.90  
Blackcurrant ‘Little Black Sugar®’ (Pot Grown)
Blackcurrant ‘Little Black Sugar®’ (Pot Grown)
Very sweet, compact variety that is ideal for growing in containers. Supplied in 5L pots.
1530P
£16.00