This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Last week was the closing week of the Polyculture Study for this season  – and what a season it’s been thanks to all of the awesome people that have joined us this year.  We’re so grateful that people from all over the world participate in the project with such enthusiasm and help us on our quest to develop and promote practices that provide food and other resources while enhancing biodiversity. Take 12" (30cm) cuttings from the one-year old stems and you have all you need for new plants. For pruning currants it’s good to remove approx. Each quarter you’ll receive a shipment of the finest oil straight from your tree! Cook them in pies and sauces or make into jams and jellies. Your email address will not be published. Redcurrants and whitecurrants do best in moist but well-drained soils, in a sunny spot sheltered from cold winds. Your email address will not be published. These cuttings are often made when pruning the plant, which is commonly done in early spring. All of our cultivars are resistant to white pine blister rust and powdery mildew. – Blackberry ‘Reuben’are still flowering, fruiting and ripening. Bare-root plants can be planted between October and early March in mild spells. Hardwood cuttings from currants is one of the easiest methods of propagation. – Red currant this week. Alternatively, place trusses in bags and put into the freezer for later use. Dig a hole in readiness for planting the … Red currants produce most heavily on 2- to 3-year old stems, while black currants bear more heavily on 1-year-old stems. By propagating gooseberry cuttings, you are … Frost tolerant. White Currants: These have 3 species, R. rubrum, R. petraenum and R. vulgare, and typically have lower acid content than other varieties, so they are good to eat fresh. How many to grow:A mature blackcurrant will yield 5-7 kg of fruit. Pick the fruit as and when it ripens. Nigel Slater's redcurrant tart is large and sweet with a crumbly pastry and vanilla filling. Get 40% off when you adopt an Italian olive tree. It’s important to take the cutting at the correct time of the year when you go about rooting gooseberry cuttings. Redcurrants and whitecurrants fruit on old wood. Soak the red currant bush in a bucket of water for 24 hours before planting. Glossy green foliage then follows turning to shades of purple before falling in autumn. Purple buds are borne on bare branches in late-winter and early-spring which open up to reveal white, star-shaped, almond-scented flowers. I made a quick survey of the existing trees and shrubs on the site. Even cuttings stuck into the soil may well take and form new bushes. Prune in winter, creating an open bowl shape that deters sawflies and helps ripen fruit. Red and white currants yield 4-5 kg. The older stems can be cut into smaller pieces and left on the surface of the bed unless the pruned material is diseased in which case it should be removed from the area.  Here are Joana and Ryan taking the cuttings. I also photographed the herb layer for autumn flowering plants and will carry on with botany surveys in the following seasons to get a fuller picture of the herb and bulb diversity on the site. It is native across Europe, but the most common cultivars are selected varieties. Prepare the soil by digging in organic matter, such as well-rotted garden compost. Red currants grow best in locations that receive morning sun and afternoon shade, or dappled shade part of the day. Due to a trimmer accident I currently have an entire branch of a red currant bush at my hands. Ask Question Asked 4 years, 6 months ago. Buy three 3L potted plants of this tall and slender perennial for £21.98 - please add all three to your basket. They key thing is to keep the soil moist, especially when the fruits are forming. Leave all the buds on blackcurrants. Perfect with a little icing sugar sprinkled over the top before serving. An increasingly popular way of growing both redcurrant and white currants is as the cordon system.