Dec, Jan, Feb
To prepare bare-root plants for permanent planting, prune off damaged and excessively long roots. Soak roots of plants in a bucket of water for 20 minutes to make sure they are moist.
Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and add a couple of forkfuls of organic matter into the planting area. Add a sprinkle of mycorrhizal fungi to encourage root growth.
Position the roots in the hole and backfill with a mix of soil and compost, firming it in place with your heel. Aim to plant the union between the roots and stems just below the soil.
Water the bush in well. Water plants regularly in dry weather. The size of your crop will increase as the plant becomes established. Pick the fruits when they are fully black. Freeze if you don't want to eat them immediately.
Prune blackcurrants in winter, when they are dormant. Fruit forms on young wood, so cut out the older, fruited stems.