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Ribes nigrum 'Baldwin'


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Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (18133)

Plant details

Blackcurrants are vigorous, multi-stemmed bushes that fruit on both old and new wood, but the latter carry the best crops and so cultivation aims to feed and prune the plants to continually renew the stems. Different varieties crop from July to September. 'Baldwin' is a late kind and an old variety which is high in juice and vitamin C content, and used as a yardstick when assessing others. It tends to bloom early and is best planted in a warm frost-free position, or flowering bushes may be protected with fleece. The Hilltop Strain is superior to others.

Family: Grossulariaceae

Genus: Ribes

Species: nigrum

Cultivar: Baldwin

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

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