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Ribes nigrum 'Ben Sarek'

Blackcurrant

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Key information

Feature

Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (43922)

Plant details

Blackcurrants are a real summer treat ideal for using in pies, jams, jellies and puddings. 'Ben Sarek' is a neat, compact variety which produces plenty of large fruit in July and August. It is one of Jim Arbury's favourite varieties and is also very frost tolerant, making it suitable for colder areas. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Grossulariacae

Genus: Ribes

Species: nigrum

Cultivar: Ben Sarek

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to take cuttings: July to August

Time to prune: October to November

Flowering period: April to May


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