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Ribes rubrum 'Raby Castle'


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photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (43959)

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Redcurrants are easily grown fruits, once planted as hedges around herb and vegetable gardens. They crop well in sun or shade, and the same variety may be grown on south- and north-facing walls to give a succession of ripening dates. Plants develop a permanent system of fruiting sideshoots, and may be trained as fans, espaliers, cordons and standards, as well as bushes. Grow all kinds on a single clear stem, or leg, for easy maintenance. 'Raby Castle' is a fine old variety from 1820, still grown today for its high quality fruits. Net against birds and squirrels.

Family: Grossulariaceae

Genus: Ribes

Species: rubrum

Cultivar: Raby Castle

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Flowering period: April to May

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