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How to plant a blackcurrant bush

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Do To do in January

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Blackcurrants are easy to grow and more tolerant of heavy soils than other currant bushes. Just one plant can provide a generous crop of berries. If blackcurrant bushes are kept well fed and watered you could be harvesting fruit a year after planting.

You will need

  • Blackcurrant bush, e.g. ‘Ben Sarek’
  • Fork
  • Spade
  • Compost
  • General fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone
  • Secateurs
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Total time:

Step 1

Choose an open and sunny site. Fork over a wide area of ground, then dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the roots of your fruit bush.

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Step 2

Tip plenty of garden compost into the hole and fork it deep into the soil.

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Step 3

Sprinkle a handful of fertiliser in the hole and fork it into the soil.

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Step 4

Spread the roots of the blackcurrant bush out evenly across the hole area, teasing them out carefully.

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Step 5

Fill in around the roots with soil, firming it down with your foot as you go, to remove any air pockets.

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Step 6

Water the plant in well, soaking the area to help settle the soil down around the plant’s roots.

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Step 7

Prune all the shoots right back to encourage new growth from below soil level.

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Step 8

By summer the bush will have formed plenty of new shoots that will carry fruit the following summer.

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