Blackcurrents

High in vitamin C

Able to withstand frosts.  Don’t mind a wet environment.

Like conditions similar to blueberries.

Deciduous. Easily grown from cuttings

Important to prune every year.  Prune to allow good air circulation and spur new growth

Fruit on 2 year old wood so when pruning leave most new growth an done year old stems to carry the crop

ideal cutting 30cm long, slanted cut on base and one third pushed into good garden soil.

Shallow root system

likes horse poo

Generally modern plants resistant to leafspot.  However two spotted mite, botrytis and leafhoppers could be a problem.

Fruiting times vary according to variety

Each bush should yield a two litre ice cream container

Freeze well.