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- 24-01-2010, 09:00 PM #1
black currants, what varieties and how to plant.
Hi want to add some blackcurrants to my fruit beds, what varieties do you suggest and how to plant/grow/site.
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- 25-01-2010, 11:00 AM #2
My favourite, for size of fruit and for flavour, is Ben Sarek. There are lots of Bens - Ben Conan is another. I've never given them any particular special treatment - bang em in and give them some manure if you can get it. If you get one plant, they come easily from cuttings.Whoever plants a garden believes in the future.
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- 25-01-2010, 06:59 PM #3
Thank you. MiffyxWhen weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown
- 25-01-2010, 08:23 PM #4Cropper
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Ben Sarek for me as well. Fantastic crops of good sized fruit. Don't plant them too shallow. If anything put them a bit deeper than you think they should go, ie. a couple of inches deeper than the old soil line. They do like plenty of organic matter around them so bung plenty of well rotted muck in the hole.
- 26-01-2010, 06:42 PM #5Rooter
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I grow both Ben Sarek and Ben Connan. Last year I planted Ebony, and from my first few berries, I think that it is better than the other two as it is not so bitter.
- 27-01-2010, 06:20 PM #6Germinator
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Ben Sarek and Ben Connan are both very good varieties - they are tried and tested and have been around for a while now. Big Ben however is a new variety and has superior flavour. The fruits are very large and sweet and can be eaten fresh. Its also resistant to mildew. I haven't tasted Ebony but I understand that it is also sweet.
As Solway Cropper says, plant them a bit deeper than the old soil line - on shallow soils it is best to plant at an angle of 45 degrees. Also, immediately after planting prune back to within two buds or 1 inch of ground level. This might seem like a shame but you need to do this in order to get a good framework.
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- 27-01-2010, 08:52 PM #7
I have four different types of blackcurrant but I think it was Ben Sarek that really performed for me.
So much so that it's the only one I've taken cuttings from!My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)
Diversify & prosper!
I have Ben Lomond and Ben Connan growing, as they where the only ones my local garden centre stocked. Both have quite a sharp flavour.
I have been looking for Big Ben as I understand they are very large and sweet to taste?
- 28-01-2010, 08:01 PM #9
Thank you for all your advice will let you know what i decide to get and how i get on.When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown
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