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    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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    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.
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    Thank you. Miffyx
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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.

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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.

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    Hi Miffy

    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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    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!
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    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?

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