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Thread: ‘Possible’ problems with my black currant tree

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    PisaArteest is offline Germinator
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    Post ‘Possible’ problems with my black currant tree

    Hi,

    I’d just like to start off by saying, I’m a complete novice with plants, and by novice, I mean, I walked into a garden centre with the in laws to look at fish and walked out with a black currant tree.

    Now to my problem, which I’m not sure is a problem, maybe a completely natural thing..

    My tree has grown a white fuzz at the bottom and part of it’s just snapped off. If I can enclose a picture after typing the description i will.

    Also, my leaves are dying. I’m not sure why? I’m not over watering I don’t think

    Any help on what it could be would be appreciated, and if there’s any remedies, that’d be even better

    Thanks


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    nickdub is offline Early Fruiter
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    The green plants in your pot are weeds - if you look at the stems of the balckurrant bush you will see the leaves on that are a different shape, they also smell differently if bruised.

    Its going to be a struggle to grow blackcurrant successfully in a pot for any length of time I think, as they like heavy feeding and quite a lot of water, but I'll let others advise further on that, as I haven't tried it myself.

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    As Nickdub says, only the bottom picture is Blackcurrant. It doesn't look too bad - mine have a bit of curl at the moment in this dry weather, including the one that self-seeded in my patio (in the cracks).
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    Squingy is online now Seedling
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    To add to the above, definitely rip out the little weeds at the bottom, they'll just suck nutrients from your bush. The white stuff on the weeds looks like mould which you don't want to spread to other plants.

    Your bush doesn't look bad. Like nickdub said, they are iffy in pots and need enough water and fertiliser when fruiting.

    You made me smile remembering how I started with one little plant and now I'm a plant maniac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    Its going to be a struggle to grow blackcurrant successfully in a pot for any length of time I think, as they like heavy feeding and quite a lot of water, but I'll let others advise further on that, as I haven't tried it myself.
    Correct. I did try it for two years because when we moved here there was no free space in the garden (It was terribly overgrown as previous owner never trimmed anything ever!)

    I would not advise growing soft fruit in containers, even one day missed watering in summer will have them wilting and falling down, and if you miss three days it's goodbye bush, and they need lots more feeding and at the end of the day (well end of season ) you will never get a decent size crop.
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    Photos 1 and 2 are weeds, get rid of them.
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    Plus one to what everyone else has said, your blackcurrant looks fine but, you are also growing rosebay willow herb which has mildew on it in your pot. Remove it by pulling at the base of the stem, the whole lot will come out easily.
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    PisaArteest is offline Germinator
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    Thank you all for your replies, as it was apparently a struggle to grow in pots, I transferred it to my father in laws garden and the black currant bush is now flourishing.
    I’m sticking to basics for now, got some Moroccan mint growing and bought a small 4 tier growhouse for some chillis.
    Let’s see how I get on with these, I may venture back into the world of fruit sometime 
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