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Thread: Blackcurrant Spring Pruning Query - Newbie Questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by sugar View Post
    I'm a bit surprised by what I'm reading here. I prune my black currants by cutting back all old wood (I do this during the harvest). The fruit grows every year on the newly developed shoots.
    Maybe it's to do with climate, or variety (e.g. similar to autumn-fruiting raspberries or certain blackberry-raspberry hybrids)?

    My currants will probably flower in a few weeks. If they were cut to the ground there would be no growth able to flower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FB. View Post
    Maybe it's to do with climate, or variety (e.g. similar to autumn-fruiting raspberries or certain blackberry-raspberry hybrids)?

    My currants will probably flower in a few weeks. If they were cut to the ground there would be no growth able to flower.
    No, we cut them back during harvest, more precisely we cut of the branches when harvesting. makes it easier to collect the berries.

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    Thank you all for your advice and I am sorry for taking so long to reply. I realise I may have sparained the dynamic of my plants for this season and do my best and hope they have a more natural environment in the future.
    I bought the Harry Baker Fruit book recomended from ebay for 2.50 (!) donated some money at the same time ( a charity commision from you Aberdeenplotter) and have it now with me to read. I hadn't seen the great section on this site on Blackcurrant Growing until I had posted my query

    I will try and get some before and after pictures posted as my hobby progresses

    Thanks again!

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    Hi Kitzoey.

    I have two sources I treat as my bible on fruit growing. The first is the Harry Baker book I mentioned, the other is our fellow member FB who really isn't just the bible, more godlike in fact in my eyes.

    If you do decide to prune a few bits off your bushes, make a slit in the ground in an out of the way bit of your garden and pop the cuttings in there. This time next year, you will have some baby plants. They really are that easy to propagate.

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    Hi, I'd just like to say thank you for the advice - I bought the RHS book and had my first blackcurrants this summer

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    Wow. A response after a year and a half
    Well done with your berries
    It's a great book

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    Is nice to have a rounded 'end' to a post. Glad you had some berries too. I have 4 in pots outside on the plot and they do very well.

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