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    Can any one advise on how to prune my black currant? I bought a ‘tree’ like black currant bush from b&q last year I didn’t trim it at all in winter as didn’t know how where to cut it to. Also leaves have died back already is that normal?

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    I'm very surprised the leaves have died back already? I have several early fruiting bushes ( to extend the fruiting season) and they still have leaves.
    When you say "tree" do you mean a cordon?

    I have bushes. They are easy to prune. Black currants fruit on younger wood. So you are looking at keeping wood no older that 3 years old.
    Cut old wood out completely. To ground. Also cut spindly weak stems or any obvious crossing branches out.

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    What scarlet said.
    On a further note though, if your prunings are taken and can be kept about 9" or longer you can plant em and get more bushes. They are so easy to root. I often plant up pruned bits of my black currants, about 9" to a foot long piece of stem, in to any old soil just make sure there are 3 buds or more above the soil and at lease 2/3 of cutting in soil, they should root and take off no problem.

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    I think it’s best if I get a picture to explain the tree lol, I’ve never known them to be like this (which is why I purchased it) but could possibly be a little dark at the moment but I’ll try...

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    Here is the tree 🤣 the new shoots from this year haven’t grown more than a few inches from the middle of the ‘v’ part do I cut these and the big branches or what do I do?
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    Are you sure its a blackcurrant? Has it fruited?
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    Yeah it had only a handful of blackcurrants. It’s strange isn’t it?
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    Stranger than strange!!
    What would you like to do with it? Grow it tall, cordon it, or cut it back to the fork?
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