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    Default Blackcurrants in a dryish area ?

    Have a sort of strip of ground about 2mtr long, it is however a bit sheltered from rain, also a bit sheltered from where I can get at it to water easily.

    Any idea how well a few blackcurrant bushes would get on?

    Ground is fairly good, not heavy, possibly a bit too well draining. Suppose if it retained moisture more then I would be asking.

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    I have blackcurrants in a very dry stoney bed and they seem to do fine. The soil is not what you could call good and when I say stoney I mean so bad that it is difficult to dig.

    Bumper crop this year, so much that I have given loads away.
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    I have 2 big blackcurrant bushes - one is in the open in the middle of a field and the other is in a dry area under a big tree whose roots take most of the moisture. Strangely we get tastier fruit from this bush than the other one, we don't get as much fruit but it is made up for by the flavour.
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    For whatever reason I had the impression that they were a bit more tolerant. Just the position sort of lends itself to something like blackcurrants, if they do not mind the slight dryness.

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    Mine is growing on a south facing slope in very, very poor clay soil. After the first year of care, it now gets one liquid feed and one mulch of compost per year. Delicious fruit, although not as copious as the one my mother lovingly tends!

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    Mine are right in the center of the garden in full sun the driest bit, soil like solid sandy concrete with stones in, it never gets wet from the rain, they seem to grow fine, I tend to water every day in hot weather to get more shoot growth but they are fine without.

    Its that dry the soil is like a mud brick and cracked around the plants, they seem to cope well

    I had to water very well every day for the first month to get them established as it was so hot and the roots had not grown.
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    I have several blackcurrants next to the fence, planted in very well drained sandy soil. On the other side of that fence is a small forest of sumachs that the neighbours love for some reason. They are evil, aggressive spreading shrubs/trees without any redeeming features that will take over the entire neighbourhood if you let them, but despite the well drained soil and intense root competition the blackcurrants survive and give (possibly slightly reduced) yields of fruit so far.

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    Kirk.

    Would you be able to gather the harvest from the bush ?

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