Broersen Bulbs

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Growing guide

CURRANTS

SITUATION: Best grown in cool climates. They like a moist well drained soil enriched with plenty of well-rotted organic matter. Some complete fertiliser is beneficial, as currants are susceptible to potash deficiency.

TIME OF PLANTING: During winter months when plants are dormant. Space plants about 1 metre apart.

SUPPORTING THE PLANTS: Bushes can be tied to a wire trellis 80-100 cm high to make harvesting easier. Red and white currants can also be tied to stakes, or supported along a fence or a wall
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PRUNING RED AND WHITE CURRANTS: After the first season and each winter, prune back by about one third to a half and reduce length of side shoots. This encourages new fruiting side spurs to develop. Allow about 8 leading branches per bush to develop and remove all other branches. After the fourth season cut back one or two of the oldest fruitbearing shoots to the lowest new shoot. Red and white currants can also benefit from some pruning in summer. When the side shoots become woody and turn pale brown, cut them back to just above the third or fourth leaf.

PRUNING BLACK CURRANTS: Black currants produce their fruit on two year old wood, which is then pruned to encourage new shoots to develop. After the first year, prune back the weakest shoots in winter to one bud above the ground. Strong shoots can be left unpruned and will bear fruit in the next season. Allow eight to ten of the strongest shoots to develop per bush. In the second winter remove two or three of the two year old shoots, allowing new shoots to replace them. Each winter thereafter cut off the oldest, darkest coloured wood to make room for new growth.

GENERAL CARE: Water well during warmer months. Control aphids and caterpillars with an insecticide if necessary. When fruiting, watch for invading birds!



 

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