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Ribes nigrum 'Ben Sarek' (B)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible) or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Green in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Black in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

blackcurrant 'Ben Sarek'

Family

Grossulariaceae


Ribes can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes spiny, with simple, usually palmately lobed leaves and small tubular or bell-shaped, solitary or racemose flowers borne in spring or summer, followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries

'Ben Sarek' is a compact blackcurrant for culinary or dessert use, to 1.5m in height. Flowers insignificant, pale green; fruit black, mid season

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow as a stooled bush. Mulch with well rotted manure or compost. Add a general fertilizer and additional nitrogen if necessary

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Renewal pruning in the dormant season

Pests

Can get gall mites, gall midges and aphids and reversion

Diseases

Resistant to powdery mildews