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Ribes rubrum 'White Grape' (W) AGM

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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

White in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

whitecurrant 'White Grape'

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

'White Grape' is a whitecurrant for culinary or dessert useto 2.5m in height. Flowers insignificant, pale green ; fruit white in mid season, borne on long strigs

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow as a permanent framework as a bush, standard, cordon or fan. Keep area around clear of other plants. Mulch with well rotted compost, manure or bark particularly on dry soils

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Main pruning in dormant season; also summer pruning of vigorous laterals

Pests

Can get aphids, scale insects and sawflies

Diseases

No particular resistance or susceptibility to powdery mildews