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Ribes nigrum 'Ben Connan' PBR (B) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

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 Connan'

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 Connan' is a culinary cultivar with large fruit of excellent flavour on medium long strigs. It produces heavy crops early in the season and has a compact habit

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow as a multi-stemmed bush in a soil enriched with well-rotted manure or compost. Tolerates a range of soils including slightly alkaline ones. Add a balanced general fertiliser and additional nitrogen in spring

Soil

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

Propagation

propagate by hardwood cuttings in the dormant season

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Prune blackcurrants when dormant – from late autumn to late winter. Fruit forms on young wood, so when pruning aim to remove older wood, leaving the young shoots

Pests

Blackcurrants are susceptible to gall mites, gall midges, scale insects, aphids and reversion

Diseases

Has resistance to American gooseberry mildew