How To Grow Currants

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Have you ever tasted currants? If not, then you definitely must try them one of these days. We are already growing blackberries or strawberries and on our homestead. Yesterday afternoon I decided to do some research on how to grow currants and add them to our ever growing list of edibles.

What I love about currants is that unlike most other plants, they can actually grow in shaded areas and still produce fruit. Although I understand they produce more, in areas that receive full sun. There are quite a few varieties you can choose from, I think we will go for the black currants simply because they produce more fruit, and their leaves have medicinal benefits.

Growing Currants

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

The best time to plant your young bushes is in early Spring, just after the last frost. Prepare your soil with a nice thick compost and don’t forget to mulch your bushes. If growing in the shade, your plants will not need as much water as if they are in a sunny location.

Keep an eye out for aphids and white pine rust. Pruning your bushes is very important and should be done in late Winter, making sure to remove the older stems. Harvest time comes around early Summer i.e. late May or early June. Expect at least 2 pounds of fruit from red currant bushes and at least 4 pounds from black currant bushes.

You can get more information from the Tenth Acre Farm blog, here…

How To Grow Currants

You can watch the video below on growing currants…

You can watch the video below on grow black currants from seeds & cuttings…

You can watch the video below on how to cultivate currants in pots…

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