Redcurrants

Family: Grossulariaceae

Countries: Belgium, England, Europe, France, Germany, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom, Wales

Redcurrants or Ribes rubrum, as is their botanical name, are easy to grow shrubs, which produce delicious edible fruits that ripen during the summertime.  The time of ripening depends on the redcurrant cultivar you choose to grow, as well as the location where you’re growing your redcurrant plant.  To stager your harvest, you could grow an early fruiting redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Junifer’ or ‘Jonkheer Van Tets’, a mid season ripening redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Red Lake’, and a late season ripening redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Red Start’ or ‘Rovada’.

Redcurrant fruit last well on the plant, becoming ever sweeter as they age.  Their fruit are jewel-like, they look very decorative, making redcurrants a great choice of plant for a potager or decorative, ornamental garden, as well as for kitchen gardens.

Redcurrants can be grown as standards, fans, cordons, or bushes.  The eventual height of your redcurrant will depend on the cultivar you’ve chosen, and the growing and training method applied to your plant.  Redcurrants usually range from 1.2m (4ft) to 2m (6.5ft) in height.

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