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Growing Currants

Growing Currants

Ben Sarek Black Currant



Currants are hardy, productive fruiting shrubs. Its fruit is high vitamin C content and excellent for juice, desserts, jam, and jelly. Varieties are available in red, white, and black-fruited types and are hardy in zones 3 to 7.

How To Plant

Store bare root plants in a cool place out of direct sun until ready to plant. Can hydrate by soaking roots in water for 2 to 3 hours before planting. Plant outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Loosen the soil 12 to 18 inches deep and wide enough to fit all the roots. Add compost or other organic matter to loosened soil. Trim off damaged or broken roots, and spread roots out evenly without bending. Plant so that roots are slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.


For full sun to partly shaded sites. Prefers a cool climate and moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Benefits from mulching and afternoon shade in hot climates. Self-fruitful, but may produce more fruit when at least 2 different varieties are planted together.

Currents need annual pruning in late winter to early spring to keep them productive and vigorous. Remove weak or crowded canes and those 4 or more years old. These early spring-blooming plants can be damaged by late frosts.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Benefits from yearly fertilization. Use ALGOplus Flowering Plant 4-6-7 liquid fertilizer, Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1, or Osmocote slow-release 14-14-14.

Common Problems

Currants are easy-to-grow plants that usually don't suffer from serious pest and disease problems. Occasionally cane borer, aphid, and currant worm attack plants. Powdery mildew disease may infect plants. White pine blister rust disease was once a concern, but the varieties that we offer are strongly resistant to this disease.

Alternative Products

Gooseberryjostaberry, and aronia are other hardy fruiting shrubs. 

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting to protect fruit from being eaten by birds. Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew can be used to treat insect problems. Powdery mildew can be controlled with 70% neem oil.

Currant Facts

Currants are related to gooseberries. Due to import restrictions, we cannot ship currants to the following states:  AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, ID, MI, ME, MA, MT, NC, NH, NJ, MN, RI, WA, or WV.



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