How to grow redcurrants and whitecurrants
Plant pot-grown bare root redcurrant and whitecurrant bushes with at least four evenly spaced branches. Space 100-150cm apart.
Choose well-drained, fertile soil in sunny or part-shaded, sheltered site.
Water and mulch your currant bushes. Reduce the length of the main stems by half in the second year. Cut side shoots to one bud and shorten the main shoots.
Harvesting and using redcurrants and whitecurrants
Pick currants when full coloured and ripe, but still firm. Remove whole trusses ('strigs') rather than individual fruit.
Tips on growing redcurrants and whitecurrants
- You can grow red currants and white currants as 'fan' shape or 'cordon'.
- Cover plants with netting to protect from birds.