Friday, 21 November 2014

Growing compact Blackcurrants

Blackcurrants do not have to be grown in the conventional manner, and with today's moire confined spaces and smaller gardens the compact variety Ben Sarek not only cam into it's own, it also gave rise to an entirely new way of growing Blackcurrants.
Because Ben Sarek is naturally compact it can be grown at a much higher density than standard varieties. With a spacing of just 2.5' between bushes, and a natural height of around 3.5' this heavy cropping variety will easily form a low, easily maintained and harvested 'hedge'. Pruning consists of taking out the fruited canes in winter but this need't bee too thorough, as long as a proportion are removed there will be a plentiful supply of new growths for next years fruiting.
Ben Sarek is mildew and frost resistant; it can also be grown in 15" containers.

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