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Stephanie newish gardenerStephanie newish gardener Aberdeenshire/Moray coastPosts: 453

Hi

I bought a blackcurrant obejyn from the factory shop the other day and won't be planting it until next weekend - my kitchen garden book suggests it's ok to plant in the winter.

It is in some dry material, looks like coir compost, wrapped in polythene and then in a cardboard sleeve. Thinking I was helping it I gave it a drop of water and have put it at the top of our (indoor) basement steps near a sheltered north facing window so it is cool but not in sun. 

I'm now not sure if should have watered it, so would appreciate thoughts on that.

Also I think I should acclimatise it before planting, so is next weekend ambitious? 

It has some lovely buds on it, none yet open

Thanks for any hints 

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  • They are swedes, I do think they can withstand the cold outdoors. image And if the leaves hasn't come yet, you don't need to acclimatise. 

    Last edited: 11 February 2018 12:00:51

  • Stephanie newish gardenerStephanie newish gardener Aberdeenshire/Moray coastPosts: 453
    Fire Lily says:

    They are swedes, I do think they can withstand the cold outdoors. image And if the leaves hasn't come yet, you don't need to acclimatise. 

    Last edited: 11 February 2018 12:00:51

    See original post

     For a minute there I thought you meant the veg, lol. Good to know re absence of leaves tho! image

  • Stephanie newish gardener says:

     For a minute there I thought you meant the veg, lol. Good to know re absence of leaves tho! image

    See original post

     Hahahaha! Well, the swedes are called swedes by you because they actually are swedes. We call them either kålrot, rabba, kålrabba, kålraps or rotabagge depending on where in Sweden you are from. 

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,427

    Hi Stephanie - you did right to make the coir compost damp; the only harm that could come to your dormant bush would be if the roots dry out.  If you're not ready to plant it yet, you could "heel it in" in a bare bit of soil - dig a hole, pop the plant in up to its former soil level and cover up the roots.  It'll be fine like that until conditions are right for you to plant it properly - as long as you plant it before the buds start opening into leaves.

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
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