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Climbing blackcurrant and climbing raspberry autumn bliss

Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
edited April 2019 in Fruit & veg
I bought  a blackcurrant climbing plant and a raspberry autumn bliss climbing plant has anyone grown these types and how do they do climbing. 


  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,903
    I'm not sure I've ever seen these described as climbing plants in the way I think of climbers.

    However, I think I've seen blackcurrants trained against a wall - possibly espaliered - so it may be worth Googling espalier and wall training for blackcurrants.

    Similarly, I can't think of a reason why you couldn't train an autumn fruiting raspberry to a wall or fence. People do grow them in large pots as well and train them around canes.

    Does that help at all?
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,861
    Have just looked up the varieties you bought and neither appear as climbers. A blackcurrant is a bush that can be trained against a wall or frame, and the variety of raspberry you have are canes that need to be tied to a wall or fence. Both need training as neither will do this naturally.  Hope this helps.
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,673
    I grow autumn bliss they are on the small side and not a heavy cropper but very tasty all the same. They don't seem prone to disease or pest and need a minimum amount of support when fully grown especially if in a windy situation.
  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    I picked these up as a spontaneous buy as they said climbing and never heard of that I already bought blackcurrant months back and same with raspberry, I was just looking at the info on plants and the blackcurrant grows to 1 metre that's like any blackcurrant and the raspberry grows to 1.5 metres so I think it's a case of taking them back in the morning and informing them of there error, slightly let down as I was just praising morrisons on there variaty of plants. 
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,062
    I don’t know about the blackcurrant, but I have one Autumn Bliss and it doesn’t need much support, as Barry said, but it does send out suckers that pop up everywhere so I think it would be tricky to try and contain it against a wall as a climber. They are called ‘bushes’ for a reason, so the description of it as a climber is pretty misleading I would say!
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    Nipped out and took photos 
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,062
    Ben CONNAN (note spelling) is a blackcurrant bush known for its compact habit 🙄. Never heard of a CONAN, wasn't that the barbarian?
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    The way it's looking I think it's all a spelling mistake  :D
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