Currant bushes

I have a blackcurrant and a redcurrant to plant on my allotment - clay soil and still rather sticky down here on the Somerset Levels after all our flooding.

I have read that you should cut the shoots down to three buds when you have planted them. Any advice on this? I have some manure to put round them after they are planted, as per what I have read.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,354

    Yes, that's the best way to plant a blackcurrent.  However, for the redcurrent, cut back any branches that are hanging less than 3" above the soil to the stem, and shorten all other branches by a third.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks, Bob.

    I shall get them in today while it's not raining - for once! Need some netting to stop the deer nibbling the buds as well, so I shall have to go to the garden centre.....

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