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LeifUKLeifUK Posts: 573

I have two Ben Lomand plants and the berries are mediocre, lacking tartness, not particularly sweet, but with a slightly unpleasant bitterness. It also take ages for the berries to go from black and not nice to black and okay. Has anyone else found this?

I planted a bare root Ben Hope this year, and the berries are slightly tart, and without bitterness i.e. much nicer. I will replace the Ben Lomand this year. Any suggestions? I prefer tart to sweet.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,771

    I have one called Ben Sarek and the fruits are large, juicy and quite tart. I have to beat the blackbirds to them!

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  • LeifUKLeifUK Posts: 573

    Thanks. That one is compact too, so ideal.

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    Birds go for your Black currants? I thought they only went for Red Currants. I have never lost any Black or White currants to birds. Local birds must be choosy because the only fruit they raid are Strawberries and Red currants.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,771

     My blackbirds love them image

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