A couple of years ago, I bought this plant as a tiny £2 twig from a well known food supermarket - it's now about 3 feet tall! This is an aspect of gardening that I've come to love; buying small and watching the plant develop. We no longer have a budget for this 'community' garden so all purchases are made from my pocket. I don't mind as the rewards are endless but it does focus my eye on a bargain.
I'm growing it as an upright cordon as it had to be planted in quite a confined space. I've cut back new shoots growing from the base and mulched in the spring. I'll prune again at the beginning of winter to cut out any new shoots and again back to two buds in spring. Now that I know this works, I may well put another currant in. I'd quite like a pink one next!
|Slowly starting to ripen in the weekend sunshine.|
NB. Redcurrants are grown like gooseberries rather than blackcurrants. If you fancy having a go, the RHS has an excellent guide on growing redcurrants here.
☺ *Pectin is the stuff you need to get a good set in jam making. Apologies if you know this already. I imagine most of you will.