Blackberry Ribes 'Little Black Sugar' black

Ribes rubrum 'Little Black Sugar'

Blackberry Ribes 'Little Black Sugar' black

Ribes rubrum 'Little Black Sugar'
Sweet and healthy
Extra cool: Grow your own berries in the garden. Make delicious juice or jam from the blackberry 'Little Black Sugar' (Ribes nigrum). The berries are large and have a lovely sweet taste. And they are full of vitamins and minerals. The fruit bush blossoms in the spring. With small, inconspicuous flowers. A crop will be ready to harvest from summer onwards in the second year after planting.
Prune the shrub in winter, but not when it is freezing. Completely cut away two to three older branches every year. This stimulates the production of new shoots that give the best fruit. Sufficient light is needed to ensure good growth. The fruit shrub grows best in the sun. It's best to give it extra water during dry spells.

If you buy deciduous shrubs in autumn they might not be looking quite as beautiful as usual. The big benefit of planting shrubs in autumn is that by spring they will be well rooted in the garden and ready to burst into growth.
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Specifications:
Latin name: Ribes rubrum 'Little Black Sugar'
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Black
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: Yes
Edible: Yes
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Harvesting: July - August
Flowering: April - May
Growing Height: 150 cm
Planting distance: 100 - 150 cm
Planting+

These plants like light soil that has good drainage and is rich in humus. The results will be even better if a handful of enriched potting soil is added. Choose a sunny or partially sheltered position where the plants will be less exposed to frost. Make sure the root balls are well-moistened before planting the currant bushes by soaking them in a bucket of lukewarm water. Prepare a suitable hole and plant the bushes at the appropriate depth. The top of the root balls should be slightly below ground level. Don't plant them too deep! Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Spacing between the bushes is approximately one metre.

Currant in a large planter

Did you know you can easily grow redcurrants in a large planter on the patio or decking? Standard redcurrant bushes are slightly smaller so rather obviously better suited to a planter but, your 'normal' redcurrant bush can also be potted up without problem.
Do choose a nice sturdy planter. Layer the base with potsherds or even a couple of bricks for weight then fill about 2/3rds with potting compost with some added sand and normal garden soil. Remove the redcurrant bush from its nursery pot and plant it with the roots spread out a little. Fill up with more of the same potting compost. Press well in. Leave a good 4 cm space from top of soil to the edge of the pot, for watering. Water generously then stand your large planter with redcurrant bush in a nice sunny spot.

Care+

Currant bushes are very easy-to-grow. During dry periods water more often. In the spring, give them some potassium-rich garden fertilizer. After three years, you can prune all of its branches by 1/3rd. It is also possible to train the branches down with wires. To protect against the birds from eating the buds it is advisable to put a netting over the bush.

Currants in the winter

All currant bushes are perfectly hardy and will easily get through the winter even without extra protection. However, they are somewhat more sensitive to frost if in a pot or planter and if the winter is particularly severer, it won't hurt to store your bush in a sheltered spot - even an unheated shed for a short while.

Extra+

What is more delicious in summer than the taste of currants that are full of vitamins!

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