Horticultural aide memoire No. 41: Plant blackcurrants
The blackcurrant is a straightforward creature to cultivate, ideally in a fruit cage to hinder the competition for its fruits. Incorporate plenty of well-rotted organic matter in the topsoil before planting. Plant thecrown a little below ground level, as it’s best grown as a stool rather than on a leg. After planting, steel yourself and cut all the canes down to just above ground level. Hoe the surrounding soil and apply a mulch. Adjacent bushes should be planted not less than 5ft away: this is a big shrub and you’ll need room to walk between them once the canes have grown.