The art of prun­ing black­cur­rants

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

Tra­di­tion­ally, black­cur­rants are grown as canes from a woody ‘stool’ that sits just above ground level.

They fruit mostly on the pre­vi­ous sea­son’s wood. These de­velop as new shoots from ground level or shoots at the ends of older growth.

The idea is to re­move some of the older, darker wood each year so new shoots are stim­u­lated. • AT PLANT­ING, prune back hard, leav­ing one bud above ground.

ONCE es­tab­lished, prun­ing can be done any time after pick­ing fruit, or dur­ing win­ter.

RE­MOVE any dead ma­te­rial, low branches touch­ing the ground, or any that are over­crowded or dam­aged.

EACH year re­move one or two of the old­est branches at the base – these will be thick­est and have the dark­est wood – as no wood on the plant should be older than four years. • EACH win­ter cut out a few two-year y old shoots.

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