The art of pruning blackcurrants
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.