Get the best out of your berries
Some vital tips on keeping your fruit plants going
Planting and siting
Get bare-root plants from specialists now, which will establish better than potted ones bought in spring. Give each fruit bush enough room to branch out – about 1-1.5m (3¼-5ft), or give each a large pot to grow into. Currants like a sunny spot in shelter, but red and white ones don’t mind shade too, although their fruit will be less sweet. They grow in most well-drained soils (but blueberries need acidic soil) and all thrive after a spring mulch. When planting, incorporate a heap of well-rotted manure or compost as well as a handful of bonemeal to set off your plants well.
Pruning time’s from late autumn through winter, when bushes are dormant
Blackcurrants needs old wood pruning out
Bonemeal promotes strong rooting