Get the best out of your berries

Some vi­tal tips on keep­ing your fruit plants go­ing

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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

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