Blackcurrant 'Big Ben'

Blackcurrant - Blackcurrant  'Big Ben'

Common Name: Blackcurrant
Genus: Blackcurrant
Cultivar: 'Big Ben'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Edible fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained
Harvest: July & August

This blackcurrant can produce a bumper crop of up to 9kg (20lbs) on mature bushes. The huge fruits are more than double the size of your regular blackcurrant and as the sugar/acid balance is just right; they have an outstandingly delicious taste. They have soft shiny skins and are particularly high in anthocyanins which is a natural antioxidant.

  • Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Remove all weeds and dig in plenty of well-rotted manure in to the area. Once planted apply a mulch of well-rotted manure every spring as well as a nitrogen and potassium fertiliser. Make sure the plant is watered in dry weather and net the bushes to protect the fruit from birds. In the first year prune back to one bud above soil level in winter. After that only prune out weak branches.

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