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Blackcurrant Ben Tirran


Ribes nigrum Ben Tirran

Very late cropping, excellent for extending the season

A vigorous yet compact variety, easy to grow with an abundance of purple-black fruit that ripens in late summer. The flavour is tart, and ideal for cooking.


Ideal where space is limited, it performs particularly well after a cold winter, so is great for colder areas of the UK. Best in full sun in a sheltered spot.


Happy in any well-drained garden soil. Add homemade garden compost or well rotted manure to the soil before planting. Water well during dry periods. In winter apply a mulch of compost and cut out older stems, leaving the young stems which will carry fruit the following year.

Ben Tirran is a modern Scottish hybrid blackcurrant first introduced in 1990.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 125 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 110 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting July - September
Cropping August - September

Typically available

From March to September