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Ribes nigrum Ben Sarek

Easy to grow producing good quantities of fuit

A compact blackcurrant producing abundant shining fruit in ample bunches in summer. Easy to grow and hardy this is an ideal variety for a smaller garden and produces a good crop from just one plant. The fruit is sweet, juicy and full of flavour and can be eater from the bush, cooked and used to make preserves. It is rich in vitamin C. 


Plant in full sun or semi-shade in a corner of the vegetable garden, with other fruit bushes, in a fruit cage or grow with shrubs in the border. 


Any well drained fertile soil. Cut back the canes that have fruited after picking to encourage new shoots to develop.

Fresh blackcurrants picked from your garden make a delicious and healthy addition to breakfast cereals

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 Summer
Flowering April - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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

Typically available

From March to September