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Redcurrant Red Lake

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Ribes rubrum Red Lake

Great for deserts

A vigorous bushy, upright shrub which flowers in spring and is followed by a cascade of small, bright red fruit in summer that are sweet, juicy and delicious.

Where?

Happy in a sunny sheltered spot, if space is limited plant it in a border with shrubs and perennials.

How?

Enjoys a rich, moist, well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Prune each winter to a framework of strong branches.

A tried and trusted redcurrant from the University of Minnesota in 1933 with juicy berries that are great for jellies, jams and summer puddings, as well as for making juices.

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 March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 130 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay, 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 June - July
Cropping July - July

Typically available

From March to September