RIBES nigrum Ben Hope Blackcurrant Bushes for Sale
Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Ben Hope is a vigorous and upright-growing bush variety producing consistently high yields of medium sized currants with good sensory qualities. The currants are high in quality and hang on long strigs. Ben Hope has a high level of resistance to gall mite and good resistance to both mildew, leaf spot and big bud. Particularly suitable for growing organically. Eventual height and spread: 1½m (5ft). Cropping season: July/August (approximately 10 days later than Ben Lomond). Self fertile. This product is supplied in a 3L pot but is not necessarily pot grown.
3 litre stock will be supplied pot grown where possible.
Bare root stock is available for dispatch between late October & late March. Orders can be placed in advance at any time, just bear in mind that payment will be taken in full at time of ordering.
Plant 1.5m (5ft) apart in rows 2m (6ft) apart.
Plant in a sheltered frost-free spot in a slightly acid, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.
Soak the root-ball before planting. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root-ball or pot. Mix and organic soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Water regularly until established.
Best fruit is produced on previous year’s branches. Cut back all shoots to within 2-3 buds of soil level after planting. In the third year cut weak and damaged shoots. From year 3 cut back third of the older branches. Apply a general fertilizer in spring.