Blackcurrant

Ribes nigrum 'Ben Connan' (PBR)

Blackcurrant - Ribes nigrum  'Ben Connan' (PBR)

Common Name: Blackcurrant
Genus: Ribes
Species: nigrum
Cultivar: 'Ben Connan' (PBR)

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 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




A small to medium sized shrub that shows good resistance to mildew and is very frost tolerant so excellent for growing in colder areas. It produces exceptionally large fruit that have a superb rich flavour from mid-July and an established plant produce up to 3.6kg (8lb). A very popular variety.

  • 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 prune out weak branches only.

  • Goes well with: Malus domestica 'Discovery' Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey Ribes uva-crispa var. reclinatum 'Invicta' Ribes rubrum 'Laxton's Number one' Rubus idaeus 'Autumn Bliss' Rubus fruticosus 'Oregon Thornless'.


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