Currants - Red, White and Black - ShrubRibes rubrum
Snack on this ‘white pearl’
It’s just so lovely to be able to enjoy redcurrants in the summer. And they’re good for you too! These self-pollinating currant bushes can be grown anywhere and are very undemanding - will grow in any soil. Delicious berries for jams, adding to yoghurt or juicing! Pick them in July. Height supplied 40-60 cm.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreThese plants like light soil that has good drainage and is rich in humus. The results will be even better if a handful of enriched potting soil is added. Choose a sunny or partially sheltered position where the plants will be less exposed to frost. Make sure the root ball is well-moistened before planting Red Currant 'Jonkheer van Tets' by soaking it in a bucket of lukewarm water. Prepare a suitable hole and plant the 'Jonkheer van Tets' at the appropriate depth. The top of the root ball should be slightly below ground level. Don't plant it too deep! Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Spacing between the bushes is approximately one metre.
Currant in a large planterDid you know you can easily grow redcurrants in a large planter on the patio or decking? Standard redcurrant bushes are slightly smaller so rather obviously better suited to a planter but, your 'normal' redcurrant bush can also be potted up without problem.
Do choose a nice sturdy planter. Layer the base with potsherds or even a couple of bricks for weight then fill about 2/3rds with potting compost with some added sand and normal garden soil. Remove the redcurrant bush from its nursery pot and plant it with the roots spread out a little. Fill up with more of the same potting compost. Press well in. Leave a good 4 cm space from top of soil to the edge of the pot, for watering. Water generously then stand your large planter with redcurrant bush in a nice sunny spot.
Show moreRed Currant 'Jonkheer van Tets' are very easy-to-grow currant bushes. Water more frequently in periods of drought. In the spring, give them some potassium-rich fertiliser. After three years, prune all branches back to 1/3 in length. You could train the branches horizontally along wires. To protect from birds we advise netting your bush(es) because the birds really love the berries.
Currants in the winterAll currant bushes are perfectly hardy and will easily get through the winter even without extra protection. However, they are somewhat more sensitive to frost if in a pot or planter and if the winter is particularly severer, it won't hurt to store your bush in a sheltered spot - even an unheated shed for a short while.
Show moreWhat is more delicious in summer than the taste of currants that are full of vitamins!Ribes rubrum 'Jonkheer van Tets' is a delicious, red, fresh, sweet/tart berry that is just delightful in yoghurts or home made tarts. They are excellent for making jam and freeze well too.