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Currants

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Easy to care for, almost undemanding as far as garden soil is concerned, hardy and bearing abundant, tasty and healthy fruit: when you buy currant plants, you are making a good choice.

   
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Blackcurrant with red leaves Black'n'Red® Premiere

The first currant with ornamental, red leaves

£20.40 *

Bloodcurrant 'Pulborough Scarlet'

Ribes sanguineum 'Pulborough Scarlet', an uncomplicated plant with beautiful autumn...

£14.90 *

Bloodcurrant King Edward VII

Ribes sanguineum - a robust, red-flowering shrub

£17.90 *

Bloodcurrant Koja

Ribes sanguineum 'Koja' ist an uncomplicated beauty; also for small gardens

£14.90 *

Cassissima® Black Marble

The giant of the biggest

From £9.40 *

Cassissima® Blackbells®

The variety with the most beautiful and longest strings

From £9.40 *

Cassissima® Greenlife

Green currants!

£17.90 *

Cassissima® Late Night®

Blackcurrant flavour, even in August

£17.90 *

Cassissima® Neva®

The most beautiful blackcurrant from Lubera

From £8.40 *

Cassissima® Nimue®

The compact blackcurrant

From £8.40 *

Cassissima® Noiroma®

Highly tolerant to mildew; a currant for enjoying fresh

From £8.40 *

Cassissima® Standard Noiroma®

Blackcurrant: Lots of sugar and less of cassis

£21.40 *

   
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More useful information about Currants

Not only children love the tempting shrubs and fruit hedges with their delicious light, red or black strings of fruit, especially since the rather pressure-sensitive berries are hardly ever found in the supermarket. You, as an home gardener, have an invaluable advantage here, as the currant plants and high-stem currants can grow right outside your front door and the rich harvest moves right from your hand to your mouth (and if you buy high-stem currants you won't even have to bend down). Don't forget the extremely high vitamin C content and the other healthy constituents that make currants a super fruit.

Buy currant plants from the Lubera® Garden Shop

If a self-catering garden is what you desire, it is highly recommended that you grow white and blackcurrants in addition to the red ones. Especially the black varieties, also known as cassis, are excellent for making delicious fruit spreads and juices, while the red and white berries are particularly suitable for eating fresh. Thanks to the new Lubera® varieties, however, this ratio has changed somewhat:

Blackcurrants, in particular, have gained incredible size, flesh, texture and sugar and have become veritable snack fruits.

 

Johannisbeeren kaufen DessertIn addition to their versatility, currant plants are highly valued in the home garden, especially for their early and regular yields. Even if you buy several types, the shrubs or high-stems (standards) do not require a lot of space (and also little care) and can therefore also be grown in a somewhat smaller garden or on a sunny terrace - 1m distance is enough. If you decide on one of our high-yielding berry standards, the fruits grow almost all the way up and are wonderfully bite-sized and can be picked in passing. We also offer red, white and black varieties of the high-stemmed berries for sale. The pink currant Rosa Sport, the Jostaberry which is a cross between cassis and gooseberry, the green currant, which is actually an albino variety of the black currant, complete the large assortment. For the very latest innovation, we are currently introducing the first cassis variety with red leaves to the range: Black'n'Red® Premiere. And don't forget the moreberries, where we offer two different varieties of currant in one pot, as one bush.

Currant plants: the improved home garden varieties by Lubera®

Perhaps you have noticed on this page that the majority of our light, red and dark berry varieties are marked with the Lubera® breeding logo in the top right-hand corner of the preview picture? Yes, all of our red currant varieties (except Rosa Sport and the green currant) are from Lubera® breeding, meaning that we have created these varieties ourselves. As always, we have applied the criteria for home gardening and bred better tasting and easier to cultivate varieties with higher resistance and robustness and, in the case of the currants, with larger fruits if possible. Larger fruits are desirable in the case of red and blackcurrants, above all because this improves the ratio of fruit flesh to seeds and because a berry can transport more taste, more juice and more experience...You will, therefore, benefit from our state-of-the-art range of currant plants, which have been specially bred and selected to meet the needs of hobby gardeners. The blackcurrant varieties of the berry bushes bred by Lubera® are always awarded the family name Cassissima®, the currants from the Lubera® cultivation are called Ribest® currants.

Interesting facts

Currant plants belong to the genus Ribes together with gooseberries. This name also explains designations such as currants or ribiseli, which are common in Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland. There, however, one also finds Meertrübeli or Trübeli as currant names. But even with berries, names are only hollow words. The important thing is that the berries taste good. And that is what the many varieties carefully cultivated at Lubera do. Currants can be used as jelly, in delicious berry compositions or as a spice and decoration. Of course, there are also some recipes for currants in liquid form. Famous is the Kir, which is used as a cassis liqueur in wine and sparkling wine mixed drinks with Kir or Kir Royal. Of course, the berries are healthy, as they contain many vitamins. Blackcurrants also contain antioxidants which help to contain free radicals. 

Buy currants - what to consider when choosing

So how do you go about choosing the best varieties and the right types of currant plants for your garden? Finally, when browsing through the assortment and before buying, you should ask yourself the following questions:

What colour should the fruit be? Do you want to buy blackcurrants, red currants, white currants, or even pink or green currants? Of course, taste preferences also play a role. Do you love the fruity and refreshing flavour of the red currants or do you prefer the special aroma of the black currants?

Do you want a standard or berry bush? Which currant plant shape fits better in my garden? Do I prefer the elegant and easy to harvest standard plant or the high-yielding shrub?

Ripening time: mid-June or very late varieties that ripen in August? With the choice of varieties you can also avoid the holiday season! You want to harvest when you are at home. Very early varieties include Ribest® Babette®, Cassissima® Nimue® and the Moreberries®.

Flavour: very sweet berries like Nimue or Noiroma for blackcurrants or Susette for red currants? Or rather high-yielding sour varieties such as Late Night in the case of blackcurrants and Sonette in the case of red currants?

Where should the bushes and standards be planted?

The number of shrubs or standards, depending on whether you want to produce just a little snack or also jam and frozen fruit (as vitamin reserves for the winter). Of course, if you buy several currant plants, you can also mix the colours...

In our well-filled currants dossier, we have already provided you with a large number of interesting advice articles on this, including a number of other topics.

Buy currants: what size would you like...

In the Lubera® plant shop we offer three different sizes:

Strong plants in a 5 L pot: this is, so to speak, our standard size, the currant bush here is 2-3 years old and strong, and will already produce a few strings in the first year; in the 2nd and 3rd year it will bring a full yield.

Large Luberissima® plants in a 15 L pots: these currant plants are already 4-5 years old and give the currant buyer a full yield immediately. They are especially suitable for container cultivation and for rather impatient currant fans who want to harvest immediately.

We also offer young plants in 1.3 L pots: these young currant plants are suitable for larger plantings and also if, for example, you want to use the young planting material for spindle training right from the start. However, these plants are only one year old and will only be able to deliver larger yields in two years and more.

Requirements in terms of location and soil

Compared to the other known soft fruit varieties, currants are the least demanding in terms of climate and soil. The best harvest yields are achieved when you buy currants and place them in a soil that is as low in lime but deep as possible, rich in organic matter and with an average pH between 6 and 7. Since the wood of the bushes is extremely frost-resistant, cultivation is also possible without any problems at altitudes above 1,400 metres. However, currant plants are sensitive to persistent late frosts during the flowering period in the spring from March onwards. In principle, the sunnier they are, the richer they will bear fruit at harvest time and the higher the content of health-promoting ingredients such as fruit acid, vitamin C and pectin in the berries, which are then also particularly aromatic. In endangered locations, it is better to choose from our late-flowering varieties, and if space in the home garden is somewhat limited, the shrubs will also develop excellently in a semi-shady location - for example as a border hedge or under an already somewhat older fruit tree. When buying currants, please bear in mind that the shrubs will grow to considerable sizes after only a few years. We have summarised some examples of selected varieties in an overview.

Autumn or winter - when is the best planting time?

As our currant plants are strong container plants with very robust potted root balls, there are no restrictions, at least in theory, as far as planting time is concerned. Except, of course, for the winter months with severe ground frost, which makes it impossible to dig up the soil to plant the bushes anyway. From a botanical point of view, the best time for planting is during the autumn months, as the shrubs now have enough time until the onset of winter to develop sufficient new feeder roots and stable side and bottom shoots, which will later be an essential basis for maximum harvest yields. On the other hand, our experience shows that allotment gardeners use their work-free time in the winter very intensively for planning new garden projects, so that they can put them into action as soon as the first rays of sunshine begin to appear in March. And since you can buy currant plants from February to December in the Lubera shop, spring planting is, of course, no problem either.

Planting

Regardless of the time of year, the amount of work required for planting young shrubs is quite manageable if the following steps are taken:

At the intended location, a planting pit is first prepared, which must be approximately twice the size of the pot ball.

Whether a shrub or standard, if the plant is to grow perfectly, quickly and safely, the root ball must be torn open before planting, as this is the only way the fine feeder roots will find a stable hold in the soil in a short time. Some customers who buy currants are sometimes confused by this only apparent violence so that our managing director Markus Kobelt has documented the exact procedure in a video.

Video: How to plant a currant bush

In the case of shrubs, the depth of the prepared planting pit must be such that the upper part of the root ball can be filled with garden soil to a depth of approximately five to ten centimetres after insertion. If the planting is intended as a spindle or triangular hedge, planting is carried out flush, i.e. at the same level as the garden soil.

It's a good idea to think about the right slow-release fertiliser when you buy currants because before you first water the plants it is advisable to add one or two measuring spoons per bush. This will provide the plants with strengthening nutrients and trace elements.

Important care work in the gardening year

Water: as these shrubs are shallow-rooting currant plants that do not grow very deep into the soil, regular watering is, so to speak, obligatory. On hot summer days, it is best to use the morning hours and water only the root area if possible. The leaves inside the shrub and the strings themselves should remain as dry as possible, which considerably reduces the risk of plant diseases.

Fertiliser: in addition to the initial fertiliser just mentioned when planting in autumn, a second round of fertiliser can be applied at the end of February and another at the end of April. Our Frutilizer slow release fertiliser is simply spread according to the dosage instructions and then carefully worked into the garden soil with a rake. Alternatively, traditional organic fertilisers such as compost, manure or horn shavings can be used.  If you buy currants from us, these cultivation instructions are included in your delivery free of charge.

Pruning

As with most fruit plants, regular pruning of currant plants can maintain the health of the plant and thus increase the yield. The desired growth form of the currant determines the pruning. 

Raising the currant as a standard

Pruning the currant plant is easiest when it is raised as a standard plant. The base shoots and shoots can be cut off without problems. Always remove dead branches from the crown, which is already formed when the standard is purchased. If the main branches become too long, they can be shortened to 2 - 4 eyes. 

Raising the currant as a shrub

With a currant bush, it is important to reduce the number of shoots. This improves the incidence of light and reduces the risk of fungal diseases. When cutting in late winter or early spring, the weakest shoots are removed and the 4 to 6 strongest shoots are left standing. Very old shoots are also removed, making room for young shoots. The currant bush has a total of 7 to 10 shoots in full yield. 

Training to a 3-branch hedge

The 3-branch hedge has the advantage of optimal development of the shoots in a dense hedge. Already during planting, only the three strongest shoots are left standing, so that an inverted triangle, i.e. a V-shape is created. The middle shoot usually has the best fruiting wood. When pruning, too long and too steep side shoots are removed or shortened. Shoots under 50 cm are shortened completely and removed like old shoots.

White, red or black - which currants are worth buying?

There can only be one answer here: all of them and as many of them as possible. Not only does such a diverse ensemble of colours contribute to the attractiveness of the garden in terms of its appearance, but the most diverse flavours of our berry varieties are also very popular and the respectable harvest of the easy to care for shrubs is also impressive year after year. Whether a strong young currant plant in a 1.3-litre container or as a robust and perennial shrub (5-litre container), when you buy from Lubera, you have several options for growing the shrubs and standard plants. The variety ranges from the decorative single plant, such as the large, fruity and early ripening Ribest® Babette® which you can simply snack off when passing by, to the decorative hedge trellis, with which a very elegant and natural boundary from the neighbouring property can be achieved. For the somewhat different and in any case more beautiful fencing or as a discreet privacy screen, our large, fruity, early and white Ribest® Blanchette® is just as suitable as the red Ribest® Decorette®, which is crowned internally by Lubera as a beauty queen, each of which can grow up to 1.60 metres high into your garden canopy. If you want to grow your berry hedge a few centimetres higher, the black Cassissima® standard Noiroma® is a perfect choice. It has a particularly high sugar content and only a subtle cassis aroma. If there is an acute shortage of space or complicated terrain, you can buy currants from us that we have grown especially for container planting. In addition to our aromatic red currant Ribest® Susette® and the black Cassissima® Noiroma®, which is particularly suitable for fresh enjoyment, we recommend the multi-coloured moreberry varieties, which are very popular with balcony and terrace owners and can be grown excellently in a pot as a red-white or black-green duo: in the place of one currant you get two, so to speak!

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