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Currant standards

Currant standardsCurrant standards grow at the same eye level as the gardener - their shiny, juicy fruits tempt the eye and palate just an arm's length away.

   
 
Currant Standard Ribest® Blanchette®

White currant: a large-fruited, early variety

From £17.40 *

Currant Standard Ribest® Violette®

Red currant: the latest variety, large-fruited variety

£19.40 *

   
 

More useful information about Currant standards

Ultimately, a currant standard plant is a back-friendly and perhaps even human-friendly variant of the currant bush. No more bending and groaning at the upcoming work, be it pruning or harvesting; just stretch out your hand and you have the longed-for fruits in your hand. What's more: they are quite simply very beautiful and decorative in the flowering period and later with the fruits, which are first green and then, after the colour change, red, black and white. I would have trouble naming a flowering shrub or a small ornamental tree that could compete with a standard currant. In the Lubera® Plant Shop you will find the best currant varieties for the standard shape: robust and healthy, with long strings and thick berries
 

Buy currant standards - in the Lubera® Plant Shop

We have deliberately selected the most suitable varieties for the standard form of the currants here in the Lubera® Plant Shop. The red currant standard Lisette® convinces with its overall characteristics: the largest berries of all Lubera® currant varieties, extremely good plant health and above all the beautiful foliage after harvesting, when other varieties are already slowly losing their leaves.

The other red standard variety, Violette®, has the latest ripening time of all currants, and we have selected this variety in the standard assortment because you can enjoy the decorative aspect of the red fruits in the crown for almost two months before the harvest in August. One of the main advantages of the high-stem currants is certainly the ornamental value, which is much greater than with currant bushes. Ribest® Blanchette®, the white-fruited currant is the earliest variety in the assortment and convinces with its mild, even sweet taste. Finally, the blackcurrant standard Cassissima® Nimue® offers the sweetest fruits of all the standard varieties, while Cassissima® Noiroma® offers the best cassis aroma...You are sure to find your favourite fruit in this exquisite range! And what could be better than buying a standard currant? Plant it, harvest it and enjoy it! In the Lubera® shop you can buy the right variety, and in the following instructions, we will give you the knowledge you need for growing it.

Standards need (almost) no space

The lack of space that is always present in many gardens (I don't have any more space, everything is full) is no reason not to plant a standard variety. Its trunk only needs 5 cm² and the shadow cast by the compact crown is negligible and changes constantly with the position of the sun. This means that you can plant currant standards anywhere - even as a second storey above a bed.

Currant standards bear fruit very quickly!

We not only sell our own, home-grown, more robust growth and better-tasting currant standards, but we also produce them ourselves. Our currant standards are 2 or 3 years old when sold, they are planted in 5 L pots, have a stem of about 80 cm in height and at this height a crown with the first fruit branches. Usually, currant standards, planted in the spring, bear the first fruits in the first year. If they are planted from August onwards, the first harvest can be expected the following year, in less than 12 months. An exception is sometimes the Violette® currant standard, which needs a little more time to set, and in 50% of cases it does not bear fruit until the second year. But Ribest® Violette® has the unbeatable advantage of the late-ripening time, i.e. that for nearly two months one can enjoy the changing colour and later on the shiny fruits that get even more darker red before harvesting and enjoying them...

Easy for the hobby gardener

A currant standard is a very simple plant for the home gardener: easy to plant, easy to cut and easy to harvest. However, in nursery production, it is quite complex. It consists of a root and stem part on which, at a height of about 80 cm, the actual variety, the Ribest® currant, is grafted. As both root and trunk parts, a special variety of the golden currant Ribes aureum is usually chosen, which provides the necessary growth, forms a beautiful and as smooth as possible trunk and also makes few roots and side shoots.

Currant standard

Picture: Grafting place between the trunk former Ribes aureum and the currant variety

 

When to plant a currant standard?

Since we produce and offer all our currant standards in pots, they can be planted at any time. The best months are February to May in the spring (in order to get the first trial fruits right away) and then again from August onwards. The newly produced plants will grow in your garden immediately and bear the first fruits the following year.

Planting a high-stem currant - the most important tips

Planting a high-stem currant is very easy - but it is still worthwhile to follow the most important tips:

1) Make the planting pit big enough

The planting pit may well be twice to three times the size of the pot. After all, the fresh roots should find a pleasant new home.

2) Drive a strong pole into the planting pit

The easiest way to do this is to drive a strong pole that will hold the standard into the open planting pit: you need to drive it in less deep, and you can then position the standard in exactly the right place when planting.

3) Tear open the root ball, tearing strongly

This tip is very important for all plants and should never be forgotten. The torn up and spread out roots allow the plant a good and trouble-free start in its new soil home.

4) Slow release fertiliser with Frutilizer Seasonal Fertiliser Plus

We recommend adding approx. 30-40 g of Frutilizer® Seasonal Fertiliser Plus or another 6-month slow-release fertiliser to the planting pit together with the replenisher soil. In this way, the growing plant is regularly supplied with additional growth strength until it is better able to send its roots out to forage for the food itself...

5) Plant currant standards high

Currant standards should not be planted deep but high, i.e. the root ball of the delivered standard plant should only be slightly covered with topsoil. This is to prevent too many root shoots and base shoots of the stem variety from developing from the stem planted too deep.

6) Improve the potting soil if necessary

If your garden is new, if the soil is heavy and if it is still not really refined with manure and compost, then it is worth adding about 10% compost or 20% Fruitful Soil No. 2 when planting. Please mix the compost and the planting soil well with the topsoil.

7) Water freshly planted currant standards

Of course, watering should not be forgotten...It helps to ensure that the root balls and torn open roots lie richly in the new soil and can start growing immediately. By the way, watering doesn't just mean watering, but actually flooding in!

8) Tying the stem and crown

Finally, the trunk should be tied to the pole in 1-2 places, preferably with a stretchy plastic tube or similar, which cannot grow into the trunk later. Attention: at the top, tie the crown to the pole as well. This ensures that in the case of a very heavy and large harvest, which multiplies the weight of the crown, it cannot suddenly break off at the grafting point.

Enjoying the currants

Well - and then you just wait for the harvest, almost like in the land of plenty, where the fruits literally grow into your mouth. Currant standards are usually more robust than bushes, as they are airier and the leaves and fruit always dry quickly. Currant standards usually bear fruit in the first year.

Pruning

Pruning a currant standard is the same as that of the currant bushes, only one storey higher. Ultimately, the aim is to remove old wood that has been removed and to encourage the plant to grow new wood again for the best fruit quality. Every year, at least 2-3 of the oldest branches should be removed right into the crown. If this is not done and the crown of the trunk is only cut back into a round shape on the outside, the old wood in the middle of the crown will age more and more, and the trunk will eventually only bear on the periphery of the crown. After a few years, it can even happen that some old branches wither completely. So: cut fresh and cheerful and gripping and cut out 3 and 4-year-old shoots completely. In addition, the ground shoots and side shoots that sometimes appear on the trunk should be removed regularly. But thanks to the grafting of the currant standards to 'Ribes aureum' there is relatively little such additional work. By the way, in the Lubera online gardening book, you will find a detailed article about pruning a currant standard.

Can you also produce a currant standard yourself?

In principle, it is possible to separate a currant bush on one branch, cut off all other branches as far as possible underground, pull up the remaining trunk on a pole or bamboo pole and then achieve a crown at the top at a height of 60-100 cm. However, since all currants have basal growth, i.e. the tendency to sprout new shoots at the bottom, again and again, this form of training is an eternal struggle, one has to remove the basic shoots every year. These grafted currants, which we sell exclusively, form a smooth trunk and sprout only very few side branches and root shoots.

As a bee pasture

One should not forget that currants in general and the airy, floating currant standards, in particular, are also a very good bee pasture. Currants offer a lot of pollen and are regularly visited by bees and bumblebees. Interesting for the insect world is also the early flowering period when the flowering is not yet very abundant.

Containers or pots

If I had to recommend a shape or variety of currants for cultivation in a pot or container, it would certainly be the standard shape. Currant standards clearly have an ornamental value, they look very good on the patio and in the sitting area from the time of flowering to before the harvest of the coloured berries. And yet they don't need too much space. They represent a second planting level, so to speak, as the fruit-bearing crowns are enthroned at a height of 1 m above all other potted plants.

Use

Take advantage of their ornamental value, their elegance and their extremely small space requirement! In a mixed border or in a herb bed, standards also look particularly good and give your garden a new dimension. Years ago we had a bed in our private garden, in which my wife combined rose standards and currants in various colours - red, white, yellow and black - above perennials and low bushes to the delight of the bees, currant lovers in the household and passers-by.

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