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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Red-flowering currant

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Flowering currants (Ribes sanguineum) are easy-care shrubs and set impressive accents in any utility, ornamental or farmer's garden - whether as a decorative hedge to the neighbouring property, or as ornamental berry bushes that can be excellently planted with all kinds of spring flowers, such as daffodils, or in a decorative pot on the terrace.

   
 
Bloodcurrant 'Pulborough Scarlet'

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Bloodcurrant King Edward VII

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More information about flowering currants

Flowering currants develop blue-black fruits and originate from the western regions of North America, where they can be found from Northern California to British Columbia at altitudes of up to 2000 meters. They arrived in Europe in the middle of the 19th century - since then they have been highly valued there as particularly early-growing ornamental shrubs. The Ribes sanguineum shrubs are very hardy and resistant to mildew (American gooseberry mildew).

 

Ribes sanguineum in the Lubera® plant store

Discover your favourite in our Lubera assortment! Here is a short description of three varieties:

Flowering currant 'Pulborough Scarlet':

  • Final height and width (cm): 200 to 300 and 100 to 160
  • Flowering time: early April to end of May
  • Flower colour: pink

Flowering currant 'Koja':

  • Final height and width (cm): 100 to 160 or 60 to 100, low-growing, hemispherical shrub
  • Flowering time: early April to end of May
  • Flower colour: dark pink

Flowering currant 'King Edward VII':

  • Final height and width (cm): 180 to 200 or 160 to 180, compact growth
  • Flowering time: early April to early May
  • Flower colour: cherry red

Can you eat flowering currants?Flowering currant Lubera

The small blue-black berries of the Ribes sanguineum are available for snacking from July and, if the weather is fine, this ornamental shrub even bears an amazing amount of fruit. Sooner or later it will be chirped around in the nearby bird circles that there is something particularly tasty to be found in your garden. If you prefer to use your own flowering currants, you should definitely pick them in time. They taste very fruity as a topping on a yeast cake and are also suitable as an addition to delicious jam, which can be cooked together with other types of fruit.
Contrary to what you might read here and there, the fruits are in no way harmful to children's health, as long as the daily amount of ripe berries eaten does not exceed their weight, which could certainly lead to flatulence... Unfortunately, the freshly eaten berries do not correspond to the taste of red currants and they do not have any cassis aroma. They seem rather empty, so that they are not fresh, but only processed and used in the kitchen in a mixture with other fruits - if you don't leave them to your feathered friends from the beginning.

Lubera® breeding is working on new flowering currants

Lubera also has a breeding project for flowering currants. We are currently assessing the seedlings for resistance, growth and flower quality and, above all, selecting a group of varieties with very different flowering times. Last year we also started to evaluate the fruits by tasting, but we found clear differences from (well) 'quite inedible' to 'ok edible'.

The ideal soil in the right location

The garden soil should not be too heavy for Ribes sanguineum, sandy and well-drained soils would be perfect. As these have shallow roots, which tend to dry out quickly during long periods of heat, the soil must be moist, but without allowing rain or watering water to accumulate over a long period. As far as the pH value is concerned, it should be in the middle range between slightly acidic to alkaline (approx. 6-7.5) - not only during planting but also in the following years of growth. Equally important: Make sure that your garden soil, on which the flowering currants should grow, is at least moderately rich in nutrients. Regular application of fertiliser, as well as compost, ensures that the ornamental plants develop well from the roots to the formation of new and healthy shoots.
Like most other soft fruit bushes, Ribes sanguineum shrubs also prefer to grow in a sunny and somewhat shady location. While morning and evening sun are no problem at all, a shady tree or house wall would be ideal for the ornamental shrubs, especially during the summer midday heat from flowering.

Planting

Since we already deliver very vigorously trained two to three-year-old container plants to our customers, Ribes sanguineum shrubs can be planted in your soil during the frost-free period throughout the year. And even if you don't even look at them at first, the bushes can grow between 150 and 300 centimetres high after just a few years, depending on the variety chosen, and grow almost 200 centimetres wide. Our flowering currant ‘Koja’ with its ideal dimensions of 150 x 100 (cm height and width) is particularly suitable for the smallest mini gardens and balconies. It is therefore essential that the bushes are planted at a sufficient distance from each other so that the shoots do not grow into each other later.
First of all, a sufficiently large planting hole is needed, which should be at least twice the size of the root ball of the shrubs. If the soil is poor in nutrients, dig a little deeper so that at least another layer of mature compost about 10 to 15 centimetres high fits into the bottom of the hole. Before planting the plants, we recommend tearing open the roots of the pot ball of your Ribes sanguineum with a garden claw or similar tool all around. This loosening allows the fine roots to spread better in the soil and they will find a quicker hold for growing. If you would like to grow them as a shrub, the upper part of the root should now be covered with a layer of soil about five to eight centimetres thick, spindle plants and aesthetical plants should be set a little higher so that the basal shoot formation of flowering currants is prevented or at least becomes less strong.
Before you water the shrubs thoroughly for the first time, it is best to give them a good watering rim around the entire root area.

Watering 

This may be a rule of thumb: the root network should never dry out for several days, which is especially important in the first year after replanting. It is best to use stale rainwater for watering, which should not be poured on the leaves, flowers or fruit, as the plant can supply itself with a precisely adjusted amount of moisture from the root.

Fertilising

Depending on the specific soil conditions on-site, it should be sufficient to get the black currants a little bit on their toes at the beginning of the vegetation period with a high-quality slow-release fertilizer. We recommend using our ‘Frutilizer® Seasonal Fertilizer Plus’, which has proven itself over many years and which contains 20 to 40 grams per square metre. This prevents possible symptoms of fatigue, encourages the plant to form new, load-bearing shoots and at the same time stimulates a lush flowering of the shrubs.

Pruning

The purpose of a regular pruning is to remove old and no longer supporting wood and to prevent the shrubs from growing too densely on the inside so that enough light can reach the somewhat hidden shoots and the upper part of the plant can dry off as quickly as possible after long rain showers. In practice, it has been shown that Ribes sanguineum in particular age relatively quickly and have a tendency to certain flowering laziness. The pruning technique differs only slightly from traditional currants and is mainly aimed at removing the woody and older branches and allowing the young shoots to grow back. Although it is unlikely to cause permanent damage to the shrubs by cutting too rough, we have summarized the one-time-one of currant cutting in a detailed guide for our customers in the garden book. These instructions also apply in principle to the flowering currants.

The appropriate time for cutting

Since the main purpose of Ribes sanguineum is to decorate, they can also be cut just after flowering, as there is no risk of losing too many flowers through spring pruning. But the cutting of the oldest branches must be done just after flowering and should be accompanied by a fertiliser boost to stimulate the plants to vegetative growth. Very good is a compost application after flowering, whereby the 5cm thick compost layer is quickly worked in with a hoe. We recommend adding some mineral, nitrogenous fertiliser or horn meal.
 

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