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Ripening Blackcurrants on the bush

How to Grow Blackcurrants

How to Grow Blackcurrants is a step by step guide to show you how easy it is to grow your own blackcurrants so you can enjoy these tangy little berries in desserts and jam
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Janice Pattie


  • Spade
  • Watering can


  • 2 blackcurrant bushes bare root
  • 1/2 litre compost
  • 3 litre water


  • Plant bushes 1.5 metres apart in all directions.
  • Dig a hole wide enough to accommodate all the roots without bending them.
  • Plant the bush slightly deeper than they were in the nursery (you will see the mark on the stem).
  • Fill in around the bush with good soil mixed with a little compost.
  • Firm the soil with the heel of your boot.



To grow blackcurrants in a container: 
  • Repot your container-grown blackcurrant bush in a slightly larger pot every two or three years.
  • Repot when the plant is dormant in late winter.
  • Take the plant from the pot and trim back some of the roots and replace the soil.
  • Feed your container-grown plant with a liquid feed in the summer
  • In the Autumn (fall) surround the base of the plant with fresh compost or a general-purpose granular fertiliser.