Harvest by taking off each string; a strong pair of scissors helps. Pruning red and white currants Initial Pruning – Remove any suckers from the base of the plant. Do this in the winter when they are dormant. Grow redcurrants and whitecurrants in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Keep in mind that these bushes produce fruit on small spurs on older wood and also, more so with gooseberries, at the base of last year’s side-shoots. Redcurrants are a type of shrub that produce beautiful, red berries. You mention that you should keep the "leg" clear. New branches will then be formed. // -->, We may use cookies on this website. This should encourage bushing. | Privacy Currants grow in any moist, well manured soil that isn’t waterlogged. Blackcurrants are pruned in a similar way, but they fruit on wood that’s 1-2 years old, so any branches that are older than this can be removed. This year you can see how it performs, get to know the branches better and follow up pruning the side shoots next year. Ideally I would like to cut everything down, dig them up in the spring and start over properly. Prune the laterals on redcurrant cordons to 5 leaves, but don't cut Fruit do not need to be harvested as soon as they turn red, as they hold well on the plant. Red and White currants Ribes sativum. To keep the middle of the bush open, remove stems and branches that are congesting the centre of the bush and any others that are very close together or crossing each other (if they rub together they might allow canker into the wound). cutting back of the lateral growth along the main branches to the fruit Miscellaneous . Subsequent winter pruning will depend on on the growth made; shorten For bush-grown plants: cut all the side-shoots back to one to three buds from their base. 5 leaves, DO NOT shorten the leaders. Fig. A good, thick pair of gloves helps, along with a long-sleeve top. By pruning currant bushes you will increase yields of fruit, get bigger A These soft fruits are all pruned in the same way.. Black currant, red currant and white currant bushes all yield copious clusters of berries which are rich in vitamin C as well as having a high pectin content which makes them ideal for jams and jellies. White and red currants fruit on … Policy | Alive/fresh wood is bendy and won't snap so cleanly. Good strong plants as well. ", "I would like to move my gooseberry and blackcurrant bushes to one area of my allotment for next year. This part is harder as you’re removing healthy wood. Pruning currant bushes is an annual process that should be done when the bush is dormant. Peta , in SW France Or just a high pain threshold! Gooseberries, red and white currants can be grown either as bushes, or as upright cordons, which take up less space and can be planted closer together for a mixture of different varieties in a small garden. If you've seen any pests or beneficial insects in your garden in the past few days please report them to The Big Bug Hunt and help create a warning system to alert you when bugs are heading your way. Leave the cuttings until they're a year old and then start training it next year by removing the side branches that you don't want. The wood seems strong but has no green places. 18. I was researching whether I should pinch the top to force bushy growth, however, after reading the above and checking the cutting, I'm confused as what to do for the best. For blackcurrants, begin by removing as much of the old growth as possible, retaining just the younger shoots. red currant bush bears its fruit on spurs formed along Any ideas why no fruit two years in a row, after giving us bushels of berries the year before? R", "hi i have got a gooseberry bush that i planted last year its got lots of growth on it do i need to prune it back as no fruit this year", "This is a really good article on pruning and I have read a few. The e-mail does not appear to be correct. Gooseberries, red and white currants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer a moist well-drained soil. ", "Good luck for next year's gooseberry crop Christina! ", "Helen hi, yes, it would appear there's one leader and little else, looks like it's put all its efforts into growing tall rather than bushy, thank you for advice. Thx. How much do you recommend I prune this winter? The multiple branches of these small bushes produce a multitude of flowers that develop into small red berries. the the leading shoots of the  redcurrant bush to about 6 inches However, when I printed off your pruning instructions on Goosegogs, it was too small to read. If you have bushes that are grown on a single leg (which is probably up to 20 cms (8 inches) long before branching), you want to create and maintain a goblet shape. pH of 6 to 6.5 preferred. If you need help designing your vegetable garden, try our Vegetable Garden Planner. Finally, one more thing to bear in mind is the habit of the bush. that the young redcurrant bush is grown on a short leg and remains free Red currants are a bright red, small berry ideal for jams, jellies and desserts. It does seem strange that after producing so well there is now no fruit. I hate throwing plants etc away so yes I will indeed stick with it... with greenish fingers crossed! Hard pruning is best avoided, although extra-long, over-vigorous growth can be cut back by about a quarter immediately after harvesting. I am sure I saw this somewhere. Pruning has not given the result we hoped for. Remove branches that are too low and which will become entangled in any weeds that might shoot up when you’re not looking, or might rest the fruit on the ground. They were green and bush but no fruit – I did as advised and stuck with it By how much, would depend on how many places that side shoots might grow from around the stem, but by, say, one third. of the laterals when the fruit is about to colour will In a two year old bush cut each branch back halfway to an outside bud. If they are older than 10 years, which it sounds like they may well be, it's generally better to replace them and start again to ensure maximum vigour and plenty of fruit. Garden-Grower is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. 'stem" do you mean the part emerging from the ground-- or-- the parts of the plant that are growing to the sides (what i would call branches) out of the part of the plant that is emerging from the ground. I have both established and newly planted this year, bushes of both black and red currants. How do we go about pruning bushes that have been unpruned for many years? Either way, you’re aiming at a framework of up to ten main branches adorned with short spurs along the length of each. (If you have difficulty using this form, please use our Contact Form to send us your comment, along with the title of this article. ", "Hi Steve. thanks for your help :)", "Hi Debra. Wie planted our ribes in Nov 10, and trimmed the stems then and there. assist ripening and make picking easier. I suggest you go through the stages above. What is that exactly. I'm now at 15.5 cups, all in the freezer, waiting for some small batch processing. ", "Hi, Good article but I have just bought gooseberry and red currant bushes as young bare root plants recently!!!. I now have 4 gooseberries and a couple of whitecurrants which are stooled, between 3-5 years old. A until the framework of main branches is laid and, if the leaders areselected Red currants produce most fruit on two and three year old wood. You may also see suckers growing around the base of the plant. last couple of years not so good. White and red. Still, it has to be done if you’re not to end up with a tangle of unproductive branches and winter is just about the right time to get out the secateurs, although you can prune at any time during the plants’ dormant period, up until early spring. with care, a well-shaped redcurrant bush is formed. ", "Hi, Peta. These need to be cut back by half of the new growth from the past year.