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Ribes Genus

Currant

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Ribes genus (Currant). There are about 150 species of evergreen and deciduous, ornamental and fruiting shrubs. The berries are mostly edible and are either white, scarlet, purple, green or black. They have long arching stems, with lobed mid-green leaves. They produce a mass of yellow, red or pink blossoms appearing in late winter or early spring.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Evergreens, Shrubs

Origin

S. America

Interest and use

Grown for their edible fruits (currants and gooseberries) or their bird attracting flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies.

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy and will need moist, rich soil with full sun to semi-shade. Cut out some older shoots after flowering and prune straggly, old plants hard in winter or early spring.

Propagation

Take hardwood cuttings in winter for the deciduous species and increase evergreens by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Leaf spot, honey fungus and aphids may attack foliage.

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