How to Plant a Black Currant Bush

Follow this step-by-step guide on how to plant these small, succulent fruit bushes. 

Ripe Black Currants Packed with Vitamins

Ripe Black Currants Packed with Vitamins

The black currant is a fruit bearing shrub. The fruits are round, black, aromatic, and a slightly sour taste. Black currant fruits can also be consumed in form of syrup, jelly, jam, fruit jelly, marmalade or liqueur.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • black currant plant
  • shovel
  • garden compost
  • watering can or garden hose

Step 1: Prepare Ground

Dig Hole Deeper than Black Currant Root Ball

Dig Hole Deeper than Black Currant Root Ball

Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the black currant root ball, and spread the roots out when planting. Set each plant deeper than it was previously. Deep planting encourages young, vigorous shoots to develop from the base.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dig a hole deeper than the root ball is tall, and shovel in some well-rotted garden compost into the base.

Step 2: Stool Plant

Stooling Black Currant Bush to Check for Depth

Stooling Black Currant Bush to Check for Depth

Set each black currant plant deeper than it was previously, so it develops into a multi stemmed well stooled bush. Deep planting encourages young, vigorous shoots to develop from the base.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Check the level, and ensure the crown of the plant is positioned in the hole below the soil surface. This is referred to as "stooling."

Step 3: Backfill Hole

Backfill Hole with Soil Around New Planted Bush

Backfill Hole with Soil Around New Planted Bush

Put the black currant bush in the center of the hole and gradually fill with soil, and firming around the base of the plant. Water and finish by spreading a layer of well rotted manure over the root area of each plant.

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Backfill the hole with soil, and water the plant in well. New stems will develop from below soil level. Gooseberries can also be planted this way.