How to Plant a Black Currant Bush

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

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide
Ripe Black Currants Packed with Vitamins

Ripe Black Currants Packed with Vitamins

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

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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

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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

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

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