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.

©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

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.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

©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.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Sow and Plant Fruiting Vegetables

Large leaves, golden flowers and heavy yields make squashes, zucchini and cucumbers ideal plants for productive pots.

How to Plant in Gardening Containers

To ensure that plants in gardening containers grow and perform as well as possible, you need to plant them properly.

How to Plant Bare Root Fruit

Bare root plants often establish more quickly than container-grown, giving gardens an instant boost of life.

How to Plant a Currant Bush

Like glittering rubies, red currants ripen on the bush from midsummer.

How to Plant a Cactus Container Garden

Yee-haw! Turn a container into a desert landscape by filling it with prickly cacti and other succulent plants. 

How to Plant a Cactus Container Garden

Yee-haw! Turn a container into a desert landscape by filling it with prickly cacti and other succulent plants.

How to Plant a Kitchen Herb Garden

Have some extra space in your yard or garden? Plant a fresh and simple herb garden only steps away from the kitchen.

How to Plant an Herb Container Garden

Herbs have been grown all over the world for centuries for their flavor and healthful benefits. Learn how to plant an herb container garden.

How to Plant a Poppy Container Garden

Learn how to plant a container garden for various types of poppies with this step-by-step gardening guide.