How to Plant a Currant Bush

Like glittering rubies, red currants ripen on the bush from midsummer.
Red Currants Ripen in Midsummer

Red Currants Ripen in Midsummer

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Learn how to plant and care for a currant bush in your home garden with this general guide. Currants add bright color to a fruit salad, or try mashing them to make fresh berry punch.

1. Getting Started
Buy a young currant bush and plant it in a large container or directly into the ground. Choose a sunny open spot with a little shade. After a year or two, if you look after your plant, red currants will grow in abundance year after year.

2. Spring and Summer Maintenance
In early spring, add a mulch of well-rotted compost to keep in the moisture and stop the weeds. Feed with a high-potash fertilizer. In summer, before the fruit ripens, cover the bush with a net to keep hungry birds away.

3. Take Cuttings in the Fall
Wait for this step until fall season, when plant is more established. Choose strong, straight stems with lots of buds, and trim into 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) lengths. Push into soil in a small pot, leaving a bit above the surface. Keep them moist, and in the spring they should start to grow.

4. Replant Your Cuttings
When the next fall season arrives, transfer your plants to individual pots. After four years, every winter, prune out two or three of the oldest branches.

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