Big Ben' Blackcurrant Bush | Bare Root

Code: TR0600
Big Ben' Blackcurrant Bush | Bare Root

Delicious huge fruits

Big Ben’ is a great blackcurrant with many good qualities but one very special feature. The fruits are huge, far far larger than the fruits of other blackcurrants. Most blackcurrant berries weigh in at about 1.1g, but the average weight for a ‘Big Ben’ berry is 2.9g – that’s almost three times the size. The result is that each mature plant can produce 4.5kg (10lb) of fruit ripening about eight to ten days before the well known ‘Ben Lomond’. The fruit itself is delicious with a good, sharp flavour and is packed full of vitamin c. The fruits ripen around midsummer and the plant will thrive in a good sunny spot with moderately well drained soil.

Variety Information

Harvesting Period July-August
Estimated Time to Best Yields 2 Years
Uses Eating Fresh, Jam-Making, Cooking

Size Information

Supplied As Bare Root
Height on Arrival 40-60cm (1.3-2ft)
Planting Distance Unless a variety is a listed as compact 1.5m spacing is necessary. 1-1.5m
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions. 1.5m x 1.5m (5 x 5ft)
Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • 40cm Terracotta Fibrecotta Large Cube Planter
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  • 42cm Small Wooden Pine Raised Cube Planter
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Our soft fruit plants are carefully checked by our fruit nursery experts prior to despatch to ensure they are up to size and in perfect condition.

Larger orders are packed into specially made, extra thick cardboard boxes with innovative inserts that hold your plants in place to prevent any damage in transit.

Small orders for bare root plants are carefully wrapped and then sent in padded mail bags for delivery in the large letter postal service where there are no larger items capable of causing damage.

Key is to regularly water newly-planted bushes, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing (1-1.5m) between bushes.

With bare root plants, it's important to soak its roots in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with potted plants it is important to drench the rootball. With bare root plants, dig a hole so as to ensure its first roots are no more than 2 inches below ground level, while with containerised plants, ensure the pot sits no lower than an inch below ground.

Dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball. Fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Do not compress the soil. Give your plant a good watering. Add mulch on top whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould and stones. Make sure mulch doesn't touch the stem.

Blackcurrant plants are extremely easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: blackcurrant plants are native to the UK and will not suffer from frost damage.
  • Position: in the UK, the greatest barrier to successful fruiting is a lack of sunlight, so planting in full sun is recommended. Planting your bush in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting and allow it to put more resources into fruiting.
  • Soil Types: Soil types are best ignored and remain an unwelcome confusion. Every plant will adapt to its conditions. Having said that, less than ideal conditions will reduce growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, cause its roots to rot and create the perfect environment for many diseases.
 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.3/5 (7 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"See below.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Reviewed Saturday, 9 February 2019

Rating: 1/5

"I ordered this weeks ago and it still ain’t came"

Reviewed Monday, 29 October 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Excellent bushes in good condition"

Reviewed Thursday, 10 May 2018

Rating: 4/5

"Bare root so hard to tell how well it will do."

Reviewed Monday, 30 April 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Good healthy products, well packaged"

Reviewed Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Rating: 5/5

"See comments above. I have nothing more to add"

Reviewed Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Plant looks strong, healthy and in good condition."

Reviewed Thursday, 1 February 2018

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