Blackcurrant 'Ben Connan' Bush - Ribes Nigrum - 3L Pot
The 'Ben Connan' is a very heavy cropping modern Scottish variety. This compact bush bears glossy fruits of delicious flavour which have excellent disease resistance. The blackcurrants can be used to give a rich tart flavour, and are also delicious as a purée with yoghurt or ice cream. They can even be used in pies, jams or juices. These fruits freeze very well if you would like to keep some for future use. Late-blooming, from July to August.
- Flower Colour: pale green in spring
- Foliage Colour: green
- Approx. Growth Height: 1.5m
- Approx Spread: 1m - 1.5m
- Comes in a: 3L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Shrub is approx. 2 years old
- Flowering Period: spring
- Harvesting Period: late July - early August
- Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
- Growing Habit: bushy
- Self pollinating: yes
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves
- Hardiness: hardy
- Exposure: sheltered
- Rate of Growth: max. height in 2-5 years
- Scented: foliage is aromatic
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: partial shade, full sun
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
- Moisture: moist but well-drained, well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.
Blackcurrants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 6.0 - 7.5 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.
Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.
These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.