Spring Garden Tips

Currant

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Botanical Name

Ribes

Hardiness

Zones 3 or 4 (a few in 2) to 8

Height

4 to 6 feet

Width

2 feet plus

Flowers

Small greenish yellow to purple

Fruit

Small, round; red, white, white with pink blush, yellow, green or black

Fall Color

Yellow

Light

Full sun to partial shade

Soil

Moist, well-drained

Planting and Care

Currants, especially the black, are banned in some communities. Check before planting.

Grow in a cool location with good air circulation to reduce disease problems.

Problems

Powdery mildew, anthracnose, leaf spot, aphids, borers, stem girdlers

Varieties to Consider

Rovada - red fruit

Blanka - white fruit

Consort, Crusader, and Titania - blister rust resistant black currants

Did You Know

Currants and gooseberries are an alternative host for white pine blister rust. This disease can be devastating to white pine plantations and lead to the banning of these and gooseberries in the early 1900’s. Some communities have maintained the ban.

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