Bred in the U.K. Blackcurrant Ben Hope has a high resistance to the 'big bud' mite, rust, mildew and leaf spot making this variety particularly suitable for bio-friendly amateur gardeners. This Blackcurrant bush is tall, upright and vigorous and produces heavy crops of medium sized, outstanding quality berries on long strigs that ripen mid July.
Blackcurrants prefer a rich soil containing plenty of humus and a high nitrogen content. They have the reputation for doing well on slightly heavier soils, but that does not mean that they can be grown on badly-drained clay soils. Shelter from east winds at the time of blossoming is important because pollinating insects will fly freely only in a sheltered situation.
These bushes start to bear fruit in the second year following planting. If well managed, they should last at least eight years before needing to be replaced. The introduction of new blackcurrant varieties that are heavy yielding and resistant to frost and diseases now makes growing this fruit very worthwhile.
- Blackcurrant bushes should be planted 1.5m (5ft) apart in rows
- Bushes will bear fruit the second year following planting
- Heavy crops of outstanding quality berries ripen in mid July
- Available for despatch late November - late March
- Supplied as 40cm bare root stock