Blackcurrant – Ben Lomond


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Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Ben Lomond is an upright strong grower with a compact habit which makes it ideal for growing in small gardens or containers. A reliable cropper of very large fruit of high quality that have an excellent sweet flavour and are full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and minerals. The fruit is produced in heavy clusters on short strigs allowing for easy picking. The currants freeze well and are idea for all purposes. Frost resistant due to late flowering. Resistant to mildew. Highly recommended variety. Eventual height and spread: 1½m (5ft). Cropping season: late July. Self fertile.

Plant 1.5m (5ft) apart in rows 2m (6ft) apart.

Plant in a sheltered frost-free spot in a slightly acid, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.

Soak the root-ball before planting. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root-ball or pot. Mix and organic soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Water regularly until established.

After Care:
Best fruit is produced on previous year’s branches. Cut back all shoots to within 2-3 buds of soil level after planting. In the third year cut weak and damaged shoots. From year 3 cut back third of the older branches. Apply a general fertilizer in spring.