Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Ben Sarek is an excellent early variety with a neat, compact growth habit making it ideal for growing in smaller gardens. Both vigorous and high yielding, producing heavy crops of very large glossy black currants that have a superb mouthwatering flavour and are of excellent quality. The fruit is produced on short strigs for easy picking, but can be harvested equally easily by simply shaking the laden branches. Due to its tendency to produce such large crops, the branches may need supported just prior to picking time. The fruit is ideal for all purposes and freezes well. Due to its compact growth, Sarek can be planted very close together so is perfect for creating a low growing hedge. In-bred frost resistance and also resistant to powdery mildew. Very highly recommended variety, considered by some to be the best garden variety in cultivation. Eventual height and spread: 1.2m (4ft). Cropping season: mid 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.
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.