Red Currant

(Ribes rubrum)

Full Sun to Part Shade. tart red pea sized berries, height to 4′, self fertile

Unknown variety, given to us by a friend, probably ‘Red Lake’ or ‘Cherry Red’.   We have found red currants to be slightly less vigorous than black currants or jostaberries.   They seem to have a little more trouble coping with the hot summer temperatures in our area, a good reason to give them some afternoon shade.   They are pretty little plants when the red berries are ripe, like strings of ruby pearls cascading down from everywhere on the plant.   Berries are very tart, with a mild fruity flavor and nearly no sweetness—great for edible garnishes, baked goods and jellies.   Plants are much shorter (3’ tall) than black currants.   Can take some shade.   Space 2’-3’ apart in row. Self fertile. . .

3″ pots $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

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