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Blackcurrant 'Ben Connan' Ribes nigrum

Blackcurrant 'Ben Connan' Ribes nigrum

Stuart McIntyre

Regular price £12.00 Sale

Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), the Ben Connan is a very popular early fruiting variety. The plant produces exceptionally large and glossy black currants that have a superb rich flavour. 

Perfect for small spaces, this neat compact grower bears fruit on medium length strigs, making them easy to pick. It is a heavy cropper that usually out-yields all other varieties in trials. The branches often weigh down with fruit, but return to upright position after harvest. 

This variety is resistant to mildew, leaf spot and highly resistant to leaf-curling midge. It is also very frost tolerant, making it ideal for growing in colder climes. 

Characteristics

Species - nigrum
Variety - Ben Connan
Cropping Season - Early July
Planting Distance - 1.2m (4ft)

Height - 1
m
Spread - 1m

Grow against a fence or wall for support in well-drained but moist, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade.

When planting ensure the root ball is moist before planting. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root ball or pot. Mix soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Water regularly until established. Fruit is produced on the previous year's stems. Tie in the new shoot - these will flower and fruit in the second year. Cut away the older stems and replace them with new vigorous shoots. Cut back damaged shoots in late winter and apply a general fertiliser.

Your plants will be picked and packed carefully to ensure they arrive to your door alive and fresh. Please unpack orders as soon as possible.

During the "Available Season - March to August" we aim to deliver all orders between Tuesday and Friday. According to our stock availability orders might be placed on hold until plants are in a suitable condition to be sent or in case you have placed an order out of Available Season. We will keep you informed via email about a delivery date.

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