Currant – Consort

$20.00

This European black currant was bred and selected in Canada for immunity to white pine blister rust.  Clusters of medium-sized fruit mature in June on a compact 1.2-1.5 m (4-5′) bush. Europeans love its assertive flavour. Will grow and fruit in full shade.   The upright bushes make a lovely fruiting hedge. These currants are the cassis commercially sold in soda, juice, wine, liquor or concentrate. Zones 4-7.

 

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Description

Botanical name
Ribes nigrum ‘Consort’

Family
Grossulariaceae

Spacing
Plant 1.5 m (5′) apart.

Depth
Dig a hole deeper and wider than the root ball.

Requirements
Prefers rich, fertile soil with a pH of 6.2-6.5. Chose a site with partial shade to full sun, but will grow and fruit in full shade.

Pests
Scale, cane borer, aphids, powdery mildew, white pine blister rust (avoid planting near white pines)

Timing
Best time to plant is September to early October, or April to early May.

Growing
Pinch off flowers the first year to establish a strong root and cane. Adequate watering, weed prevention and regular pruning are key.

Harvest
June or July

Season
Perennial