Currant – White Pearl

$17.40

Has abundant clusters of translucent, sweet fruit on compact shrubs. The berries make a delicious, shimmering jelly, but their juicy, sweet flesh and can be eaten fresh as well. Plants are extremely hardy and are best grown in cooler climates. This compact, mounding, deciduous shrub grows clusters of greenish-yellow flowers followed by pendant clusters of currants with a pink blush.

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Description

Botanical name
Ribes rubrum ‘White Pearl’

Family
Grossulariaceae

Spacing
Plant 1.2-1.8 m (4-6′) apart.

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

Requirements
Prefers organically rich well-drained soil, medium moisture with a pH of 6-6.8. Chose a site with partial shade to full sun.

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
July

Season
Perennial