Blackcurrant pruning made easy

by Natasha Starkell | 23.04.2014 | 3 steps | easy | 10 - 20 Min. | Rating: 1 votes

Blackcurrants only fruit on younger shoots so make sure you prune your blackcurrant bush in winter to have plenty of berries for years to come.

If the divine sharpness of blackcurrants is just to your liking, growing these fruit bushes is definitely for you. Currants are relatively easy to grow and maintain, and they can produce bountiful crops year after year. However, like most fruit bushes and trees, you’ll have to pull out the secateurs now and then if you want to keep seeing those delectable and large harvests.

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Prune blackcurrant From November till February

Prune blackcurrant From November till February

Prune blackcurrant From November till February

Step 1

Prune blackcurrant From November till February

Blackcurrants should be pruned when they’re dormant. This occurs after fruiting, so you can prune your fruit bushes anytime from late autumn until January or February. 

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Pruning young blackcurrant plants

Pruning young blackcurrant plants

Pruning young blackcurrant plants

Step 2

Pruning young blackcurrant plants

For the first four years of your blackcurrant’s life, you should attempt to remove weak and spindly shoots. Most blackcurrants are grown as a bush, and it’s best to keep a maximum of 10 main stems at any one time.

Identify 10 main stems that will produce fruit. All the rest you will have to cut off. So take each of the remaining shoots in your hand and follow them back to their base. Use sharp secateurs to remove the stems at soil level, using loppers for thicker pieces. Cut pruned stems into smaller pieces before composting.

Pruning established blackcurrant bushes

Pruning established blackcurrant bushes

Pruning established blackcurrant bushes

Step 3

Pruning established blackcurrant bushes

After the fourth year you’ll need to start cutting out old wood because blackcurrants only fruit on younger shoots. A pruning saw or a pair of loppers can be used to remove a third of the plant’s old wood at the base each winter, encouraging new wood to be grown. Any new and lopsided shoots or spindly stems can be removed, helping you to keep a bushy shape that will fruit consistently year after year.

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