Although redcurrants are widely available in the shops as a tart garnish on restaurant puddings, white currents, which are slightly sweeter are not as common. Like their cousins, the gooseberry, with which they share cultivation requirements and many of the same diseases, they are remarkably easy to grow. They are happy with some shade, will grow on almost any soil and cope well in colder areas - just avoid waterlogging and frost pockets which could damage those early flowers. As they are self-fertile, there are no pollination worries even if you only have space for one.
They are generally grown as bushes - growth can be up to 2m x 90cm - but can also be grown as cordons - 1 to 3 upright stems like the tines of a fork. While bushes generally give a greater yield per plant, cordons take up less room and make picking fruit, and the inevitabe pests, easier. With bushes, the aim is to produce a goblet shape to allow plenty of air to circulate, reducing the chances of mildew.
Note that pot-grown plants can be planted all year round.
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