Redcurrant - Ribes

How do I care for my Ribes?
This red berry plant grows quickly and is easy to care for. You can prune it into shape all year round. It is best to fertilize young plants with organic fertilizer in the autumn every year. For older plants, it is best not to do this too much as this will negatively affect its growth.

What is the best location for a Ribes?
A sunny location produces the Redcurrant’s optimal growth. It will also do well in semi-shade but will produce fewer berries in this location. It grows best in humus rich soil.
Where does the Redcurrant plant come from?
It originally comes from Western Europe and this makes it an easy-care plant; it is used to a climate that is like that of the Netherlands!
When does this shrub produce its berries?
This shrub produces its little, quite unobtrusively coloured flowers in around April. Its little red berries can be picked in about June. An established plant can produce up to 3 to 4 kg of berries! These berries are very nutritious and were used traditionally to cure many ailments. You can make juice or jam out of them, or add them to desserts.
Is the Redcurrant suitable as cut flower?
The Redcurrant cannot be used as cut flower. Its fruits can be picked as small bunches. Pruning of complete branches will negatively affect harvest. 

Can I prune the Redcurrant?
After the winter, you can prune it back by about 25 cm. If you do not prune it, this plant will still produce berries, because it produces its fruit on mature branches. Before the harvest, you could possibly cut back some of its non-fruit bearing branches. Do not remove too many leaves because they will ensure adequate nutrient absorption.

  • Winter hardiness:
    Good

  • Soil type:
    Humus rich, sandy

  • Moisture levels:
    Damp

  • Location:
    Sun/semi-shade

  • Height:
    To 80 cm

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Deciduous

  • Pruning:
    Can be done the whole year

  • Fertilizing:
    Organic fertilizer in autumn (young plants)

  • Fruit:
    Bunches of small red berries

  • Flowering period:
    April-May

  • Harvest:
    Around June

  • Trivia:
    Birds also love the berries. Beat them to it or use a net to cover teh shrub for instance.

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