Pruning the blackcurrant bushes

On Sunday, Camilla showed us how to prune the black currants to encourage lots of sideshoots and , eventually, fruit.

Before pruning
Before pruning

 

Blackcurrant need to be pruned to an outward facing bud close to the ground

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this leaves very little!

Blackcurrants after pruning
Blackcurrants after pruning

Prunings longer than 20cm can be used as hardwood cuttings: trim off straight below a node at the bottom and ant an angle above a bud near the top.

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Trimming blackcurrant prunings for hardwood cuttings

Then push the cuttings into soft ground: with luck some will take root:

Planting blackcurrant hardwood cuttings
Planting blackcurrant hardwood cuttings

They can be moved to a permanent position next year

 

 

 

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