Blackcurrant Ben Lomond
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Blackcurrant 'Ben Lomond'

  • Bursting with flavour and Vitamin C.
  • This compact beauty only ever grows to 3ft (1m) making it perfect for the smallest of gardens.
  • Really easy to grow, Ben Lomond will thrive in a sunny, sheltered spot.
  • Plants are as tough as old boots and have flowers that are resistant to frost.
  • Supplied as a pack of 2 UK grown bushes ready to plant out.

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A soft fruit which is bursting with flavour and Vitamin C, Blackcurrant Ben Lomond has large glossy black fruit which cover the branches of this completely new type of blackcurrant in mid-summer.

Unlike most others, which require a lot of space to grow, this compact beauty only ever grows to around 1m (3ft) making it perfect for the smallest of gardens.

If you want to grow a healthy, power-packed fruit, then the blackcurrant has to be one to try. Recent research has even gone as far to suggest that the dark berries, rich in anthocyanins and polyphenols, may actually help to reduce the symptoms of neurological illness and potentially reduce the risk of gut cancers - hence it's superfruit status!

Really easy to grow, Blackcurrant Ben Lomond will thrive in a sunny, sheltered spot out of strong winds and prefers well-drained soil (or compost). Grow it in a border, a large pot or even plant several to make a fruiting hedge.
Plants are as tough as old boots and have flowers that are resistant to frost - in fact they need a winter chill to produce bigger crops of berries, perfect for the UK climate!

  • Plants are self-fertile, so you only need the one - you don't need a pollinator to be guaranteed a crop of super-healthy black currants. Plants will give a reliable crop year after year even when left to their own devices - although you'll get better results and a bumper crop by following a few simple rules:
    Feed them well with blood, fish and bone in mid-spring, followed by a dose of poultry manure or another high nitrogen plant food, in June
  • Fruits taste better when exposed to plenty of sunshine - always clear the ground of weeds, especially perennial types
  • Keep well-watered

Blackcurrants are ready for picking in July and August and are at their best about seven days after they have turned black. They can be gathered individually or, if you want them to stay fresh for a little longer, you can harvest the whole trusses. Pick the blackcurrants in dry conditions and they can be eaten immediately or stored in a fridge for one to two weeks. Alternatively, they can be frozen for eating later they should last at least six months this way.

Supplied as a pack of 2 UK grown bare root bushes, trimmed to 15-20cm, ready to plant straight out while dormant.

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Item 310009 supplied as:
Supplied as a pack of 2 UK grown bare root bushes, trimmed to 15-20cm, ready to plant sraight out while dormant

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Edible
Edible
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

If you're short on space, blackcurrants can be grown in a large pot - so there's no reason why anyone can't have a go at growing them.

Care Information

  • Blackcurrants prefer moist, well-drained soil in full sun, or light shade.
  • Keep well-watered.
  • Dig a hole at least 2 x the diameter of the root ball and spread the roots out.
  • Plant 6cm (2.25in) deeper than previously to encourage young shoots to develop from the base.
  • Mix the soil from the hole with well-rotted manure and backfill. Firm in and water.
  • In late winter, feed with a balanced fertiliser, following the instructions.
  • Weed and mulch around the plant in late winter to suppress weeds. Avoid hoeing near the base of the bush where new shoots are developing.
  • Prune from late autumn to late winter. Fruit forms on young wood, so remove older wood, leaving the young shoots.
  • If growing in a pot, choose one that is around 45-50cm (18-20in) in diameter and use a good-quality compost (John Innes No 3 is ideal).
  • Repot every 2-3 years into the same pot or slightly larger. Trim back some of the roots and tease away the old soil replacing it with fresh JI No 3 compost.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
100 cm
100 cm
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