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I have got a problem with a blackcurrant plant I bought this spring. It is planted in a east facing garden in the ground with a little extra manure and potash. It hasn't dried out as far as I am aware, and has been watered regularly with rest of the garden. I have had no flowers or fruit. The leaves are curled and brown with some small holes in it. Is there any hope for it? How can I treat this sick looking plant? Thanks for your help.

On plant Ribena




Your blackcurrant bush is seriously under watered and badly planted. It is fairly obvious from the photo that the poor thing is hanging on by a wing and a prayer! You need to seriously water the bush by putting the hose at the base of the shrub and leaving it on trickle overnight at least twice a week. At the same time you need to look to replanting the shrub in October time to a far more suitable position jammed up against two walls it is never likely to do well.

I also wonder if you did not plant it more deeply than it was originally planted as this would look likely from the photo.

5 Aug, 2011


Also fruit bushes don't normally flower in their first year anyway as they should be making new roots - and if they should flower you are supposed to remove the flowers.
I hope things go better for you next year with MG's help.

5 Aug, 2011

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