Redcurrants can be harvested in summer when the fruits are firm and juicy. Cut whole strings and use immediately, or store in the fridge for a few days.
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Redcurrants are easily grown ornamental bushes and are useful plants. They produce nutritious edible fruits that are full of vitamin C and anti-oxidants and also contain vitamin B, iron, and phosphorus. They are extremely hardy, can be grown in a container and will grow in poor soil.
How to propagate Redcurrant
Hardwood cuttings 30 cm long. Trim off the end of the cutting just below a bud and cut the end of the stem just above a bud to leave a stem which is 15-20 cm long. Plant 10-12 cm deep. Water well.
Plant bare-root redcurrants 5 cm deep, 1.5-1.8 m apart and 1.5 m between rows. Sow in Autumn.
Gently bend stem down to the soil and scrape off some bark opposite a bud where the stem touches the soil. Peg down just below the surface and cover with 2cm of soil. Cut stem away once it has rooted.
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Grow Redcurrants in a large container, at least 45 cm wide and deep.
Other uses of Redcurrant
Berries are edible and can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried, cultivated for jams or used as an accompaniment in salads, garnishes or drinks when in season.
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