Step-by-step: plant a currant

Step-by-step: plant a currant

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If the currants are pleasant to taste on the spot, they are no less delicious in jams, pies and jellies, and even in sorbets! White or red, they will delight all lovers, whether gardeners or fine palates. Beware of birds, robins and starlings who also know very well what it is about and will not deprive themselves of such a beautiful feast. Place a net over the feet when the currants start to take on color. Planting in bare roots takes place from October to November or February to March. In containers, you can plant them all year round. The currant is afraid of the heat, so it will be very comfortable in a slightly shaded and cool place, but not very windy.

Difficulty : easy Cost : less than 10 € per foot Tools required : - A spade - A watering can

Step 1: Choose a suitable location.

Planted alone, in the shade of a hazelnut tree and protected by a wall to the west, the currant will be at ease. It can also be planted in hedges, even trellising. Its adult size is about 1.5 meters. As much as possible, avoid a place that is too humid. Well-drained soil will be favorable.

Step 2: Dig the hole

Using a spade, dig a hole about 40 cm deep. Add well decomposed compost or potting soil to a thickness of about 10 cm.

Step 3: Take out the root ball

Gently, kneading the pot, gently remove the roots from the container.

Step 4: Air the roots

Always spread the external roots a little to encourage the plant to take root, but not too much and very gently so as not to damage them.

Step 5: Put the foot in place

Place the specimen at the bottom of the hole and fold the soil to the sides, packing regularly to avoid leaving too much air inside the hole.

Step 6: Finish by forming a small bowl at its base

After packing the soil, and in order to circumscribe the watering, form a small bowl around the foot.

Step 7: Water the foot

There, it's over. You just have to wait for your first currants. The harvest takes place 1 to 2 times a week when they reach maturity between June and August depending on the varieties. Pick them when they change color. Gooseberries do not keep once picked, 2 days at most, so be ready for the jams!

The next year

Pruning is generally carried out in winter and harvesting in summer. The size does not matter the first year, but it will be necessary to ventilate the foot well the following years in order to favor the pollination of the browsers. In the fall, you will cut at the base the inner branches, which are the oldest (they are darker). Give each branch a little ease by cutting the ones that touch and cross. Also cut dead wood and small internal shoots that will not work. Then fold the outer stems of the year down to half their height. Our garden and gardening videos