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Ribes nigrum 'Ben Connan' (B)
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blackcurrant 'Ben Connan'

'Ben Connan' is a culinary cultivar with large fruit of excellent flavour on medium long strigs. It produces heavy crops early in the season and has a compact habit

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Green
Summer Green Black
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Grossulariaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Ribes can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes spiny, with simple, usually palmately lobed leaves and small tubular or bell-shaped, solitary or racemose flowers borne in spring or summer, followed by juicy, sometimes edible berries

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow as a multi-stemmed bush in a soil enriched with well-rotted manure or compost. Tolerates a range of soils including slightly alkaline ones. Add a balanced general fertiliser and additional nitrogen in spring

Propagation

propagate by hardwood cuttings in the dormant season

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
Pruning

Prune blackcurrants when dormant, from late autumn to late winter. Fruit forms on young wood, so when pruning aim to remove older wood, leaving the young shoots

Pests

Blackcurrants are susceptible to gall mites, gall midges, scale insects, aphids and reversion

Diseases

Has resistance to American gooseberry mildew

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