Kick start your currant shrubs and enjoy better harvest


Are you wondering how this “hot and cold” spring may have impacted your currant harvest? Well, do not worry because all negative factors that may have had a bad impact can be largely eliminated if you provide proper nutrition to your currant shrubs and we shall tell you how to do that.

It is not important what currant shrubs you have in your garden – black currant (Ribes nigrum) or red currant (Ribes rubrum) have very similar requirements. You may choose to use chemical preparation or you may opt for natural improvement.

Fertilize quickly and easily

You need fertilizers based on phosphorus and potassium because this stuff really works with currants. So, here is our recipe fora fertilizer designed for one mature bush:

    • 10 litres of rainwater or at least water that has been sitting overnight ,


    • one tablespoon of ordinary superphosphate


               and one tablespoon of potassium sulphate.


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Mix it all together and water currant bushes abundantly. Do not pour on a dry soil, it is better to do it after rain. And when you should finish the fertilization process? The answer is by a mid-June, but the sooner the better.

You can also use wood ash

If you are not a fan of chemicals do not worry. We have a different fertilizer for you. This one is made from wood ash and you will need about half a kilo per one full-grown currant shrub. You need to work the ash in the soil (spreading the ash around is not enough) and you should do that approximately twenty-five centimetres around the stem.That is enough because the shrub will not be able to use nutrients that are too distant from the stem. Water well.

You need to fertilize with wood ash again in August. This way you ensure continuous and overall vitality of your currant shrubs. If you fertilized with the mixture of superphosphate and potassium sulphate in the spring you are done. No need to repeat it.

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.


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