Currants: Basic Life Hacks

To gather a good harvest of currants in the new season, we recommend that you follow a few tips:

Timely Watering

It is enough to water the plants only three times in one season, but it must be done correctly. Currant shrubs feel the greatest “thirst” during the growth of shoots and during the appearance of berries. If you ignore this procedure, the plant will not give a proper harvest. Its berries will be small, dry and with a thick peel. Currants are first watered during the period of active growth of the green mass and appearance of the ovary. The second watering should be done when the berries ripen on the bushes. The third one – after gathering harvest. Scarcity of moisture in the soil at this time has a negative impact on setting flower buds and therefore there is a high probability of being left without a harvest next season.

Correct Fertilizing

The crop can do without fertilizing for several years, if before planting the bush all the necessary fertilizers were applied to the soil. If fertilizers were applied only to the planting hole, currant bushes should be fertilized only twice a season. They need more nutrients during setting fruits and after fruiting. It should be noted that fertilizing or watering currants should be done around the bush, not in its centre.

Mulching the Soil Under the Bushes

It is necessary to mulch the ground under the bushes, because it does not like a severe drought. You can use a variety of materials: straw, peat, sawdust, etc.

Protection of Plants From Low Temperatures and Frost

Currants are one of the most frost-resistant orchard crops, but in very cold winters its buds can freeze. Remember that in the cold season the branches of currants should be bent to the ground, and the shrub itself – covered with a layer of snow. Spring frosts can lead to the fall of currant ovaries, and cold windy weather during the blossoming of shrubs can lead to poor pollination of blossoms.

The Main Helpers of Currants are Bees

It is these insects that pollinate currant bushes. Therefore, for the bees not to fly past the bushes, the plants should be sprayed with sweet water (1 tablespoon of honey per 1 litre of water). In addition, plant the shrubs in sunny but sheltered from strong wind places: this is where bees usually collect nectar from them. This, in turn, will allow insects to stay in your garden for a long time.

“Have a rich harvest!” – Farming Enterprise “ECO BERRY”.