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Blackcurrant 'Ebony'

Ribes nigrum

Hardy Shrub

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Outstanding dessert variety

Twice the size of normal blackcurrants

One of, if not the sweetest blackcurrant ever

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This outstanding dessert variety is the sweetest blackcurrant ever - so sweet that it can be eaten straight from the bush. 'Ebony' produces heavy crops of large, firm currants - up to twice the size of normal blackcurrants - which can be harvested from early to mid July. The plants are bushy with a slightly open, spreading habit, making harvesting so easy. Easy to grow and with excellent mildew resistance. Height and spread: 120cm (47").


Estimated time to cropping once planted: 16-20 months.
Estimated time to best yields: 16-20 months.

Height Up to 120cm (48in)
Spread Up to 120cm (47in)

Hardy Shrub

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2 blackcurrant plants in 3 litre pots (V63257P)
1 blackcurrant plant in 3 litre pot (V48143)

Blackcurrants prefer a position in full sun but will tolerate semi shade. Shelter from cold winds and late spring frosts as these conditions may damage the flowers, and reduce the yield of fruit later in the year. Grow blackcurrants in rich, moist, well drained soil. Incorporate plenty of well rotted manure into the ground prior to planting. Plant blackcurrant bushes between late autumn and spring, at a distance of 1.5m (5') apart and a depth of 5cm (2") lower than the soil mark on the stem. Planting blackcurrants slightly deep will encourage the production of extra stems from below ground level.

After planting, reduce the stems to 2 buds above ground level to promote sturdy new growth. Keep blackcurrant plants well watered during dry periods, particularly as the fruits are developing. Netting the bushes will help to protect the currants from birds. Blackcurrants can be harvested from July.


After the first season, prune out any thin or weak shoots. In the following years prune out any damaged or weak shoots before removing 20% of the remaining stems to create an open bush, and encourage fresh new shoots to develop. Culinary note: Blackcurrants are delicious when eaten fresh in a fruit salad or added to a colourful and tasty summer pudding. Suitable for freezing.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

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For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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