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Ribes sanguineum

Flowering Currant

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Strong, hardy and reliable

Pleasant spring colour

Low maintenance

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Strong, hardy and reliable, this Flowering Currant is a deciduous shrub that is worth planting for its pleasant spring colour. With a fragrant foliage, characteristic of all plants of this variety, Ribes sanguineum displays pendulous dark red clusters of flowers early in the year which can develop into black berries later on. A low maintenance plant, that will happily grow in full sun, you will be able to enjoy this shrub for many years with very little effort. Height: 250cm (98"). Spread: 150cm (59").

Height Up to 250cm (98in)
Spread Up to 150cm (59in)

Hardy Shrub

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Flowering Months


1 bare root ribes plant (40165)

Grow Ribes in a sunny, in any well drained soil. Ribes odoratum will happily grow in a semi-shaded spot but may produce fewer flowers and berries. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil. Plant Flowering Currant shrubs at the same depth as they were planted in their pots. Backfill the planting hole and water well to settle the soil.

These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. Set these at the same level as they were in the nursery field – you should see a soil line at the base of the stem. Stake trees, taller shrubs and roses to prevent root disturbance.

Water regularly throughout the growing season until young plants are fully established. In spring, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant. Ribes requires little pruning. After flowering cut back stems to a healthy bud and remove a fifth of the old stems to ground level.

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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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