BEN CONNAN BLACK CURRANT Ribes nigrum 'Ben Connan'
Hardiness / Exposure: Zone 3 / Full sun
Height: 5 ft
Spread: 5 ft
Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Habit: Upright
Flower Colour: Pink
Bloom Time: Spring
Fruit: Dark purple to black fruit that are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Key Features: Attracts Bees, Fruiting, Hardy Ben Conan Black Currant is a larger shrub than Ben Sarek. It produces dark fruit with the distinctive black currant flavour. The flavour profile of a black currant could best be described as a cross between a pine tree and a gooseberry!
Uses: Jam, preserves, jelly, wine
-Dig a hole 2-3 times the root ball width and same depth as root ball.
-Carefully remove plastic pot and cut through any circling roots.
-Position the root ball in the center of the hole and ensure the tree is standing straight. If necessary, tip the root ball to adjust the tree.
-Partially backfill the hole with loamy soil, tamp the soil with your heel to remove air pockets, water to settle the soil and finish backfilling around the root ball with good soil. Avoid using heavy clay-based soil.
-Remove tags and labels.
-Water soil well at planting and continue to water throughout the summer. Do not not let the tree go dry.
-Applying mulch will help help retain moisture and reduce weeds.