Grown for the masses of pink flowers in spring, Ribes sanguineum is commonly called the ‘Flowering Currant Bush’.
This is a deciduous shrub from the western coast of North America, it grows well in full sun and has flowers that range from pink to a deep red depending on variety.
Excellent as a feature plant in the garden and with its easy to prune nature also makes a good hedging plant.
The flowers are followed by small black berries, and these attract birds to the garden however for edible currants try Ribes nigram.
Ribes sanguiniun King Edward VII is regarded by many as the best variety.
Best grown in full sun and a humus rich well drained soil, once established this is a reasonably drought tolerant plant. Over time it will reach around 3 metres in height, however it is easily pruned to a smaller size if required.
An occasional deep watering over dry periods in summer will be beneficial.
After flowering fertilise with a mix of aged cow manure and good garden mulch.
The best time to prune is after flowering, simply remove any old dead wood and unwanted branches.
Prune back to set of buds to the height you want for the garden.
It is a good idea to open up older plants by removing some of the older growth.
Ribes sanguineum is available from the following suppliers
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order
In Melbourne try –
GENTIANA NURSERY – 03 9751 2163
Olinda Monbulk Rd. Olinda.