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, however for edible currants try Ribes nigram.
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.
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.