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Red Currants

I am looking to plant some red currant bushes. 1) Will they successfully grow in this climate? (Best time to plant). 2) How do they fair in cooler weather (will they die off?). 3)When could one benefit the harvest? 4) Would they be (similar) to a rose bush & take over the garden? (Do they need to be controlled (incl underground)? 040820164, Tower, Co Cork Posted: 04/08/2016

Red currants are easy to grow. More information in Know-how at: http://www.garden.ie/howtogrow.aspx?id=998

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How to plant potted fruit bushes

I purchased an assortment of fruit bushes from a supermarket and am not entirely sure which is the best way to plant them in the ground? They come in pots and are grown with small bamboo stakes surrounding them, I do not know if I need to plant them with the same small stakes or else add larger stakes. Attached is a picture of the exact bushes that I purchased. Madra, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick Posted: 12/04/2015

Dig the soil, take out a hole and plant to the depth of the pot . Water well after planting and during any dry spell in the coming weeks. The red currants and gooseberry bush need to be spaced 1.5m apart, and the blackberry, which needs the support of a fence or wires on a wall, needs about 3 metres of wall or fence length.

 

caterpillars on redcurrant bushes

What can I use to get rid of caterpillars that are eating all the leaves of my redcurrant bushes, preferably an organic solution? 130620103, DROMCOLLOGHER, Co Limerick Posted: 13/06/2010

 

Red currant is related to gooseberry and this is gooseberry sawfly and the caterpillars will soon pupate and disappear.

 

caterpillar problem

i have strawberry and redcurrent plants, alot of the leaves are folded over at the edges with what looks like silk. i examined a leave and a small bug which looks like a green caterpillar just under a cm in size was within the folded leaf. i took off a few of the affected leaves. what should i do with the rest? ceaser, , Posted: 30/07/2009

 

These are tortrix moth caterpillars, and usually cause very little damage, not worth doing anything about.

 

fruit buds not open yet

I bought some gooseberries, rasberries, blackcurrant and redcurrant bare roots from lidl, only the redcurrants have leafs. the others have buds but there not open? Some of the blackcurrant buds are opening but it looks very brown and dry is that ok? is it not very late for the buds? will they survive? ceaser, , Posted: 17/05/2009

 

It sounds like only the redcurrants have survived. leave tehm be, no feeding, and see what happens... but they seem dead.

 

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