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Red Currants. These Old-Time Shrub Fruits Are Easy To Grow

By Newyorkrita
July 27, 2015

Red Currants grew in our garden from the time of my childhood. My mother cooked them for jams, but I loved to simply pick them and eat them fresh.

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crittergarden
Jul 27, 2015 6:11 AM CST
Thanks for the education.
I thought it was some european thing - I hadn't had a clue about it!
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Jul 27, 2015 6:13 AM CST
AND for the bees!
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Oberon46
Jul 27, 2015 8:48 AM CST
Is it invasive as raspberry bushes are? I love berries but am afraid they might take over my garden -- as the horsetail has.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 27, 2015 9:57 AM CST
Oberon46 said:Is it invasive as raspberry bushes are? I love berries but am afraid they might take over my garden -- as the horsetail has.


No, not at all. It doesn't spread. It really is not any different from an ornamental shrub you might plant in your garden in that respect.

These berries are excellent for cooking for those that love to make jelly or jams. But I love to just eat them fresh.
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crittergarden
Jul 27, 2015 10:15 AM CST
I've chosen no cultivar, so I have my "want" on the general entry, which doesn't list size.
Roughly how big is it?
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Newyorkrita
Jul 27, 2015 11:39 AM CST
crittergarden said:I've chosen no cultivar, so I have my "want" on the general entry, which doesn't list size.
Roughly how big is it?


They grow between 3 to 5 feet tall. I's say most are about 4 feet tall. A mature shrub is simply loaded with fruit clusters.
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crittergarden
Jul 27, 2015 2:38 PM CST
I've been looking for something to replace a rhododendron that I hate (only because I hate pink) and that sounds like a pretty good choice. It's on a slope on the low side of a retaining wall so I wanted to have something with ample roots. Might as well be edible! Drooling

II'm so glad your article was posted today!
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Newyorkrita
Jul 27, 2015 3:19 PM CST
I love shrubs that produce edible fruits! Of course I like ones that attract the backyard songbirds also. And I have seen the Catbirds eating these berries.
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crittergarden
Jul 27, 2015 3:25 PM CST
I don't mind sharing with the birds.
I'll eat what they leave me!
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Newyorkrita
Jul 27, 2015 3:49 PM CST
crittergarden said:I don't mind sharing with the birds.
I'll eat what they leave me!


They will leave plenty. Its just that they will eat those berries. To me this is a good thing as I like to attract Catbirds to my garden.
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crittergarden
Jul 27, 2015 4:11 PM CST
yes!

At my first house, where I had an apple tree, I often cut around bird pecks.
Had to harvest before the raccoons came though and just knocked them ALL off the tree, eatiing only some. Rolling my eyes. Thumbs down
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