Black Currant (Ribes nigrum) in the Currants and Gooseberries Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fragrant
Fruit: Showy
Other: Clusters of small, glossy black berries, each containing numerous seeds.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Bees

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April Plants for Honey BeesApril Plants for Honey Bees
April 3, 2012

April is here and beekeepers will be kept busy trying to keep up with their bees' need for extra room to store the bounty collected from the blossoms they visited. April also marks the start of swarm season, so beekeepers will be keeping an eye out for swarms to catch; or they'll be trying to keep them from swarming by making splits.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 12, 2012 1:59 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees. It is also a source of honeydew for honey bees.

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