The flowering gooseberry offers a magnificent spring bloom.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Ribes sanguineum
Family : Grossulariaceae
Type : Shrub
Height : 1 to 3 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary
Foliage : Expired -Flowering : Spring
Easy to care for, planting and pruning will help you promote growth and have beautiful flowers.
Planting flowering currant
Prefer a plantation to autumn or in spring but avoid periods of frost or strong heat.
- Follow the advice of Smart Gardening for to plant a shrub well .
In hedges, respect a minimum spacing of 80 cm between each plant.
Flowering gooseberry cutting:
We can easily multiply the flowering currant by cuttings in late winter.
- Take the cuttings around the month of March.
- Remove the bottom leaves to keep only one or two layers of leaves.
- Dip the base in a powder of cutting hormones.
- Transplant in the ground in a mixture of cuttings and garden soil.
Pruning and caring for flowering currant
Like most flowering shrubs, pruning helps to densify the foliage and improve flowering year after year.
Prune flowering currant:
The 1st year, it is an intaglio that aims to allow the shrub to branch properly.
No need to prune severely, the currant may suffer.
- Simply prune the branches a few inches from the tip.
Maintenance pruning of flowering currant:
This is a regular pruning that can be done every year and is intended to improve flowering and shrub growth.
- After flowering, prune the twigs of the year that have flowered 2/3.
- Prune the twigs that have not flowered by about half.
- Follow our advice shrub pruning
Finally, in order to keep a compact shape and prevent it from losing hair at the base, you can prune it severely after a few years.
Diseases of flowering currant
Although quite hardy, the flowering currant is nevertheless the victim of certain diseases and attacks from pests such as powdery mildew and aphids.
> Here's how fight against powdery mildew, thin whitish film on leaves
> Here's how fight against aphids, insects that invade the leaves
All you need to know about the flowering currant
This shrub has the advantage of flowering abundantly in a cluster and forming a true Flower "wall" when planted as a hedge.
But it is just as appreciated when it is isolated in the middle of the garden, in shrub beds and even in a pot or in a container on a terrace or balcony.
It is rustic and of rapid growth, which makes it an easy shrub to grow and the result of which is visible very quickly.
Resistant to cold and frost, it supports negative temperatures down to -15 °.
Interesting varieties of flowering currants:
- Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’, its late flowers are a pretty deep red
- The Ribes sanguineum ‘Koja’: compact vegetation and pretty red flowers.
- Ribes sanguineum ‘White icicle’, it offers large clusters of white flowers.
Photo © Poliuszko