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Red Lake Currant

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Red Lake Currant

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The cold hardiest of quality, plum-red currants. Often bears full-flavored fruit the first year after planting, on two-year-old wood. Reliably large yields. Self-pollinating.
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  • Botanical Name: Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake'
  • Height: 3 - 5 feet.
  • Spacing: 3 - 4 feet.
  • Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the nursery.
  • Spread: 2 - 4 feet.
  • Light Required: Partial Shade
  • Pollinator: Self-pollinating.
  • Yield: Up to 3 - 4 quarts at maturity. Often bears fruit the first year after planting, on two-year-old wood.
  • Color: White
  • Size: No. 1, 1-Yr. Plants
  • Blooms: Mid Spring, Late Spring
  • Fruit: Compact clusters 4 inches long with 8 - 10 large, 1/2-inch, dark red berries.
  • Zone: 3-7
  • Form: Fruit, Small Fruit, Currant
  • Flower Form: Small single flowers form pendulous racemes.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, rich, moist soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate.
  • Pruning: Remove dead wood. Prune to rejuvenate new growth in early spring.
  • Foliage: Ovate, 1-3" long and wide, deeply lobed, shiny, mid green in color.
  • Comments: Dark red fruit with sweet-tart flavor. Long stems for easy picking. Strong, vigorous bush with dense foliage. Early bearing. Produces fruit on two-year and older wood. Long ripening period; holds well on branches. Most widely grown red currant. Mulch in Summer. Red currants do not perform well in heavy soils. Susceptible to mildew and does not have much tolerance to late spring frost.

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