Caring for Blackcurrant Bush

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Caring for Blackcurrant Bush

What do I do with my blackcurrant bush in late May? It has almost no leaves and small buds all over and nothing else. Would love to know care tips, what to do next from here. 

Blackcurrants are produced in greatest amounts on wood that is two or three years old. After that age, the size and quality of the fruit decline rapidly.

Usually, newly planted blackcurrant bushes produce strong, straight, unbranched growth. In the second year, laterals (side growth) begins to appear, followed by more in the third year after planting. It is on these laterals that the fruit is grown. Remove older canes (as they reach four years old) by cutting them back as close to the ground as possible to prevent them re-growing.

Prune back second and third-year-old lateral growth by up to half. Then apply Daltons Garden TimeTM Compost around existing plants in May/June, but do not fertilise. Leave this until spring growth begins.

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