and Storing Blackcurrants
Blackcurrants are ready for harvest when the fruits are very nearly black. Always try
and pick them in dry conditions - wet blackcurrants store very badly and
will quickly go mouldy.
If the intention is to store the currants for a few days, it's best to pick
an entire truss which will keep for longer. Blackcurrants will keep best
dry in the fridge and will last for five or six days.
Look at the
symptoms to decide which pest or disease is causing you trouble, then
click on the 'Cause' for details of how to get round the problem.
first, red spots appear on the top of the leaves, followed by
yellow spots on the underside of the leaves, eventually turning black.
of small black or green insects especially concentrated around tender new shoots.
on the leaves. Bush is very quickly stripped of foliage.
light grey powdery substance appears mainly on the stems, but
spreads to the leaves and possibly the fruit.
and plump buds rather than the normal long and pointed ones.
Leaves around affected buds are distorted.
June or July the bush develops abnormal leaves, and the yield of
fruit for the rest of the year is very low. It is most easily
identified by bright magenta buds instead of the normal grey buds.
Like most fruit blackcurrants are favourite food
to a range of small and often not so small mammals. Birds are a
particular problem. Various make shift ways of preventing fruit
damage have been concocted over the years but none works as well
as a fruit cage.
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value walk-in, heavy duty steel fruit cages.
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