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Red Lake Currant

Available Spring 2019

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Grow clusters of popular dark red berries! Attractive heavy-bearing bushes yield the tastiest currants you’ve ever savored. Berries hold well on the bush and are ideal for jellies, preserves, tarts, and muffins. Do not plant within 900 ft. of white pines. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.2 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 6

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 6
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
These plants are hardy, colorful and don't require too much care.
Jane H on May 2, 2018
My Granfather always had them and they were delicious.
Malgorzata L on Apr 25, 2017
These plants are hardy, colorful and don't require too much care.
Jane H on May 2, 2018
I have areas of partial shade where I hope this fruiting plant will thrive.
Cory R on Feb 7, 2018
My Granfather always had them and they were delicious.
Malgorzata L on Apr 25, 2017
My grandmother used to have red and black currant...I love only red currants
GUDRUN S on Mar 12, 2017
I used to have it in my garden in another house and I liked it.
Nasir K on Mar 7, 2017
It's a self pollinator for my zone and at low risk for pests. I want to build a home garden of edibles and this looks like a good addition.
Nikki W on Feb 28, 2017
My grand-parents in France always had them in their yard and we made jam and ate them every summer.
Charles-Etienne R on Feb 3, 2017
Size of bush and fruit color
judy C on Mar 25, 2016
I grew up in Germany and loved these as a kid
Stella T on Mar 24, 2016
Always wanted to try growing some currant plants and thought they would be a nice addition to my other fruit trees and berry plants.
Michael S on Mar 15, 2016
I already have them growing and wanted to add to my collection.
PAUL H on Mar 15, 2016
Because i had sme years ago and want to make current relish.
Susie R on Mar 11, 2016
I've done well with gooseberries. I thought I'd try their pretty cousins!
Chris D on Mar 7, 2016
Flavor is excellent, makes a jewel like jelly and birds find it if you are too slow.
Mary K on Feb 19, 2016
I have areas of partial shade where I hope this fruiting plant will thrive.
Cory R on Feb 7, 2018
My grandmother used to have red and black currant...I love only red currants
GUDRUN S on Mar 12, 2017
Why cant I plant red currents near white pines?
graeme1049 on Oct 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: According to Michael A. Ellis, Department of Plant Pathology, and Leona Horst, Department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University:

White pine blister rust is not a serious disease of currants and gooseberries; however, it is a very serious disease of white pines (Pinus strobus). Currants and gooseberries serve as an alternate host for the rust fungus that causes white pine blister rust. Therefore, planting currants and gooseberries in areas where white pines are present can lead to serious losses of white pines. North American white pine species, including bristlecone, limber, sugar, eastern white, southwestern white, western white, and whitebark, are highly susceptible. White pine blister rust causes significant damage in pine forests by forming cankers on the branches of white pines. These cankers ultimately kill the trees. Black currant is the most susceptible of the Ribes species.
does this plant have thorns?
Terri M on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I bought 3 of these couple of years ago. They do not have thorns, or anything pointy or prickly. They have done well at my house in Pennsylvania, and in their second year, they produced fruit!
are these potted plants that will produce this year?
t c on Apr 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, these are bare-root plants that will produce in 2-3 years. Currants need time to establish in order to produce fruit, unlike strawberries, which will produce some berries the first year.
I want to plant a red lake currant hedge. How far apart should I plant them so they form a hedge?
Karen B on Apr 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can plant them 3-4' apart, but no closer. They still need good air circulation. What a beautiful hedge that will be!

Customer Reviews

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red lake currants
Red lake currants are one of the hardiest and most prolific of the currents we have. They are beautiful with the strings of red berries hanging down and very easy to harvest. It makes a great jam too
May 19, 2016
over 3 years ago
Fruitful in extreme temperatures
My garden is on the 11th floor. I get extreme heat in summer and cold in winter but the currants always satisty! And the pretty leaves provide summer interest.
May 25, 2016
over 3 years ago
Red Lake Currant
Great product! We planted it as soon as it arrived last year and had berries that year. This year it has a number of berries. Very pleased with this!
May 15, 2017
over 2 years ago
This turned into one of my favorite berry bushes
Its really small when you get it and dont expect much of it in the first year,. Second year, its lovely. This year unfortunately I noticed the berries ripening too early and cut one open to investigate... Worms.... In every berry! What a bummer.... Last year I rationed the berries because I enjoyed them so much,. This year there are lots of berries but I cant eat any of them :(
May 20, 2016
over 3 years ago
Doing wonderful
Order this plant last year and it produced berries last year already and has lots of them again this year. Great buy!
May 14, 2017
over 2 years ago
Red Lake Currant
We have clay soil and the plants did great the first year. I hope they will bear more fruit next year. I like the red currant better than the black. We used them to make a currant red onion spread and it was a smash with friends. I would recommend this plant as an decorative plant or a border .
November 19, 2016
over 3 years ago
nice, grows like weed
This took off very nicely.
May 20, 2017
over 2 years ago
Great Purchase
The plants are huge for just one year with lots lots
Of currents on them.
Can't wait for them to get ripe.
June 2, 2017
over 3 years ago
Slow starters
After three years I now have plants that will produce fruit this year. A little slow on start up, however, they are very strong and health looking plants. I would recommend these plants to any one looking for a long term garden.
May 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
All four of my bushes are thriving. It is early May (after an unusually cold April) and they are vibrant and flowering.
May 10, 2018
1 year ago