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.

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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 3 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 7
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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 5' tall x 3 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Difficult to find in my area.
Maureen C on Apr 11, 2021
I have grown these for many years. These are replacements for a few that have died out. They are hardy, fruit early, and make the best spiced currant relish!
Jane W on Mar 10, 2021
Difficult to find in my area.
Maureen C on Apr 11, 2021
Love black or red currant jams. It it also great for baking cookies
Yaryna B on Apr 8, 2021
I have grown these for many years. These are replacements for a few that have died out. They are hardy, fruit early, and make the best spiced currant relish!
Jane W on Mar 10, 2021
I???m Latvian and these remind me of Latvia!
Diana V on Feb 23, 2021
I have been growing red currants for jams and jellies for many years. I never really have enough. So, tucking a few more red currant plants in somewhere should help.
Susan B on Feb 21, 2021
My grandmother always grew red currants at our cabin and I have such fond memories.
Melissa P on Feb 10, 2021
I chose this because I grew up with red currants and they are probably my all time favorite fruit to snack on.
PENELOPE B on Feb 4, 2021
I grew up eating the jelly my Grandmother made from her red currant bush
Benjamin M on Jan 7, 2021
Removing non-native shrubs and wanted to replace with a plant that would support local wildlife and us!
Kimberly J. S on Jan 1, 2021
last years plant dies
Russell P on Dec 5, 2020
Love berries
Marina R on Oct 8, 2020
Red currants are used as stunningly beautiful decorations on cakes. I have never seen them in stores so I decided to grow my own.
Kaylee M on Sep 25, 2020
Because I have a few and need more
Sigrid N on Sep 16, 2020
love it
dmitri a on Sep 16, 2020
Expand current red currants that I have planted
Tom V on May 21, 2020
Reminds me about my childhood and wanted my kids have this too
Yelena P on May 2, 2020
Have one plant that was loaded last year. Made jars of beautiful currant jelly.
Hazel F on May 1, 2020
We like current jelly.
Wally on Apr 27, 2020
My daughter and son LOVE all berries and we want to have our own berry micro farm for the kids to pick themselves and enjoy.
Katie S on Apr 24, 2020
For Jellies and Meads
Hazen S on Apr 23, 2020
As a part of our food forestation program
Charles W on Apr 23, 2020
I remember how I adored picking and eating currants as a child in Wisconsin. A treat!
JULIE B on Mar 30, 2020
Take me back to my roots where you can enjoy fresh fruits, pies and homemade wine.
Astrid H on Mar 25, 2020
Had one before very productive
Robert B on Mar 24, 2020
I have always wanted to try currants in our garden! I love to make Jelly and think this would be a great addition to what we already have!
Carol S on Mar 21, 2020
Red currants are very productive, and easy to grow, and grow well here. They're beautiful, tasty, and good for wildlife, and myself.
A C on Mar 21, 2020
They are delicious if you like tart fruit.
Ann M on Mar 12, 2020
Replacing some older plants I have
Barbara C on Feb 27, 2020
Had wild currents as a boy, wanted to try them
Steve L on Feb 4, 2020
My wife was the motivator for this I like the black she likes the red so we go some of both. I think both will taste good in Welsh Cakes
David D on Feb 3, 2020
My brother-in-law enjoys the juice, so I'm going to try to grow enough currents as a treat for him.
CARMEN S on Jan 8, 2020
I had purchased a red currant in the past and LOVED it. I was unable to move my plant after I moved out and got married, so I have been eager to find one again. All the nurseries around me have been sold out this year, or unable to get currants.
Raluca W on May 19, 2019
I have 6 old red lake currants that have performed really well over the years. About 5 years ago they were badly damaged by a late frost after they had leafed out. They have never fully recovered and their yield is way down. They need to be replaced.
Paul W on May 11, 2019
I want to have lots of different berries growing on my property.
William G on May 3, 2019
This makes yummy jelly.
Joyce S on Apr 27, 2019
I chose this variety due to the availability, price, characteristics and projected yield of the plants. Looking forward to getting my plants.
Yvonne T on Apr 26, 2019
great producer
Norman E on Apr 14, 2019
I thought I???d try something new.
Amy T on Mar 28, 2019
We grow currants for many years. We needed to replace very old plants. This is a very good variety, we have good experience with it.
Stanislav P on Mar 27, 2019
I'm pushing the envelope with this one. It was not recommended for my area, but am putting it in a protected area so hoping it will make it through the heat.
Lamar A on Mar 24, 2019
Low maintenance berry plant.
Mitch M on Mar 24, 2019
Bought these to make jam
Scott W on Mar 23, 2019
I love these, and want to grow my own.
Ruth N on Feb 20, 2019
Red Lake Currant is hardy, moderately quick growing bush, and a prolific producer.
Norman P on Jan 8, 2019
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
Love black or red currant jams. It it also great for baking cookies
Yaryna B on Apr 8, 2021
I???m Latvian and these remind me of Latvia!
Diana V on Feb 23, 2021
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 need to be grown on a fence or trellis?
Rhonda E on Jun 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Rhonda, Red Lakes Currants are a trellis or fence. Do not prune for fitst 2 yhears then each plant should have 6 to 8 shoots.....trim to about 3 to 4 ft high
How many bushes do I need to make a reasonable amount of jelly?
Rick S on Feb 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Of course the meaning of "reasonable" depends greatly on the degree of your passion for currents! The small batch recipes found on the internet require a couple of pounds of berries. The various state extension department websites seem to say that this is about the quantity one can expect yearly from one well-established and well-tended bush planted in favorable circumstances (full sun). This fits my experience with the bushes I bought from Stark Brothers. Note however, you will get no yield the first year and a small yield the second year as the bush establishes. Recommendation is in fact to remove any blooms you might get the first year.
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!
How do you keep critters from eating the berries?
Steven W on Mar 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Netting is the most effective way, unless you're able to fence them in. These are strong, lightweight nets you can drape over the bushes. They'll keep the birds and squirrels away from your harvest: //
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.
What will happen to the red lake current if planted too close to white pine tree?
Wendy K on Mar 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We have had red current bushes for years, and planted then in various areas. We have found the most important thing is full sun....50 yards from white pine does not seem to effect the plant
What is a white pine?
Charles s on Mar 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: A species (strobus) of the pinus genus. Their needles grow in clusters of 5. Their trunks are tall and straight. Because of this they were used widely for ship masts.
When it's said not to plant within 900 ft of white pine, do they mean all pine trees?
Larry F on Mar 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I imagine it's just white pines. I planted mine probably 150' from red cedars (pines) and it's doing fine.
Are your plants certified rust free?
Joshua N on Feb 25, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. ???Some of the trees and plants grown on the premises belonging to Stark Bro's are and some are not. However, In accordance with the Missouri Plant Law, the plants and premises belonging to Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co are duly inspected by an authorized inspector to be found free of injurious insect pests and plant diseases.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is this currant resistant to white pine lister rust?
Gardener on Feb 17, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Black currants are very susceptible to white pine blister rust, gooseberries and red and white currants are somewhat resistant

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How big is shipped plant?
Peggy B on Jan 30, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are currently shipped as a bareroot plant they will range from 8-12 inches. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Could I plant current in a tub for the first year and transplant later?
Maria P on Jan 29, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes you can start your plant out in a container just be sure to transplant while it is still dormant.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I live in Long Island. What is the latest date it is safe to plant red currant bush?
Oldportswan on Sep 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Re:white pines- we have other pines 30 feet away from the area we want to plant in-
I assume this won???t be a problem??
Chris on Sep 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Shouldn't be an issue with the distance between them. There is a slight allelopathic effect (negative effect on other plant species) from the chemicals produced by the shallow roots of the white pine. Any plants underneath will need to be able to tolerate a lower pH level, dry and shady conditions as well as potentially poor soil conditions.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Why is shipping prohibited to my zip code (01776), if currants are actually allowed in my town?
Maria P on Apr 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately this happens to be a product that has state or county agricultural regulations, which prohibit shipment. Sometimes there are local/regional quarantines put in place to halt the spread of certain plant diseases, which does not happen often. While these regulations may change in the near future, we apologize that we cannot ship this item to you at the present time.
Are red currants a problem with white pine? I thought only black currants
Elvi D on Feb 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, red currants pose no known risk to white pine.
Why so far from white pine?
Laurel on Sep 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Because currants carry white pine blister, a disease which can kill a white pine tree.
How many hours of full sun do they need?
Karen P on Jul 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This plant needs 4-6 hours a day of full sun.
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!
Do birds like to eat currents?
Shannon H on Sep 18, 2020

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 6 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 6 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
nice, grows like weed
This took off very nicely.
May 20, 2017
over 5 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 5 years ago
Growing well in 6A, beautiful plant
I planted 2 black and 2 red currants in the fall 2018. Black currant already has berries in the summer 2019!
July 3, 2019
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 5 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 5 years ago