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Red Lake Currant

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Description

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.

Characteristics

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.

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.

Pollination

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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 want to have lots of different berries growing on my property.
William G on May 3, 2019
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
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 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
This makes yummy jelly.
Joyce S on Apr 27, 2019
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 bush...no 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
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: //www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-controls/bird-x-garden-nets/
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 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.
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!

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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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 3 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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
nice, grows like weed
This took off very nicely.
May 20, 2017
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 3 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
10 months 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
Purchased
over 3 years ago