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Re: [nafex] Black Currant Pollination

I planted a mature Crandall bare root plant in the fall and it fruited a
little the next year.  I planted some much smaller bare root Crandalls
(also in the fall) and they took a couple of years.  They didn't get
much sun and had fierce competition from ferns, though.  I transplanted
two that hadn't yet fruited into a better spot, and they fruited either
the next year or the following one.

I have three Crandalls, a Consort, and some assorted red currents, and
they all set fruit except for one of the reds, which always blossoms
during rain.  The Crandalls are very tasty.


Tom Olenio wrote:
> Hi Ed,
> Put in bare root Crandalls last year and I was wondering how long it takes for
> plants to reach berry bearing age?  The plants were suckers that were severed
> from the parent, so they must be at least 2 years old now..
> I also will take your advice and put in a planting of Titania, and wonder if
> there is a variety you suggest as a pollinator to the Titania (also WPBR
> immune/very resistant)?
> I am very lucky to be renting an old, abandoned cattle loading pen (real old,
> built with split, cedar rails), and plan on using it for a nursery for currants
> and grafted fruit trees (full sun from afternoon on).
> Thanks,
> Tom
> ED Mashburn wrote:.
> > This is true, There are several other European Black Currants that are very
> > resistant to WPBR and are MUCH better than the three above mentioned.
> >
> > I agree that most black currants are self fruitful and that another
> > cultivar increases yields. I also reccomend a second variety to help extend
> > the harvest time.
> >
> > Titania is a variety that is resistant (immune) to WPBR and is a very high
> > yielding variety. It has been accepted by some of the states that have
> > restrictions on growing black currants.
> >
> > Ed Mashburn
> > Northumberland BerryWorks
> > 707 Front Street
> > Northumberland, PA  17857
> > (570) 473-9910
> > WWW.currants.com
> > Ed@currants.com
> --
> Thomas Olenio
> Ontario, Canada
> Hardiness Zone 6a