About Redcurrant Jonkheer Van Tet
This early modern Dutch variety is one of the earliest cultivars. It is strong growing and consistently produces heavy yields of large juicy fruit that hang on long trusses for easy picking. The currants are juicy and have an excellent flavour so it’s no wonder that they are rated very highly by enthusiasts and growers alike. This variety does best when grown as a cordon.
- Self fertile
- Plant 1.5m apart
- Height & Spread 1.8mm x 1.5m
- Crops July
An ideal fruit to grow in a container or small garden, the redcurrant is a popular early-season fruit that produces yields from early July . This is a hardy and easy to grow plant that is great for new growers and expert cooks alike. Thick woody stems produce light green serrated leaves and dangling clusters of round red fruit. A tart, but refreshing fruit that goes well with yogurt, ice cream or on its own the sweet juice of the redcurrant goes amazing well with lemonade or if crushed up with gin and tonic water. This hardy redcurrant produces fruits rich in vitamin C that will grow without splitting.
How to look after red currants
Red Currants prefer moist, well-drained soil in full sun, or light shade. Feed with a liquid fertilizer once in the spring to encourage a good yield. Repot every 2-3 years into the same pot or slightly larger. Trim back some of the roots and tease away the old soil replacing it with fresh compost. Trim twice-yearly and In July, trim all new side shoots to 5 leaves. In winter, cut back main stems by half and any side shoots back to 2 buds. Any stems that are damaged, dead or out of place can also be removed.
How do you harvest redcurrants?
In early to mid-summer, the plant will produce small white or pink flowers that will soon fall off to reveal the young fruit. Over the next few months, the fruit will grow inside and change from green to red. Once the whole fruit has gone red you can harvest the fruit by pinching it and twisting it off the stem. Avoid pulling the fruit as it may not come off completely.
How do you store redcurrants?
Once picked a redcurrant will not last long. If you want to preserve your fruits for longer you can either blend the fruits into a thick juice which you can freeze or freeze whole fruits in an airtight bag.