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Nation of Gardeners results: Blackcurrant Ebony

March 21st, 2014 | Nation of Gardeners, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

We are all familiar with the traditional varieties of blackcurrant which produce small and round darkly coloured fruits, ideal for adding to pies and for making jam. However, modern blackcurrant breeding has produced two varieties which produce fruit more than double the size of standard types and, are sweet enough to eat straight from the bush. Blackcurrant Ebony is a variety selected for these qualities.

Our Nation of Gardeners were asked to plant Blackcurrant Ebony in February 2014 as part of a trial to test it’s yield and flavour.   The gardeners were asked to record details such as when the plant produces its first fruit from date of planting, yield and size of fruit, and the flavour to check for any variations around the country.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 17 February 11 March Planted in open ground in West facing part of garden.  4 degrees C at time of planting.
Renfrewshire 28m Planted to pots
North Devon 30-50m 20 February 3 March Planted in open ground in North East facing part of garden – intended to form part of an edible hedge eventually.  10 degrees C at time of planting. 3 March: new leaves forming
Worcestershire 55m 15 March 15 March Planted in open ground in South facing part of garden.  12 degrees C at time of planting.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m 15 February Planted in exposed site in very wet well manured soil
Ceredigion 131m 20 February 6 March Planted in open ground in South West facing part of garden.  8 degrees C at time of planting
Bristol 55m 17 February 19 February Planted in open ground in South facing part of garden.  10 degrees C at time of planting
Suffolk 6m 19 February Planted in open ground in West facing part of garden.
Hertfordshire 150m 19 February Planted in open ground in South East facing part of garden.
Surrey 58m 20 February 5 March Planted in raised bed in South East facing part of garden.  6 degrees C at time of planting.
Pontypridd 157m 20 February 28 February Planted in open ground in South facing part of garden.  16 degrees C high and zero degrees C low at time of planting.  Loads of buds on plant very strong and growth was soon seen.
Buckinghamshire 66m 21 February Planted into pots.
Guildford 56m 23 February 3 March Planted outside in raised beds. Trimmed down to a couple of inches to encourage bushy growth.  3 March: looks healthy with new shoots appearing.
Gloucestershire 74m
Moray
Derbyshire 241m Heeled in 15 Feb.  Planted properly 23 Feb 21 March Planted in open ground in South facing part of garden.  4 degrees C at time of initial heeling in. 8 March: buds unfurling.  20 April: first blossom