Growing Whitecurrants at the Allotment

Growing Whitecurrants at the Allotment

Whitecurrants are a form derived from redcurrants, but with pale, translucent fruits and taste quite like grapes. They grow in the same way as gooseberries and redcurrants in full sun or light shade.

Dormant bareroot trees can be planted during winter to early spring and container grown Whitecurrants can be planted any time. Plant them in a sunny, sheltered position in a hole as deep as the root ball. 

Plant the Whitecurrant plant in well-drained, moist soil, dig in some well-rotted manure or compost and add mulch to retain moisture and supress the weeds. You may need to support your Whitecurrant with stakes or, alternatively, plant against a fence or wall.

Water well until the Whitecurrant plant is established. Container grown plants will require regular watering as compost dries out quicker.

Pruning and training can be done twice per year to aide fruiting and shape. The fruits form on the previous years' wood growth and can be pruned in the same way as gooseberries

The Whitecurrant plant will require protection from birds and frosts. Be mindful of other pests and diseases too.

Whitecurrants are ready to be harvested July-August, by cutting off the whole bunch/es. Whitecurrants can be eaten fresh or cooked in desserts and jams. Whitecurrants can be frozen for storage.


Growing Whitecurrants in Summary

Planting Whitecurrants

  • Plant dormant bareroot trees in winter to early spring
  • Container grown can be planted any time
  • Plant in a sunny, sheltered position

Growing Whitecurrants

  • Water well until it is established
  • Prune and train
  • Protect against birds and frosts

Harvesting Whitecurrants

  • Harvest July-August
  • Cut off whole bunches
  • Eat fresh, cooked desserts or jams and can be frozen