Currants and Gooseberries are woody, perennial shrubs that belong to the genus Ribes. They are native throughout the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. The Ribes species that are grown for their fruit tend to be extremely hardy, fast growing, deciduous, small, upright shrubs that yields glossy red, black or green berries. The fruit is an edible berry with firm glossy skin that contains several seeds which form on short lateral branches. Well established bushes can produce up to 5 kilograms of fruit during summer.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Grow currants and gooseberries in sun or in part shade such as on the north side of a building or under another tree.

    Is not fussy about soil type, but prefers deep loam soils with organic material. Sandy soils should be avoided for currants as they can dry out.

    During the warmer months apply a layer of mulch to conserve moisture, and increase fruit yield. This will add humus to the soil which will help moisten the shallow roots.

    Potted seedlings or cuttings can be planted in late spring or early summer.

    Moisture is the key for good fruit development, so keep currants well watered until fruit is harvested.

    Highly frost tolerant and does best in areas where winters are cold. Currants need cold winter chilling for successful fruiting. The optimum temperature for chill requirement is between 0°C-10°C.

    Develop an open framework to make fruit access easier. Prune lightly in autumn to maintain.shape.

    Space black currants and gooseberries about 1.2-1.5m apart and allow 3-3.5m between rows. Red currants should be planted 1-1.3m apart and 2.4-2.7m between rows as they do not grow as large. For smaller yards, spaces can be reduced.

    Currants and gooseberries can be grown against a wall or fence, or support with a fence or trellis.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young Bush

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1 cup (200g)

    Commercial Use: 250g

    Comments: Apply fertiliser early each spring and if the fertiliser is banded, band it 30cm from the base of the plant.


    Stage: 2 & 3+ Yrs Bush

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2-3 cups (400-600g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 750g

    Comments: Currants should be given an early spring feed and then again when plants begin to bloom and set fruit. Broadcast along the drip line (this should not extend beyond the canopy). Apply another application (side dress) at the same rate immediately after harvest.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.