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Red currant plant

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Generality of the Red currant plant:

The Currant plant is a deciduous shrub, with a size close to 120-150 cm, it is widespread in Europe, North America and Asia. It constitutes a vigorous stump, from which erect, cylindrical, rigid, scarcely branched stems branch off; the leaves are deep green and have 3-5 lobes, with a toothed margin. In spring it produces small clusters consisting of 15-20 whitish flowers, which, in late spring or early summer, give way to small rounded, shiny, pulpy fruits with a very aromatic flavor. Currant is used for fresh consumption, or to prepare fruit preserves or as a flavoring.

  • Vase 18cm, Height 40 / 50cm
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  • Vase 18cm, Height 40 / 50cm

Generality of the Red currant plant:

The currant plant is a small shrub belonging to the category of small fruits or berries, and is very interesting because it is quite simple to grow and well productive.The currant plant is part of the grossulariaceae or saxifragaceae family, it forms a bush medium sized without thorns that sheds during the winter. The fruits are formed in clusters along small twigs. Its contained but upright posture and the lively color of the berries make this fruit plant ornamental, therefore it is suitable not only for cultivation in the vegetable garden but also for being in a garden context. By placing a row of properly pruned plants, you can create a low hedge, useful for dividing spaces, but also for sheltering other plants in the garden from the wind, without taking away too much sun. The tolerance to partial shade areas makes it useful for populating less used areas, being a perennial crop it does not need to be sown every year. The red currant has a characteristic sour and acid taste, particularly suitable for characterizing fruit salads, where it dampens the sweetness of other fruits. The shrub generally reaches a height of 150/170 cm, in some cases it reaches two meters. Red currant, like all berries in nature, is mainly composed of water: the quantity can reach 80 percentage points. In addition to this, it has a high concentration of vitamins of groups A, B, C and K, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium, zinc, phosphorus and potassium. It has been used in traditional medicine and in herbal medicine since ancient times, above all because it seems to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, as well as an excellent diuretic. In addition, it seems to act on the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands which, despite being the stress hormone, is useful for preparing the body to fight infections and external pathogenic agents. Finally, it is a well digested fruit, even if actual data on possible intolerances are not available, since consumption is limited compared to other cornerstones of nutrition.

Cultivation and Care of the Red currant plant:

The Currant plant, for a greater production of fruits prefer to be planted in a sunny place, or in any case very bright; in fact, however, these plants develop without problems even in the shade or in partial shade. They do not fear the cold, even during particularly harsh winters; in places with very hot summers they need to be shaded, especially during the months of July and August. Currants planted in places with particularly high annual averages may not produce fruit. These shrubs are generally satisfied with the rains and do not need large quantities of water; in periods of prolonged drought and during the ripening of the fruit, occasional watering is recommended. In spring and autumn, bury some mature organic fertilizer at the foot of the stump. Currant loves deep, loose and rich in organic matter soils; it is generally able to adapt to any type of soil, except those that are too wet or acidic. The currant plants tend to produce numerous basal suckers, which bear fruit starting from the second year for 2-3 years; generally we tend to prune the branches that have already fructified for some years and also some of the new basal suckers if these are very numerous.

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