Blackcurrant 'Big Ben'
Ribes nigrum Blackcurrant Big Ben
Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Big Ben is an outstanding early season variety with many excellent qualities. Its standout feature however is that it produces enormous blackcurrants – two or three times the size of other varieties. Developed especially for the fresh market, the fruit has a soft shiny skin and is extremely sweet – particularly so when eaten straight from the bush! Mature bushes of this variety develop a slightly arching habit which makes the fruit easier to pick and enables the plants to be wire-trained if so desired. Resistant to powdery mildew and leaf spot.
Plant distance: 1.5m apart in rows 2m apart
Height & Spread: 1.5m x 1m
Cropping season: July, approx. 10 days after Ben Lomond
Comes in a 3L pot