Black Currant Ben Nevis in 3.5 inch pot. Nicely rooted plant. You choose amount!


Black Currant Ben Nevis (Ribes nigrum ‘Ben Nevis’) is a versatile and hardy deciduous shrub that belongs to the Grossulariaceae family. This particular variety of black currant is renowned for its exceptional fruit production and disease resistance, making it a popular choice among home gardeners and fruit enthusiasts alike.

With its compact and upright growth habit, the Black Currant Ben Nevis reaches a mature height of approximately 3-4 feet (90-120 cm), making it suitable for smaller gardens or container cultivation. The plant features attractive dark green foliage, which takes on vibrant hues of yellow and red during the autumn season. In early summer, clusters of small, fragrant yellow flowers give way to abundant clusters of deep purple-black berries, which are harvested for their sweet-tart flavor and numerous health benefits.

Planting Zone Information: Black Currant Ben Nevis thrives in temperate climates and is well-suited to planting zones 3-8. It can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils, but prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level (pH 5.5-7.0).

Growing Guide Instructions for Black Currant Ben Nevis from a 4″ Pot into the Ground:

  1. Selecting a Suitable Location:
    • Choose a location that receives full sun to partial shade, with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
    • Ensure the site has good air circulation and is protected from strong winds.
  2. Preparing the Soil:
    • Before planting, loosen the soil in a wide planting hole that is at least twice the size of the root ball.
    • Incorporate organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, into the soil to improve drainage and fertility.
  3. Planting the Black Currant Ben Nevis:
    • Remove the plant gently from the 4″ pot, being careful not to damage the roots.
    • Place the root ball into the prepared hole, ensuring the plant sits at the same level it was in the pot.
    • Backfill the hole with soil, firming it gently around the base of the plant.
  4. Watering and Mulching:
    • Water the newly planted black currant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots.
    • Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or straw, around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weed growth.
  5. Care and Maintenance:
    • Water the plant regularly, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged.
    • Prune the black currant in late winter or early spring to remove damaged or crossing branches, as well as to maintain an open and well-ventilated canopy.
    • Apply a balanced organic fertilizer in early spring and again after harvesting to provide essential nutrients.
  6. Harvesting:
    • Black Currant Ben Nevis typically begins fruiting in the second or third year after planting.
    • Harvest the ripe berries by gently grasping the clusters and pulling them away from the plant.
    • Enjoy the fresh berries or use them in a variety of culinary delights, such as jams, jellies, pies, and desserts.

By following these growing guide instructions, you can cultivate a thriving Black Currant Ben Nevis plant that will reward you with an abundance of delicious and nutritious berries for years to come. Happy gardening!



  • Full sun to Part shade, Zone 3
  • Ribes nigrum ‘Ben Nevis’
  • Blooms early to mid spring. Has a moderate growth rate.
  • Ben Nevis Black Currant is a small shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces clusters of black round berries which are usually ready for picking from mid to late summer. The berries have a tart taste and a juicy texture.
  • A medium-sized shrub grown for its tart black berries in summer, ideal for jam; quite stiff and upright, becoming looser with age; best for a reserved spot in the orchard or fruit garden, can be susceptible to mildew so allow for good air movement


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