Position – Full Sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period –Spring
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Ribes are deciduous or evergreen shrubs with erect, dark stems and ribbed, palmately lobed bright-green leaves to create a perfect colour contrast. Small tubular or bell-shaped flowers are held together, forming abundant bold clusters during spring and often summer. These are often followed by voluptuous and often edible berries. They are best suited to flower beds and borders within courtyard, cottage or informal garden settings. You can expect to see Ribes to grow to an approximate height and spread of 1.5m (5’).
Ribes are best planted in well-drained soil of chalk, clay, sand and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best located in a position of full sun but may happily grow in part shade if necessary – this may however result in fewer flowers and berries. At the time of planting, amend the planting area with garden compost and mix in well. Dig a hole that is as deep and as wide as the root ball and gently lower your plant into place. Backfill the planting area and water thoroughly to settle the soil.
As young plants, Ribes should be watered regularly until they are better established. During the spring, it may be appropriate to apply a mulch consisting of manure or compost to retain adequate moisture levels whilst providing additional nutrients. Ribes should not require pruning unless it is to remove old, dead or damaged wood. Deadhead spent flowers and cut back to fresh new growth.
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