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Prickly Currant Plant - Growing Prickly Currant Plant


Image from Melbourne Bushfood


    Native Currant is a medium sized tropical plant which produces dark red berries and is native to Queensland and New Guinea. The berries are red in color at mid ripening and bitter but they get darker and sweeter as they ripen. The berries are formed between summer and autumn and grow in clusters forming a spectacular view.

    The berries are edible and can be eaten raw or processed into jams and jellies.
    The tree can also be used as a decorative tree to add delight to the garden/compound.

    Image from Melbourne Bushfood

    Good for:

    - Beginners

    - Frost 

    - Drought


    Water

    Moderate

    Sunlight

    Full sun/Part Shade

    Size

    Up to 5m high and 2.5m wide

    Planting

    Planting


    For best results, plant in a loamy, well-drained soil, and place your plant in full sun. You can also grow in part shade for reasonable results. This dense, prickly bush typically grows up to 5m tall and 2.5m wide. It's the perfect little fruiter for a patio or balcony garden.


    Frost tolerance


    Native Currant is supposed to be a frost tolerant plant and can survive frost of up to -5 degrees, but if you live a cold climate we recommend to protect it during Winter and don’t over water it.


    Sunlight

    This lovely species does exemplary well in full sun and fairly well in part shade.





    Maintenance

    Watering & Drought Tolerance


    Water moderately at tender age. is drought tolerant at maturity age. Ensure the soil is completely dry before watering.


    Fertilizing


    Fertilizing should be done before blooming season. If you grow in pots, use Osmocote premium potting mix and low Phosphorus Native Fertiliser. 

    Harvesting


    Harvesting should be done when the fruit is almost ripe to avoid damaging the fruit when fully ripe. Allow the fruit to fully ripen at home. Harvesting can be done by handpicking the fruits directly from the tree. 

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