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How much to water the currant

Currants need a lot of moisture. It should therefore be watered abundantly with the sole care of avoiding stagnation of water. Understanding when it’s time to water again is simple: just touch the ground and make sure it’s dry. Only after this little precaution can the plant be watered again. Stagnant water is dangerous as it expose the currant to a radical depletion, both of the leaves and berries. In general, if the climate of the area is temperate, the plant should be watered abundantly every 2-3 weeks. If the currant is grown in a particularly cold area, watering should be provided approximately every 4 weeks. The essential thing is to always make sure, through touch, of the condition of the ground and remove the

How to grow currants


Cultivating the currant is very simple and does not require particular caution. It adapts well to any type of soil, with a slight preference for clayey or siliceous soils. It can be successfully grown in pots, with the only care to prepare a light soil or simply peat. It is advisable to start from already born seedlings, as the cultivation of the seeds is very difficult and does not always offer guarantees of success. The planting of the plant can be carried out at any time of the year, although usually the one that goes from November to March is preferred. To keep your currant always luxuriant it is necessary to proceed with a careful pruning. During the first year it will be enough to keep only the 7-8 most luxuriant branches and cut the others using well-sharpened shears.

When to fertilize currants


The fertilization of the currant can take place in two distinct phases. In spring it is necessary to use potassium nitrate to be administered twice fifteen days apart, while in autumn ammonium sulphate is the correct choice to prepare the soil and the plant for the harsh winter climate. Before the cold arrives, manure can be used as an organic fertilizer to offer additional nutritional support to these small shrubs. In the presence of light soils it is sometimes advisable to supplement the foliar apparatus with magnesium. Particular attention should also be paid to fertilizing the soil before planting the currant. If it is believed that the soil is deficient, it is necessary to intervene with a preventive fertilization that includes a strong dose of nitrogen and potassium.

Currants: Exposure and possible diseases


The currant is not afraid of the cold and tolerates the cold winter very well. Thanks to this robustness, it is able to adapt even to adverse weather conditions. It is essential to preserve it from a too hot climate, preferring a partial shade exposure that allows it not to suffer too much from excessive heat. Pests such as aphids and mealybugs can create numerous problems for the currant. For this reason, the branches that reveal their presence must be immediately cut using well disinfected shears. Subsequently, it is necessary to proceed with the use of a suitable fertilizer. The leaves can be affected by powdery mildew and anthracnose. Both pathologies lead to leaf fall. Avoiding them is simple, you just need to constantly make sure of the presence or absence of stagnant water that causes the asphyxiation of the

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