I hate pruning. I get really nervous when I’m about to cut something off and get obsessed with reading how to prune the same bush in as many different books as possible before I make my first cut.
As I mentioned in an earlier post I had no Redcurrants this year. Unlike last year when I had tons of them. I think there’s a couple of reasons for this (fixable, hopefully). Firstly, the bush is a new one. I planted it in the Spring when the garden was finished so I wasn’t really expecting a bumper crop. Secondly, I didn’t prune the bush when I put it in the ground (too scared to) – hence there is a lot of growth around the edges and none in the middle. So, after consulting the RHS book of Fruit and Vegetable Gardening, I decided to take the plunge and summer prune my bush to five leaves on each branch.Â
Redcurrants fruit at the base of old wood and on spurs so I left all the spurs I could find and cut back each branch. Hopefully this will mean a more stocky, well-proportioned bush next season and each of my existing stems will fruit. Fingers-crossed.