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Cold Hardy Fruit Trees and Products for Sale

Restrictions: State laws prohibit our shipping red, white, and pink Currants to North Carolina, New Hampshire, West Virginia. The Black Currants are prohibited in the states mentioned above, as well as Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Rhode Island. New Jersey requires the grower of black currants to purchase an annual permit with two annual inspections a year. See more info here.


Black Currant


Ribes nigrum Ben series of black currants from the Mylnefield Research Station in Scotland, estimated to account for 50% of global production. Shipped plants are at least 4" tall and well rooted in 2.5" pots. USA Gardener recommends pruning the canes back to 2 buds to promote vigorous growth. See Organic Black Currant Production Manual for more information.

Ben Connan
This is an early variety of black currant with large berries that was released by Mylnefield specifically for the fresh market. It is high yielding and shows even and uniform ripening. It has large, deep black berries (187 Connan berries vs. 206 Lomond berries in 250 grams fruit) with a pleasant acid/sweet flavour. Of medium size, its compact growth habit makes it suitable for both mechanical fruit harvesting, u-pick farms and the home garden market. Great for fresh eating, jams, preserves, canning but needs to be harvested good and ripe for best sweetness. Not recommended for juice.

Ben Hope
Ben Hope is widely planted commercially in Britain for several reasons. It is a tall, vigorous and upright plant with genetic resistance to black currant gall mite. Fruit is easy to mechanically harvest since the plant is taller and the fruit is at the right height on the plant. Yields are consistently high with medium sized currants that are good for juicing. It has good resistance to both mildew and leaf spot. Ben Hope is also suited for the fresh market because of its larger berries and good flavour. It ripens in mid-season.

Ben Sarek
Another good cultivar for the fresh market with high yield and large berries. It forms a small, compact bush of medium vigour and would be suitable for the grower looking for high yield per unit area. Easy to manage and harvest. Early ripening. Not recommended for juice.

Ben Tirran
This is a high yielding (15,100 lb/ac), late cultivar with pleasant tasting medium sized berries. It flowers a little later than other Ben series black currants so it has reasonable tolerance to spring frosts. Growth habit is upright and vigourous. Fruit is suitable for both juice and jams, for commercial and u-pick operations, and home gardens.

Tiben is known for its high yield, high levels of anthocyanins and vitamin C as well as its even ripening, upright growth and resistence to mildew. It is reported to be relatively resistant to White Pine Blister Rust in Poland. In comparative yield studies it was shown that Tiben recorded higher yields than 'Ben Lomond' (both medium-late). 'Tiben' ('Titania' × 'Ben Nevis') also had strong growth and a resistance to powdery mildew [Sphaerotheca mors-uvae] similar to 'Titania' (from Organic Black Currant Production Manual




Technical note: I'm sorry for the lack of info on the following varieties; web page got trashed and I'm in the process of rebuilding it.


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Gloire des sablons

Ribes rubrum Produces long clusters of beautiful pink fruit. Productive, vigorous plant. Shipped plants are at least 5" tall and well rooted in 2.5" pots.

Pink Champaigne

A very tasty currant for fresh eating and processing. A vigorous upright bush, free of leaf diseases, with lovely translucent pink fruit.



Jonkeer van Tets

Red Lake





Rovada Red Currant


Ribes rubrum Rovada was introduced from Holland in 1990. It produces heavy crops of large translucent berries born in long clusters. It can be eaten fresh or processed into sparkling red jams or jellies. Rovada currants are shipped bareroot.


Red Josta Jostaberry


Hinomaki Red

Jahn's Prairie

Pixwell (Xtra Large)

Tixia (Xtra Large)




White Versailles

White Pearl White Currant

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Ribes rubrum These currants produce heavy clusters of white, translucent berries with a pink blush. Deliicious in jams or jellies, they can also be eaten fresh.

Currants only fruit on wood produced the previous year. After planting, cut the shoots down to leave about 2 buds above ground level. This will encourage a strong root system to develop. Do not cut away any shoots the following winter. In the third or fourth winter, cut some of the old wood out of the bush and any crossing or crowded shoots, to make room for new shoots the following year. As a general rule, it is best to cut out a third of the old wood each year, making the cut as close to the soil level as possible.

Currants are self-pollinating.

Keep the bushes well watered especially the first year, and mulching is beneficial.



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