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*Ben Sarek Blackcurrant Bushes


Collection of orders by arrangement preferred but online orders also accepted for despatch usually within 5-7 working days.


Frost resistant
Mildew resistant
Good all round
Heavy cropping
For juicing

We were pleased to be the first to introduce this completely new type of blackcurrant raised by the Scottish Crop Research Institute. Ben Sarek is a new, compact variety and is the first of a new range of highly productive small bush hybrids, specifically raised for planting at a closer spacing and still giving a heavier crop per bush, so perfect for garden culture. Ben Sarek flowers at the same time as Baldwin, the standard mid-season variety, but is much more tolerant of frost and cold, and fruits approximately 7-10 days earlier. It forms a small, compact bush that rarely exceeds 3' in height and should he planted closer together to give the best results. A spacing of 3' apart would be ideal, or even closer at 11/2' if grown as a hedge. The fruits are very large and borne in such abundance as to defy description. A complete mass of high quality, large, bright black berries. The flavour is excellent and ideal for all normal uses. In Ministry of Agriculture trials in the heart of England, Ben Sarek gave the heaviest crop of all varieties even outyielding Ben More by 30%. The massive crop of berries is easily harvested by simply shaking the branches vigorously when the fruits are ripe. Frost resistant. Mildew resistant, excellent flavour. High quality, large fruits and a cropping potential that is second to none. Its only disability is that the branches can be borne down by the incredible weight of the crop, but in our gardens these are easily supported just prior to ripening time by simply tying round with a piece of string. Every garden can grow blackcurrants with this superb new compact variety, even in containers if you wish. Superb, a real triumph for the Scottish Crop Research Institute and highly recommended by them for garden culture. Very, very highly recommended. The best garden variety in cultivation.

Sending a tree through the post isn't easy, so our parcels are expertly packed to keep your goods in the best condition. There is no surcharge on the delivery of larger parcels/orders.

Tree size as supplied varies but is usually between 3.5' - 4.5' on despatch. A few varieties might be slightly smaller, some a little bigger, of course it does vary but this is a good average. WE SUPPLY YOUNG TREES - and are proud to do so. Although we are sometimes requested to supply older/bigger trees, the percieved advantages are outwighed by disadvantages! Older trees take longer to establish and will fruit no more quickly. The young trees we send out grow away and establish so quickly and healthily & often yield within 1 season of planting. Our customers even report fruits the first year of planting! All professional fruit growers prefer to plant young trees rather than older.

Our soft fruit bushes are usually 2 years old.
Everything is stringently graded, grown on the nursery and well packed!

  • No need to be in - You can request your parcel to be left in a safe place, or stipulate an alternative delivery address, at the checkout.
  • Free 16 page booklet with every order dealing with all aspects of fruit growing.

Gold Standard Health & Quality

Chris Bowers' Gold StandardWe have in place very rigorous standards for the health, providence and uniformity of all our fruiting plants & trees. Our Nursery and the stock we grow is inspected and passported for health regularly by DEFRA experts [formerly the Ministry of Agriculture] and we have in place our own stringent controls and inspection programmes to ensure our fruiting bushes and trees are the best, most disease free stocks available and truly beyond compare.

We always propagate from certified stock where this exists and have the highest standards regarding providence and grading. If only the very best will do - as it should - then you can rely on a Chris Bowers fruiting plant to give the most exemplary results available. We firmly believe that only the very healthiest stock can and does produce vastly superior results - and it shows.

Our Guarantee

We are proud of each & every plant & tree we despatch from our Nursery. If it fails to thrive or live up to your expectations we will replace or refund it. This is in addition to your statutory rights. We may rarely ask for details of care and cultivation given to it, or arrange for a return of the item for inspection, to assist in our own programme of improvement.