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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.