[NAFEX] Clove Currant

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed Apr 6 00:08:47 EDT 2005

I've had Crandall for many years.  A single bush will set fruit just 
fine, so that's not a worry. Some forms of clove currant DO need a 
second bush, but not that selection.  The flowers are what have the 
aroma.  They are sweet, though for me the skin has a slight astringency 
so that you don't care to eat THAT many of them fresh.  They do root 
from cuttings, though not as easily as other currants.  Dividing a bush 
is easier.  The bushes grow in full sun.  Hector Black could tell you 
about how they do in the eastern climate.  He has them in Tennessee.  
They are quite clean here in the west.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Apr 5, 2005, at 9:05 PM, Regina Kreger wrote:

I'm interested in planting some Clove Currants. They sound wonderful!  
Fruit, flavor, fragrance, flowers, fall foliage, ffffff....  But I'm a 
bit confused.  Lee Reich, are you out there?  In your book, you say 
they need cross-pollination.  But also that it's hard to find any 
improved cultivars, and even what's sold as Crandall might be seedlings 
and variable quality. How to find two or more good ones?  If I were 
able to find two good cultivars (say... from someone on this list?), do 
they root from cuttings?  Could we propagate them some other way?  Will 
they thrive in my hot humid D.C. suburban summers?  I could spare some 
part shade, but for the fragrance ideal would be right in the full sun 
at the base of the back porch. Are they fragrant only when in bloom, or 
is the whole plant fragrant?
Yum, yum, yum.
Regina in Riverdale, Maryland, Zone 7
Novice fruit explorer
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