[NAFEX] Redstart Currant

loneroc loneroc at mwt.net
Sun Apr 17 07:16:40 EDT 2005


Is it too late to get on your Crandall List?  If not please contact me off
line at loneroc at mwt.net.  Thanks.

Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI

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Sent: Saturday, April 16, 2005 6:15 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Redstart Currant

> It's finally spring.  As usual, everything is full of promise.  Lots of
> flower buds on my baby apricot, and most everything made it through the
> winter.  Buds swelling right and left.  I think this is my favorite
> season to garden - nothing has been destroyed by insects, eaten by
> deer, etc., yet.
> I did have one winter failure.  My redstart currant, which has been
> ailing ever since I transplanted it a couple of years ago.  Maybe if I
> had cut back the top more, it would have made it. . .?  Anyhow, I
> really liked the cultivar.  It has an attractive growth habit, it has
> tasty fruit (yes, I think some red currants taste better than others)
> and it was extremely productive - which is probably what did it in -
> poor thing tried too hard to fruit when it should have been growing
> more root.
> If anyone could sell me a redstart currant, either this spring or this
> fall, I would be grateful.  Massachusetts has a complicated patchwork
> of laws regarding  currants (red ones are legal in some counties, but
> not others) and even though it is legal to ship red currants to my
> address, most of the big operations don't want to bother keeping track
> of the Mass. laws, and just restrict the whole state.  So it's hard for
> me to shop for specific cultivars.  (I got mine from Nourse, which is
> located in Mass., and actually tracks the country-by-county laws.  But
> they have replaced it with Rovada in their catalog.)
> Thanks,
> Ginda
> p.s.  I see that my Crandall currant is beginning to sprout.  In
> another week or two or three, I should be able to dig up some suckers
> for the people who asked for them.
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