[nafex] Titania Black Currant - Self-Fertile?

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Thu Jan 26 09:16:03 EST 2012

Black currant bushes (stems and leaves) have the same distinctive scent as black currants, if you bruise them even slightly. So it's pretty easy to sort them from red currants.

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Sherlock Terry <sherlocksmith at gmail.com> wrote:

>I have a single Titania bush. It is a quick grower and self-fertile. I
>imagine you'll be able to sort out your plants pretty quickly because
>they fruit from a young age.
>On Jan 26, 2012, at 7:39 AM, Caren Kirk wrote:
>>  Hello Dan,
>> I have a rather neglected lonely blackcurrant (I forget which one)
>> despite a whole bunch of abuse it fruits every year. I am pretty sure
>> no-on else in the neighbourhood has one ( I believe I am the only 
>> fruit-obsessed nutter in the area), which leads me to believe it must
>> self-fertile.
>> I am not sure whether fruit set would be increased with another
>> personally I hardly ever know what to do with them (although I loved 
>> blackcurrant juice as a child in the UK). I got scared about planting
>> more because we have lots of white pines the we adore, but I am too
>> of a deliberator to get rid of it, even though it's in a unfavourable
>> position. So I guess the abuse will contine!
>> All that to say, I would say that there's a good chance your Titania 
>> will be self-fruitful. Let me know how the flavour is.
>> Caren Kirk
>> St. Jerome, QC
>> On 1/25/2012 10:59 PM, Dan Nave wrote:
>>> I had been under the impression that black currants were not
>self-fertile, but this description from
>>> a U of Minnesota write-up says Titania black currant is
>self-fertile.  Can anyone confirm this?
>>> This would be great for me because I planted quite a few plants and
>cuttings last spring of Titania
>>> and Jonkheer Van Tets (thanks to Sam Brungardt), but the
>identification tags had been lost so I
>>> don't know which is which until they fruit, and I may not have
>planted them near enough to another
>>> black current variety.  I guess the Jonkheer Van Tets at least will
>fruit since they are
>>> self-fertile red currants.  But, (Titania) being self-fertile should
>increase yield in any case.
>>> <http://fruit.cfans.umn.edu/garden/currantsgooseberries.htm>
>>>     */Titania/*
>>>     A very promising cultivar. High yields of large high-quality
>berries are borne earlier---within
>>>     three years after planting---than other cultivars. Very
>vigorous, tall plants are immune to
>>>     blister rust and have good resistance to powdery mildew.
>Self-fertile: no other variety need be
>>>     planted to get good crops from Titania.
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