Kantata 50 Black Currant
Along with our other new varieties, we discovered the Kantata 50 black currant at the USDA Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Oregon. Originally from the former Soviet Union, Kantata 50 black currant features heavy crops of large, juicy, sweet, low acid fruit, with the delectable black currant flavor. A good variety for the first time grower of black currant, the berries are great eaten fresh from this attractive, disease resistant, compact shrub.
Latin Name: Ribes nigrum
Site and Soil: Currants like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Currants are self-fertile.
Hardiness:Currants are hardy to minus 40F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3-5 ft. in height
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: July
Yield: 10-20 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Currants are not bothered by significant pest or disease problems in our region. White Pine Blister Rust can be a problem for Black Currants in certain eastern and Midwestern states. Check with your extension service for details.
USDA Zone: 3
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3, 1-6, 15-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 34-43