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These small bushes (1.5m to 2m tall), are best suited to cool to cold climates and damp conditions. Sorry Auckland and Northland gardeners, currants aren't a good choice for you – they need winter chill to produce a good crop of fruit. Buy them as cuttings or bare rooted plants, treat them well and they'll last many years. You can normally expect fruit after a couple of years.
Blackcurrants fruit during December and January, borne on wood from the previous season. Redcurrants are slightly different, as they produce fruit from spurs on older wood.
You can prune out old wood immediately after fruiting to encourage new growth, but it's not as essential as the winter prune. Cut back old fruiting branches to a strong shoot, aiming to reduce the size of the bush by about 1/3.