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Do you want to know the secrets of Growing Angoor? Well, we have all the details to help on How to Grow Black Currant Fruit in India that will help you out in harvesting these fresh and juicy dark purple to black fruits!
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Famous as ‘Kaala Angoor’ in India, Blackcurrants are the same as regular green grapes, albeit the size and color. These fruits have an excellent tart flavor and they are also rich in vitamin C, which makes them great for both taste and health!
How to Grow Black Currant Fruit in India?
You can grow these vines from seeds but it will take a lot of time to reach the fruiting stage from this process. To save time, it will be a great idea to get a well-grown plant from a nearby nursery or a garden center. You can also grow them from cuttings. The process is listed below:
- Take a 5-7 inches long cutting from a healthy plant.
- Remove all the lower foliage, keeping the leaves intact on the top.
- Dip the end in a rooting hormone and plant it directly in the garden or in a pot filled with a well-draining growing medium.
- Water well and make sure it gets plenty of bright but indirect light.
- The cutting will start to show new growth in 3-5 weeks.
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Growing Blackcurrants in Pots
Yes! If you live in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, or Hyderabad where you don’t have a garden then don’t worry! You can grow this fruit in pots on a sunny balcony! Use at least 16-18 inches pot and make sure you stake the vine using a bamboo pole or trellis.
While growing it in pots, use a mix of all-purpose peat-based compost and amend it with a bit of sand and leaf mold/organic matter.
Requirements to Grow Black Currant Fruit in India
Sunlight / Location
If you are growing the plant in the garden, pick a location that gets morning sunlight for 2-3 hours and shade in the afternoon. Exposing the plant to the harsh afternoon sun of Indian summers can scorch the leaves.
For best fruits, make sure it gets mild direct sunlight for at least 3-4 hours.
For best fruits, amened the soil with plenty of organic matter and compost. Adding a handful or more of cow dung manure at the time of planting will help too.
The pH of the growing medium should be around 6 to 6.5 for best results. You can check that using a pH meter that you can buy from amazon.
Water the plant well to ensure the fruits turn out to be juicy and plump. You have to keep the growing medium slightly on the moist side always for the best growth. Do not let the soil dry out completely as it will result in smaller grapes.
The best method to follow is to water the plant when the topsoil feels a little dry to touch, which can be once in 2-4 days, depending on the season.
Taking Care of Black Currant Fruit in India
As it’s a vine, you will have to provide good support to the stems in order to help them take the weight of the fruits. For this, you can use a wooden or metal trellis.
Train the plant from a young age and direct the stems to the trellis so that they grow and grip them well.
Give the first prune when the plant grows to about 1-2 feet tall. Snip all the stems back to 2-4 inches. Yes, you read that right! Don’t worry. This will help the plant to grow back stronger and bushier.
From time to time, take off old and damaged stems from the plant. This will make room for the new stems, which will produce better quality fruits.
Winter is the best time to prune blackcurrants.
Fertilization / Feeding
Start feeding the plant from a young age. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted to 1/2 of its strength, once in 2-3 weeks. When the plant grows to about 2-3 feet tall, feed it once in 4-5 weeks. You can also topdress using composted manure once in 2 months for good results.
Pests and Diseases
Be careful about greenflies and aphids. Keep them away by using a strong jet of water or a neem oil solution.
In diseases, the plant is susceptible to mildew and leaf spots. To avoid these issues, do not spill water on the foliage and make sure the plant gets plenty of air circulation and indirect sun exposure.
The plant will be ready to harvest within 12-16 months from planting, depending on the variety. Pick them when they are dark black in color. You can taste one from the bunch before picking.
The fruits taste best when they are fresh but you can also freeze them for later use.
Note: Do not keep them long on the plant as they will be attacked by birds!