Pruning Currant Plants
My currant bushes have been producing well for several years. The plants are getting large and outgrowing their location. How and when can I prune them to control their size but still have a large harvest?
Currants produce fruit on growth from old wood. The goal is to maintain a plant with 4 to 6 of each 1, 2 and 3 year old stems. Start by pruning out damaged, broken and 4 year or older stems. I prefer to prune in late winter. The plants recover quickly and I can take care of winter damage while doing regular yearly pruning. Prune each year to maintain the plant's size, health and productivity.
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