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PlantFiles: Red Currant
Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake'

Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes (RYE-bees) (Info)
Species: rubrum (ROO-brum) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Lake

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By simple layering
By tip layering
By serpentine layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive drobarr On Jul 11, 2013, drobarr from Hummelstown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I purchased my Red Lake currant bare root in spring 2012 from Gurneys Seed & Nursery Co and planted it in full sun. It wasnt much more than a twig and did not fruit in 2012 though it did grow several new branches. It survived the winter well and set about 100 little red berries in 2013 ripening in mid June. Little berries are tart but very delicious to eat. Imaintain a thick hardwood mulch around it. I have not had any diseases or pests attack it but have had some birds eating the berries.

Positive Erutuon On Apr 26, 2011, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I planted a red currant two years ago (2009) in an afternoon sun location, though there's some shade in the middle of summer from our silver maple. It's done really well, fruited the first year, and I'm trying to grow it from cuttings to plant it in new locations. The first winter, I was worried that the winter sun was burning it, since it looked like the bark on new growth was peeling, but all the branches leafed out just fine.

Positive lupinelover On May 24, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This shrub is so easy to propagate! Cut twigs in the fall, place them in the ground, and they root by the following spring. Branches self-layer, or they can be pegged down to root.

The fruit makes wonderful jelly and juice, very high in pectin. It is fairly tart, so it is seldom eaten fresh.

Shrubs do best if given afternoon shade, especially in warm climates. Birds find the fruit as inviting as humans, so crop should be protected. Harvest by picking the entire string of berries, then remove the stems.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska
San Anselmo, California
Upland, California
Brookfield, Illinois
Prospect, Kentucky
Bay City, Michigan
Ely, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Grove City, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Orem, Utah
Langley, Washington

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