How and when does currant bloom
For professional and even amateur growing currants, you need to know the structure of the bush, in particular the location of the inflorescence. Without studying the nuances of flowering, it will be quite difficult to plant a crop on the site. Information on what the blackcurrant inflorescence is and where this part of the plant is located, you will find below.
What is blackcurrant inflorescence and where is it located
Blackcurrant inflorescence is a multi-flowered brush in which buds bloom. Then in their place berries are tied. The brushes are on the shoots and are located along their entire length under the leaf plates.
What does an inflorescence look like?
The inflorescence has the form of a drooping brush. The average length of this part of the plant is 5 cm, its size can vary from 3 to 8 cm. Each inflorescence has 5-10 flowers. Pedicels grow to 0.8 cm, sometimes short from 0.3 to 0.5 cm are found. The buds are attached using bracts, which have a length of not more than 0.2 cm.
Did you know? Bees living near large currant plantations collect pollen from the plant for the production of honey, which has a pleasant sweet taste and is transparent in color like water. Flowers are like bells. Each bud has five petals of an elongated-oval shape. The color of the flowers is lilac, light pink or grayish pink. From the outside on the petals there is pubescence.
When the currant blooms
The plant blooms from late May to early June. The duration of flowering is 10-15 days. In some cases, plants go through the budding stage for 8–23 days. Duration depends on the climatic conditions of the current year, the condition of the plant and other additional factors. In order for the flowers to bloom on time in the bush, provide the plant with a sufficient amount of lighting. In a strong shadow, the life cycle of a crop is most often disrupted, resulting in lower yields. Did you know? Blackcurrant juice is often used in cooking as a food coloring. The product is great for preparing organic products and baby food.
Statistics on the beginning of flowering vary by region. Approximate start dates for budding in different areas:
- middle lane - May 15–20;
- Leningrad Region - May 20;
- Udmurtia and Perm Region - May 19–24;
- Kirov region - May 25 - June 5;
- Western Siberia - May 20-30.
The timing of flowering depends on the variety. Some shrubs begin budding earlier than average. For example, at the earliest possible date, a variety of Primorsky champion blooms. The buds of the plant in the West Siberian region open on May 11th. The same variety showed the result on May 31 due to adverse weather. Cultures such as Black Lisavenko and Golubka in Western Siberia enter the budding phase around May 13. The latest flowering in these varieties began on June 5.
Important! Varieties of currants are divided into self-fertile and infertile. To set berries on shrubs of the second type, it is necessary to plant pollinator crops nearby. Now you know that the inflorescence of a currant bush is the same as the brush of a plant. Having studied the information above, it is easy to choose a variety of currants depending on the flowering time for your region.