Ribes Rubrum Weisse Versailles White Currant Ribes Rubrum Weisse Versailles is an old variety of deciduous French white currant with sweetly tart and very juicy berries that ripen in late July. This tried and tested currant bush is a deciduous, self-fertile white currant with upright branches that are strong enough to hold its heavy crops of pale-yellow currants. Fruits ripen in late July and have a sweet but tart flavour.
In spring, serrated three-lobed foliage appears on arching stems. Foliage is followed in April and May by hanging racemes of pale green flowers that have the RHS Plants for Pollinators title. These little flowers form star shapes and measure approximately 1 cm across. All foliage matures into a pretty yellow shade before falling in late autumn frosts.
This is an older variety of white currant that has reliably stood the test of time and is still popular in kitchen gardens today.
Height And Spread of Ribes Rubrum Weisse Versailles White Currant Weisse Versailles will reach 1.5 metres tall and spread over the same distance over five to ten years. It grows best when it’s not overshadowed so choose a planting spot that’s not over-crowded.
How Hardy Is Ribes Rubrum Weisse Versailles White Currant Weisse Versailles is very hardy and will withstand UK winters including sub-zero temperatures if it's planted in well-drained soil.
How To Use Ribes Rubrum Weisse Versailles Ribes Weisse Versailles suits a kitchen garden, orchard style planting, and wildlife gardens. It attracts pollinators to other less scented vegetables and fruits benefiting a productive food garden even if you are not keen on white currants. This French white currant will happily grow in the border, cordoned along a fence line, or in a large well-watered and well-fed container on the patio. The white currants make excellent ice-cream toppings, are very tasty baked into pies, and they freeze well.
How to Care For Ribes Rubrum Weisse Versailles: White currants are not as fussy as blueberries and Ribes Rubrum Weisse Versailles is especially undemanding. It will grow in most moist soils and prefers a sunny to partially shady spot that’s sheltered from cold drying winds. Keep this tasty white currant watered to ensure the best fruit production and give it a thick layer of well-rotted manure in spring, especially if the soil is dry. Take care to protect fruits from birds with netting early on in the season if you intend to eat them.