|Early spring blooms of the Red-flowering currant|
I used two Red-flowering currants in my native landscaping, and I couldn't be happier with them. They've been problem free for the two years since planting them, and they've quickly grown from single small sticks to full, beautiful bushes. I've caught glimpses of hummingbirds enjoying the blooms, but haven't been quick enough to catch them on camera yet.
|Red-flowering currant (left) about two months after planting|
Red-flowering currants can grow quite large - 8 to 10 feet tall and wide, or more. But if you know how to prune them, they can easily be kept to an appropriate size for almost any placement. Since Red-flowering currants bloom on old wood, the best time to prune is just after blooming. This encourages new growth and more blooms the next year. Depending on how small you want to keep the bush, choose a pair of buds and prune just above. You should also prune out any dead branches and a few of the oldest branches or canes every year.
|Same bush one year after planting|
|The same bush two years after planting|