Currant plants prefer a location with morning sun, part shade in the afternoon, and good air circulation. The north sides of building are also excellent for currant. When soil temperatures exceed 85 degrees the plants will collapse. Currants prefer heavy soils that are rich in clay and have good moisture retention qualities. They will not tolerate alkaline or salty soils. An acceptable soil pH for currants is between 5.5 and 7.0. Currant fruits are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. It is a good source for potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K. They are used jellies, pies, sauces, and toppings. Currants also are used in wine making.
Prune currants when the plants are dormant in late winter or early spring. Remove any branches that lie along the ground and all dead and diseased branches. After the first year of growth remove all but 6 to 8 of the most vigorous stems. Pruning yearly and regularly will keep younger canes that will produce more fruit. A strong and healthy mature plant should have about 8 canes that bear fruit. Replace some of the older canes with younger canes for top production.