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Blackcurrant varieties

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Ben Hope Protected by Plant Variety Rights in the UK, Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands.

Parentage: Westra x (238/36 x EM21/15)
Flowering: 2 days after Ben Lomond.
Cropping season: Harvest is usually 10 days later than Ben Lomond.
Productivity: Yields are consistently high and fruit is acceptable for commercial production.
Growth Habit: Vigorous and upright-growing bush.
Fruit Quality: Medium sized berry with good sensory qualities.
Disease and Pest Resistance: Has a high level of resistance to blackcurrant gall mite based on the Ce gene. As a consequence, it may be amenable to low-input growing systems. Has good resistance to both mildew and leaf spot.

Ben Hope