Q: I was under the impression that there are male and female plants. So the plant will only fruit with both? And are yours specified?--I assume not. Would it be necessary to buy at least 3 plants to be sure to get both. Any way to be sure to get both?
A: They aren't male and female, but clones from the same plant will not produce fruit. You need two plants with different genetics. Our plants are not clones, so any two plants planted together will get pollinated and produce fruit.
Q: Is golden currant the same as clove currant? Does the one you offer have the same strong scent???
A: They are the same thing, and ours does have a strong scent.
Q: What are some good companion plants for Golden Current?
A: Fragrant sumac, Solomon's seal, Indian physic, roundleaf groundsel, downy skullcap, columbine, beak grain, and wild geranium could be decent companions.
Q: I'm looking for zarina or fatima cultivars of golden currant. Do you have a cultivar, or the wild type?
A: We do not have cultivars.
Q: Do the birds and other wildlife like the golden currant?
A: Yes, a number of songbirds and other wildlife consume the berries. Hummingbirds and bumblebees visit the flowers.
Q: Rides odoratum is hardy to what zone?
A: According to MO Botanical Garden, it is hardy from zone 4 to 8.
Q: How far apart do the two golden current plants need to be in order to cross pollinate? If they are on opposite sides of a 30-40 foot yard, will that worK?
A: That should work. They are pollinated by hummingbirds and bees.
Q: Will these be available again this year (2020)? Thanks!
A: Yes. They should be ready by fall if not sooner.
Q: Is golden currant tolerant of black walnut?
A: Numerous sources list Ribes as juglone-tolerant, meaning that it can be planted near black walnut.
Q: To get good fruit do I need a second species of American currant?
A: You need two golden currants in order for them to make fruit. They are not male and female, but they are not self fertile and can't pollinate themselves. You do not need a different species of Ribes, just more than one plant.
Q: I'm looking for tips on pruning Golden Currant. Time of year, how much to prune, etc.