**Quantities are very limited for 2023. We are limiting orders per cultivar:
- Blackcomb: 500
- Nicola: none
- Stikine: 100
- Tahsis: 50
- Whistler: 100
ABOUT McGINNIS CULTIVARS
McGinnis black currants were developed by McGinnis Berry Crops Limited in British Columbia, Canada through decades of breeding. These cultivars are the only new, commercial black currant cultivars bred within North America in over 50 years – since Consort and siblings were first bred to have resistance to White Pine Blister Rust. Currently, five cultivars have been released and are available for purchase. Additional cultivars are under evaluation for potential release in the coming years. McGinnis cultivars lead the industry with high yields, disease resistance, and outstanding flavor profiles. Please contact us if you are not sure which cultivars are right for your farm.
Canopy is the exclusive US source for McGinnis black currant plants. Canopy took over US nursery production after Dick McGinnis retired in 2021. We can also ship bulk orders to Canada. During this transition time, there is a major plant material bottleneck. This has severely limited plants sales in 2022 and 2023.
All McGinnis cultivars are protected. Asexual propagation of cultivars is illegal. A signed non-propagation agreement is required prior to shipment.
Canopy is working with the Savanna Institute to continue the McGinnis breeding legacy. Novel crosses are being made and offspring evaluated to develop the next generation of top currant cultivars for the North American industry. All black currant plant prices include a 15% royalty fee, which goes directly to the Savanna Institute to support ongoing breeding efforts.
Recommended plant spacing is :
- Machine harvest: 2′ within rows and at least 12′ between rows, although some mechanical harvesters require greater spacing between rows.
- Hand harvest: 4′ within rows and at least 8′ between rows (though keep in mind your tractor/mower width!)
Black currants require the following soil/climate conditions:
- Soil depth: at least 12″
- Soil pH: 5.5 – 7 (if you are outside this range, you can adjust with soil ammendments)
- Chilling hours: at least 800
- USDA plant hardiness zones: 2-9
- Summer days with max temperature greater than 90˚F: There is no hard and fast rule on this, but, in general, if you are in zones 7+ you will want to make sure that your currant plants are at least partially shaded during the hottest portions of the day.
WE *DO* SHIP PLUGS. All 2023 currants are plugs. Plugs are 2″ in diameter and 5″ deep.