One of the highly regarded 'Ben' series of black currants developed by the Scottish Research Institute in the 1980's. All of them feature impressive disease resistance and consistently high production. Ben Hope has mid-to-large, flavourful, black berries that are preferred for juicing. The bush is vigorous, quite tall-approx. 2m (6'), and more upright growing than most, making the fruit easier to pick.
SELF-FERTILE | ZONE 3 | HARVEST : LATE JULY-EARLY AUG
Are the leaves disappearing on your currant or gooseberry bush in early summer? Most likely the currant sawfly larvae are at work. The British have a simple prevention that works surprisingly well. Spread a thin layer of wood ashes around the base of the shrub. Some local gardeners use straw and claim it works better yet.