How to Prune Golden Currant


The delicious golden currant is known for its flavor in jams and jellies, and also is enjoyed by birds and other wildlife. While the berries are the reward, another nice aspect for golden currant growers is that the plant requires minimal pruning to keep your plant healthy and productive. Much like the forsythia and lilac, the golden currant produces flowers on the growth of the previous year, so pruning should be done only after flowering.

Step 1

Wait until the plant has bloomed and the yellow or "golden" flowers have been spent. Check the branches for old or dead growth by looking for limbs with few or no leaves.

Step 2

Clip the dead shoots by cutting them at the base of the plant about an inch above the soil level. Avoid cutting healthy shoots.

Step 3

Prune again only after five to 10 years and dead wood is noticed. Because golden currants are productive on their own, regular yearly pruning is not necessary, making it easy to maintain.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't shear the plant to create overall pruning or shaping. The golden currant cannot be productive the next year if pruned this way.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruners
  • Garden gloves
  • Goggles


  • Vegetable Gardening: Your ultimate guide; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
  • Information on golden currant
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Writing from Virginia, Margaret Telsch-Williams specializes in personal finance, money management, gardening, crafts and sewing, cooking, DIY projects and travel. When not writing instructional articles online, she works for the website Widescreen Warrior as a contributor and podcast co-host discussing all things film and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master's degree in writing.