I have a black currant patch at my place on the AZ Strip and I was hoping to start a patch here. Does anyone know from experience if they will grow here or not? The info on the internet is very pessimistic. I am headed up next week and will bring home plenty to share if they have a chance at all to thrive.
I suspect currants (and gooseberries) will grow here, but I seriously doubt they will fruit. You might want to try growing them in several disparate microclimates on your Maricopa Co. property; especially the north and west facing walls where temperatures would be coldest in winter the longest.
I have been interested in trying for some time but consider it unlikely to succeed in fruiting here. 'Tseme' black currant is rumored zone 9 so there is hope; Raintree used to sell this cultivar.
One solution would be to try and grow from seed and see if a seedling will be mutant enough to fruit in our soil and climate as has been developed for other environments and other fruits. Big project.