Stargrow - Berries

By: Stargrow  11-11-2011
Keywords: Plants, Fruit

GOOSEBERRY
The cropping season is similar to Careless.  The plants are very vigorous and spreading but can be shaped up by pruning. Although Pax produces occasional spines of young wood, it is virtually spineless. Micropropagated plants of Pax were extremely spiny, but it is a juvenile character enhanced by tissue culture and as the plantes matured they became less spiny. After 2 years in normal growing conditions the spiny plants, ex micropropagation, are virtually spineless. The fruits are well shaped, slightly bristly, dark red when fully ripe, and of moderate dessert flavour. Average size of Pax was 7.4g, and similar to that of Careless (7.7g).
RASPBERRY
Consistent fruit production on primocanes from July (January in southern hemisphere) through November (May) followed in May (November) through July (January) on floricanes.  A productive, early, primocane fruiting red raspberry. Plants: Primocanes are medium in length, medium green with a red overcast, medium to strong waxy coat and moderately dense short spines. Moderately tolerant to mildew and yellow rust. Currently performing very well under South Africa conditions with excellent market feedback. The fruit is conical, glossy and medium size, with an even red coloring. The fruit is also firm with good shelf life.
 These plants are supplied to you 'royalty paid' on the understanding that the material is for fruit production only. Propagation of these plants without licence is liable to lead to legal action being taken. Where 'own use' propagation is intended an 'Own Use' Propagation Licence is required. Please apply to Mylnefield Research Services Ltd".
Glen Ample has a 50% pick date some 7-8 days later than Glen Clova and a longer harvest period. In more southerly locations, 50% picking date may be as late as 10 days after Glen Clova.  Bushes consist of spine-free and very upright canes of good vigour. Fruiting laterals are long and very upright with sparse leaf, resulting in excellent fruit presentation. Glen Ample is an exceptionally high yielding cultivar which is suitable for both fresh fruit and processing outlets. Canned and frozen products were of similar quality to Glen Clova. Whilst high quality fruit has been produced in England, SCRI are unable to recommend Glen Ample for high grade fresh marketing in Scotland untill commercial evaluations have been completed. In trials in Scotland, England, Canada and USA, Glen Ample has almost, without exception, out-yielded other trial entries and frequently by a considerable margin. Fruit are large, fleshy and commonly weigh about 4 g, although fruit of 6g are commonly recorded. The fruits are less firm and have a slightly inferior shelf-life to Glen Rosa, predominantly due to poor drupelet cohesion which is sometimes experienced in cool climates (Scotland).
Early mid-season  Canes are dark to mid-tan, spine-free, and easily managed due to their moderate vigour. Primocane growth is upright and tends not to pass the major fruiting zone untill after harvest, which minimises damage to new cane. Glen Lyon consistently out-performed other cultivars and selections in canning and freezing tests. Its bright fruit gives excellent eye appeal when fresh and it is envisaged that it could significantly increase sales of fresh raspberries. Glen Lyon fruit is suitable for all markets. Its moderate vigour is especially useful on sites where excessive cane vigour of some cultivars causes cane management problems. Bright, uniform, orange to red in colour. Moderate in size with a round to slightly conical shape. Berries are firm with a strong skin and good acidic raspberry flavour. Considered good for fresh market because of its good shelf-life and brightness, and excellent for processing markets.
The beginning of the picking season in the lower region of Switzerland is around the first week in August, approximately 6 to 8 days after Autumn Bliss. The picking period of Himbo-Top lasts between 6-8 weeks, under tunnels until the end of October.  Canes are very strong growing, spawn production is less then Autumn Bliss. Due to the heavy cropping potential, the variety needs support. The Breeder's recommended planting distances are 40 to 50 cm between plants and 250 to 300 cm between rows. Due to the vigour of the plant, growers are recommended to be cautious with their feeding regime. Himbo-Top has been internationally recognised by experts who have expressed great interest in this variety, particularly for covered fruit production, where Himbo-Top production has been outstandingly better than existing cultivars. Himbo-Top has extremely large fruit in comparison with other primocane varieties (6-8g). The fruit is firm, bright light red and does not darken. It is cone shaped and easy to pick. The bright colour makes the fruit very attractive and well liked by the consumers.
In Southern England the primocane crop starts to ripen at a similar time to that of Autumn Bliss, but a higher proportion of its crop ripens in early August.  Typical yields are 20% higher that those of Autumn Bliss, reflecting an increase in fruit weight of the same magnitude. The combination of weak fruit skin and tendency to darken can give difficulties in marketing the fruit during warm weather, but the difficulties are successfully overcome by picking daily rather than on alternative days. The earliness, large fruit size and excellent eating qualities make the variety and ideal choice for amateurs and pick-your-own growers. The earliest fruits are typically 6gm, decreasing over the season to 4 gm with an overall mean of 5gm. The most striking quality of its fruits is the fleshy texture, which provides a remarkable, mouth-feel experience. Flavour is also excellent. Fruit colour is only slightly dark on the cane, but tends to darken rapidly after picking. The skin of the fruit is not as strong as its overall texture.
In Southern England, the primocane crop starts to ripen about 2 weeks after Autumn Bliss and 2 weeks before Heritage. Most of the crop ripens in September and hence provides a useful extension to the autumn season.  The fruits have a long shelf life. They are very firm and cohesive with skin strength nearly as good as that of Heritage. Flavour is excellent and their colour is an attractive medium red with some brightness and no tendency to develop blue tinges when fully ripe. The canes are spine free, numerous and vigorous. The average fruit weight is usually over 4gm, similar to Autumn Bliss and considerably more than that of Heritage.
Octavia is a very late ripening summer fruiting type cropping approximaterly 10 days after Glen Ample and Tulameen.  Octavia has a reasonable good habit, it crops to the base of the canes, ahs upright, rather leafy laterals and the fruit is slightly clumped at the end of the lateral. The fruit is large, of uniform size, firm, cohesive, blunt and conic to round in shape. It is easily plugged and meaty with fairly good colour and good flavour. The shelf life of Octavia is good.
This splendid new variety starts cropping mid July (January in the southern hemisphere) with peak yield mid August and can crop until November (May).  This primocane variety (meaning it will produce fruit in the first season) was bred by Dr Jan Denek and produces exceptionally large delicious fruit. Polka is described as an outstanding and remarkable new raspberry variety from Poland. Exceptionally large berry, average weight of 6.6 grams per berry. Truly high yielding.
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