The variety of blackberry Giant can be called a masterpiece of horticultural crops and berry selection - judge for yourself, and remontant, and without a shaft, and berries, the size of a palm, and yield - up to 35 kg from a bush. Can there really be such a thing - to think and decide for you. Many reviews and descriptions of the blackberry variety Remontant Giant are choking with delight in painting the unique advantages of this berry. This article contains all the real facts related to the Blackberry Giant, which we managed to get, and conducted a comparative study of the opinions of gardeners and the statements of managers of a trading company that sells seedlings of this variety in Russia.
Blackberry repairing varieties appeared relatively recently, at the turn of the XX and XXI centuries. Basically, their selection was carried out by American scientists of the state of Arkansas, and they managed to get many interesting varieties that are able to produce crops twice a year: on the branches of the last year and annual shoots.
There are many advantages of Blackberry remontant varieties - and one of the main ones is that absolutely all shoots can be cut out before winter. This makes it possible not to worry too much about the winter hardiness of the southern blackberry and grow it even in regions with harsh winters (over -40 ° C and below).
In addition, the complete pruning of all shoots and the later development and fruiting periods severely limit the potential of blackberry pests and pathogens. Therefore, the blackberry remontant, like raspberry, is practically not subject to any misfortune and, accordingly, does not need treatments, especially chemicals, which makes it possible to get a completely healthy and harmless for people berry.Attention! Among all the blackberry remontant varieties, no one is known yet who would not have thorns.
Unfortunately, selection has not yet reached such achievements. They all differ in thorny shoots, which, of course, makes it difficult to pick berries.
In Russia, you can find only one single seller, he is also a supplier of Blackberry seedlings Gigant (Becker Bis LLC). It is on the site of this agricultural company in the catalog of plants you can see the goods under the article number 8018 Blackberry Remontant Giant. And right there next to me in small letters in English is written the Blackberry thornless Giant, which in translation means blackberry beshipnaya Giant.
Unfortunately, the supplier company does not indicate any data on the origin of this variety, but a direct question from the buyer in the comments: whose selection of the Blackberry variety Giant is silent.
Of course, in the State Register of Russia it is useless to look for this variety, however, this fate of the majority of modern blackberry varieties of foreign origin.
Description of berry culture
Blackberry Giant, as follows from the description of the culture presented on the website of the supplier of its seedlings, can grow in height from 1.5 to 2.5 meters. The shoots are flexible, so it can and should be grown on the trellis, where it can also be used as decoration. Since, thanks to repairing, according to the assurances of the manufacturer, the period of flowering of the blackberry Giant lasts from June to September.Comment! Flowers in this case have sizes up to 3-4 cm in diameter.
It is worth noting that in most regions of Russia there is no sense to grow reparative blackberries, leaving shoots for pruning for the winter, since in this case it will have to be covered for the winter, and problems with pests and diseases will increase. But in this case, the flowering of annual shoots should begin no earlier than July-August.
And even in the southern regions, if we leave last year's shoots to winter for the first early harvests, the blackberry bushes are unlikely to bloom continuously from June to September. In remontant varieties, two marked waves of flowering and fruiting are usually observed, with a break between them.
According to the assurances of the manufacturer, the fructifying period of the blackberry remontant Giant lasts from July to September.
The supplier does not indicate any data on the type of shoot growth (creeping or erect).
The berries in blackberries varieties Giant are truly unique. Their form is simultaneously elongated and slightly rounded, it resembles the thumbs on the hand. Nutritional properties at the level of the most outstanding varieties, taste - sweet-sour, with the inherent blackberry flavor. The color of ripe berries is rich black.
But the most important thing is, of course, the size of the berries. It is alleged that they reach a length of 6 cm, and one such berry can weigh up to 20-23 grams. This is really a giant!Comment! For comparison, blackberry varieties are considered large-fruited, the berries of which have an average weight of about 8-10 grams.
The Blackberry Giant repairman variety is distinguished by the following characteristics.
According to the supplier of blackberry seedlings Giant variety has many advantages.
- It is very winter-hardy - can withstand up to -30 ° C
Attention! Reparative blackberry varieties, if completely cut off before winter, can withstand lower temperatures, and without much shelter.
- Sort Giant unpretentious care, does not require special special measures of protection
- The berries are well stored and fairly easy to transport.
- You can harvest two berries per season.
But the most impressive statement from the supplier of the Blackberry Giant is information about its yield. It is alleged that from one bush of this variety you can get up to 35 kg of fruit. No further details are indicated, but for comparison, some of the most high-yielding varieties of blackberry yield a maximum of about 15-20 kg of berries from a bush.
Scope of berries
Giant berries can be used both fresh, to decorate festive dishes, and for a variety of homemade preparations.
Advantages and disadvantages
The virtues of the blackberry giant have already been listed above. Among the shortcomings it can be noted only that it is poorly related to the lack of moisture in the soil and to heavy, dense soils.
The supplier does not say anything in the description of the blackberry variety Giant about the root shoots, so it is not clear whether in this case it is possible to apply this, the most accessible way of reproduction of the berry.
In any case, new blackberry plants, as a rule, are produced by cutting or rooting the tops.
On the whole, the planting of the blackberry variety Giant does not differ drastically from the planting of other varieties of this berry crop.
It is recommended to plant blackberry seedlings Giant in the period from March to November. In principle, if we are talking about seedlings with a closed root system, then these terms are fully justified. But in the southern regions it is still advisable to coincide with the planting of seedlings for the spring or autumn period, since the sun and high temperatures in summer can greatly worsen the survival of seedlings.
Choosing the right place
It is alleged that the Giant variety blackberry is best planted in a sunny place. But again, in the southern regions, blackberries grown in the sun can get sunburn on both berries and leaves.
Any variety of blackberry prefers breathable, lightweight soils with a neutral or slightly acidic reaction. Soils with a high content of limestone can be harmful to shrubs, because they can cause chlorosis on the leaves - yellowing.
Selection and preparation of seedlings
When choosing saplings, it is necessary first of all to take into account the condition of the roots, the length of which should be at least 15 cm, and the root branches themselves should be about two to four. At the same time, the height of the above-ground part of the bushes should be at least 40 cm. Before planting, the Giant saplings should be soaked for prevention in a 0.6% solution of Aktara with the addition of tobacco dust.
Algorithm and landing pattern
Blackberry seedlings Giant are planted in previously dug holes, to a depth of about 20-30 cm. The distance between seedlings during planting is recommended to be equal to 1-1.2 meters. Since this culture is winding, then immediately it is necessary to provide for the organization of a trellis and tie stalks to it.
Subsequent care for the culture
It is argued that the blackberry giant is easy to clean.
The most important thing in blackberry care is regular and fairly abundant watering. However, it is also impossible to overdo it here - the berry does not tolerate overwetting.
Feeding is carried out several times per season. In the spring, complex fertilizer is applied, and in summer blackberry dressing is carried out mainly due to the introduction of phosphate and potash fertilizers.Tip! Mulching the soil under the bushes with humus will help to simultaneously preserve the necessary moisture and reduce the number of irrigations and play the role of additional fertilizing.
In pruning remontant varieties, the most important thing is to understand what you want from the bushes - either one but abundant and reliable harvest at the end of summer, or several crop waves, starting in June. As noted earlier, in the second case, you will have to take additional care of sheltering the blackberry for the winter and protecting it from enemies, represented by parasites.
In the first case, all blackberry shoots are simply cut in the late winter at the level of winter. If you live in a region with harsh winters, it is advisable to additionally cover the root zone with hay or sawdust.
In the second case, pruning under the winter is not necessary, and only the shoots of the second year are cut, preferably in the summer, immediately after the end of fruiting.
Preparing for the winter
In the second case, the remaining shoots must be removed from the trellis and bend to the ground, then lined with hay or sawdust and covered with non-woven material on top, such as lutrasila.
Diseases and pests, methods of control and prevention
Kind of problem
What can be done
Leaf chlorosis of non-infectious origin
Immediately after the snow melt, feed the bushes with a complex of fertilizers with a complete set of trace elements
Aphids, ticks, flower bean and other pests
In the fall, shed the soil under the bushes with Aktar’s solution, in the early spring, twice spray Fitoverm
When disclosing buds, treat blackberries with a 3% Bordeaux blend solution
On the website of the supplier of the Blackberry Giant saplings supplier, the reviews on this variety are mostly enthusiastic. True, the vast majority of gardeners only managed to get seedlings and plant them. The first harvest of the blackberry after planting should be expected, according to the managers of the company, in about 2-3 years. There are those who have not only tasted the berries, but also managed to earn them (after all, the harvest reaches 35 kg from the bush), but these are found in a single copy. On the other hand, some managers' answers to questions from gardeners are controversial. For example, just (2017-11-02 in response to Veronika) wrote about the fact that at the same time reparative and prickly blackberry varieties do not exist, and several months later (2018-02-16 in response to Elena) they answer about the aforementioned blackberry variety, that he is studless.
In other forums of gardeners, reviews about seedlings from this company, and, in particular, about the blackberry, the Giant are not at all encouraging. Buyers send semi-dried plants, change them, but they still do not take root. But even if they survive, they turn out to be completely different from what was written on the label.
Blackberry Giant, if it exists, of course, is really a fantastic variety in many of its indicators: in terms of the size of berries, in yield, in winter-hardiness, and in simplicity in care. It seems that all the most attractive signs of blackberry are collected in one variety. In nature, there is rarely such a clear imbalance, although positive properties. And the most suspicious moment is that with all the variety of modern choice, no one else offers this variety for sale. Abroad, it also does not occur. So the choice is yours - to buy or not to buy, to plant or not to plant.