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Blackberries belong to the family Rosaceae, or Rosaceae, from the genus Raspberry, or Rubus, and the subgenus Blackberry, or Eubatus. On the territory of our country, the most common is blackberry gray, or Rubus caesius, and bushy blackberry, or Rubus fruticosus. The blackberry "Chachanska Bestrna", the description of which is very well known in our country, is very actively grown on personal plots.
Depending on the soil and weather conditions in the cultivation region, domestic gardeners have a great opportunity to grow an optimally suitable, zoned variety. The category of very popular include variety "Bestberry", which successfully combines unpretentiousness and high quality of the crop.
Description of the variety "Chachanska Bestrna"
A variety of garden blackberries called Chachanska Bestrna, or Rubus Cacanska Bestrna, belongs to the mid-season category obtained by Serbian breeders. The variety was obtained by a specialist from the Chachak Horticultural Institute, when crossing the Dirksen Tornles variety with the Black Satin variety. The author of this blackberry variety was M. Stanisavlevich. According to reviews by domestic gardeners, fruit ripening has been observed since the beginning of July. The variety compares favorably with a very long fruiting period, so ripened berries can be harvested for two months, until September.
The variety is characterized by large berries, the average weight of which often exceeds 9.4 g. The surface of a fully ripened berry is shiny. The berry has sufficient pulp density and an elongated cylindrical shape. The taste is great. At the stage of full ripening, the flesh of the blackberry is sweet and aromatic. Sufficient density indicators allow you to transport the harvest over long distances. Compliance with cultivation technology and a favorable agricultural background make it possible to obtain yields at the level of 19–21 t / ha.
The plant is characterized as vigorous, able to form about five powerful and well-developed shoots without roundness and with fairly short internodes. Laterals are located along the entire length of the shoots. Fruiting shoots have a high level of concentration of flowers, making harvesting easier. A distinctive feature of annual shoots is a high level of resistance to low temperature in winter.
How to plant a blackberry
Description of the Bestberry variety
Rubus "Bestberri", or "Silvan", has become popular in domestic gardening relatively recently. This is one of the most modern and large-fruited blackberry varieties most often characterized by gardeners positively, due to the excellent quality of the crop and high resistance to the main adverse factors in the growing regions. Large flowers, white. Blackberry leaves of this variety have a three-blade shape, corrugated, with the presence of studs in the central vein.
Bushes of the creeping type, with very powerful and long shoots. The aboveground part has strong and straight spikes. The berries are very large, elongated, pronounced truncated-conical shape. The surface of a fully ripened berry is large, black, with a very beautiful gloss. Berries are picked in a brush. The taste of the harvest is high. The pulp of a ripe berry is sweet, with a slight acidity, very fragrant. The plant can be very easily propagated by apical layers. Varietal feature is the need for shelter for the winter period in many regions of our country.
Growing blackberries by experienced gardeners is not difficult. Nevertheless, for beginning summer residents when growing this berry culture, it is very important to get acquainted with the reviews and tips regarding the peculiarities of caring for plants in the conditions of home gardening.
When growing Rubus "Bestberri" you should pay attention to the creeping type of plant, therefore, it is necessary to carry out the correct formation and competent trimming of the aerial part of the berry culture. In addition, according to gardeners, the presence of thorns complicates the care and harvesting somewhat.
Rubus "Cacanska Bestrna" is a less demanding variety to care for, but always responds very well to the implementation of mulching the soil in stem circles with organic fertilizers. Also, according to the observation of gardeners, the variety is important for the purity of tree trunks from weeds and the systematic loosening of the soil, especially after rains or irrigation.
Tips & Tricks
- Blackberry bushes should be promptly disposed of from dry and damaged branches. When growing the above varieties, you should leave about twelve of the most developed and powerful shoots for each square meter of berry plantings. Newly emerging shoots should be removed after they reach a length of 8-10 cm.
- An equally important condition for growing blackberries is to trim the apical part of the shoots or to perform tweezing, as a result of which branching increases and the growth of lateral buds is also enhanced. The most powerful pruning allows you to get large berries.
- Growing horticultural crops includes regular watering. Irrigation measures are especially important for berry shrubs at the stage of flowering and ripening of the crop. For the winter, the berry shrub should be sheltered, which will insure plantings from freezing in severe, snowless winters. Subject to agricultural technology, each productive berry bush is able to bear fruit abundantly for fifteen years.