Raspberries are one of the most popular berries among Russian amateur gardeners. It is able to ripen in almost any climatic conditions, regardless of the variety, it has excellent taste, contains a very high percentage of nutrients. Today, there are a huge number of varieties of this berry. In our ranking of the best raspberry varieties, we will try to tell in detail and in detail about the most popular of them. We hope that this review will be quite useful for our readers — they will be able, depending on the climatic and other conditions in their summer cottage, to choose the best option for themselves, which will delight with a bountiful harvest for many years.
This variety was bred about 50 years ago by Soviet agronomists. Bushes will feel most comfortable in the southern regions, in the North Caucasus. However, the berries fully ripen in the middle lane. The variety perfectly tolerates low temperatures, is not sensitive to various kinds of viral diseases, pests, powdery mildew, fungal formations of this raspberry will also not be terrible. Raspberry is a semi-spreading, not too tall shrub — it grows up to a maximum of two meters. The shoots are quite straight, the tops are slightly bent.
The bush forms a decent number of shoots — about 5-7 replacements are obtained, root offspring grows up to a dozen. Annual stems are usually no more than one and a half to two centimeters thick, have a pale green color and a slight wax coating. The thorns are straight, also greenish in color, most of them are located at the bottom of the shoot. Biennial stems turn brown. The leaves are large. The yield is decent — from one hectare you can collect up to 120 centners with proper care of the plants, one bush brings up to 4.5 kg of berries. The mass of one berry is within 3 g. The pulp is very juicy, contains a large amount of sugars, raspberry flavor is present, but rather weak.
- Excellent resistance to pests, various diseases;
- Bushes easily tolerate the lack of moisture;
- The berries are large and sweet.
- Cannot be transported over long distances.
3. Cascade Bryansk
One of the earliest raspberry varieties, able to tolerate even very severe frosts. It was bred by breeders near Moscow in the mid-1970s. Bushes differ in compact dimensions — not too sprawling, grow in height from 1.7 to 2 meters. There are few shoots, so the bushes can be planted quite close to each other. The stems are erect, branching is present, but insignificant. There are also spikes, but they are short, straight, clearly visible, and have little rigidity. The foliage is three-leaved, has a large or medium size.
The fruits are bright red, long enough, have a sweet and sour taste. This variety is very sensitive to lack of moisture, this is especially important at the stage of flowering and fruit set. If the bushes grow in not too dry conditions, then during the season they need to be watered about three to four times. According to experienced gardeners, it would be optimal to provide this variety with a drip irrigation system. The soil after the introduction of moisture is usually mulched.
- Differs in excellent taste characteristics;
- Easily tolerates even extremely low temperatures;
- Under certain conditions, berries can be transported over considerable distances;
- Excellent resistance to fungal diseases.
- Requires regular soil moisture — does not tolerate a lack of moisture at all.
Raspberry Cascade Bryansk
Although it is an early ripening, but very large-fruited variety, able to easily withstand harsh winter conditions. Raspberries have an excellent yield, so they are often grown on an industrial scale. This breed was also developed by Russian breeders — today it is already about 40 years old. Fruiting occurs on the bushes of the second year. After harvesting, they must be removed, making room for new shoots. In addition, various pathological processes often begin to develop in old stems, which can ultimately lead to the death of the entire garden. The shrub itself is not too sprawling, it has a superficial root system. The number of basal offspring, as a rule, is not too large.
The shoots have no thorns. In height, the stems can reach 180 cm, they are very strong, however, under the mass of berries or as a result of strong winds they can bend to the ground, therefore, they need a garter. Fruit twigs are characterized by a high level of strength, rather short, but up to 15 very large berries can grow on them. The shrub is easily able to withstand frosts down to -35 degrees. Experienced gardeners recommend covering young shoots for the winter. The size of the berries can reach 4 cm with a mass of about 12 grams. The pulp is quite tender, contains a lot of juice, has a sweet and sour taste and a pleasant light aroma. From one bush in one season you can collect up to 9 kg of berries. A full-fledged harvest of raspberries can provide the owner for the third or fourth year after planting.
- Not too many root shoots;
- There are no thorns on the stems;
- Ripe berries do not fall off the bush for about a week;
- Great for conservation.
- Not the best option for freezing;
- They can bend from the wind or under the weight of the crop, so it is necessary to tie up the bushes;
- Agricultural technology should be observed, otherwise the berry will begin to shrink.
1. The sun
The shrub is characterized by quite decent yields and unpretentiousness in terms of climatic conditions. From one hectare you can get about 87 centners of berries. The variety does not differ in excessive sprawling, there is a minimum number of new shoots here. On average, no more than 13 shoots are planted per square meter of soil. The average height of this shrub does not exceed 2 meters. The plant is unpretentious — takes root after planting in the soil almost instantly. Annual stems are colored greenish, but in the future they will change their color to reddish.
Biennial shoots may even be brown. A fully formed bush looks very massive, grows straight up, and the tops are slightly curved. There is a slight wax coating on the stems, there are practically no thorns. The fruits have a conical shape, they are painted in a deep purple color. The taste is very rich, sweet, the berries smell very pleasant. The pulp is tender, literally melts in your mouth.
- This variety belongs to dessert varieties, suitable for absolutely any type of processing, regardless of which berries will retain their taste and aroma;
- With a long business trip, the fruits retain their shape;
- Bushes perfectly resist various kinds of diseases;
- There are few thorns on the stems, so it will be much easier to care for the plants.
- Productivity drops due to lack of moisture;
- Bushes feel uncomfortable in windy areas.
Another fairly unpretentious variety of this berry to climatic conditions. In addition, it is characterized by quite a decent yield, perfectly resists various kinds of diseases, and also easily tolerates low temperatures. The height of the bushes is in the range of 180-200 cm. The spreading of the stems of this variety is insignificant. The root system forms a small number of shoots, while the stems branch very well, practically no thorns form on them — the latter are present only in the area of u200bu200bthe root part, they themselves are smoothed, so they will practically not interfere with the care of the crop.
The size of the berries is average, their weight is about 4 grams. Most of them are spherical in shape, but the largest specimens often take the form of a cone. The density of the berries is medium, the color is quite familiar — bright crimson. It will be necessary to separate them from the stalk with little effort. The fruits themselves are formed and ripen by brushes, so it is much easier to collect them. Berries have a sweet taste, but there is also a slight sourness here. They hold their shape well when frozen.
- Ripens in bunches — very easy to harvest;
- Berries have a high density, so they can be transported over long distances;
- Good resistance to many diseases and pests;
- The fruits are suitable for all types of processing.
- Sensitive to gray mold.
This is one of the most popular varieties among summer residents in the middle lane of our country. This type of berry was bred more than 30 years ago, but it is planted with pleasure to this day. The shrub easily tolerates even very unfavorable environmental factors, it is able to grow in almost any climatic conditions. The fruits can be consumed both fresh and processed. The height of the shrub can be 1.8 m or even more, so experienced gardeners recommend cutting off the tops before the start of the flowering period, shortening them by about 15 cm. The size of the berries is average, they can weigh up to 3 grams.
From one bush you can get up to 3 kg of crop. The thorns on the stems and even on the leaves are very strong, so the berries must be picked as carefully as possible. The pulp of raspberries is juicy, but quite dense, in its taste it is very similar to wild raspberries. Harvest ripens completely almost simultaneously.
- The berries are very dense — they will not wrinkle during transportation;
- The fruits can be easily separated from the stalks;
- The stems are powerful, do not require tying;
- A small number of spikes;
- High content of nutrients, in particular vitamin C.
- Average yield level;
- The taste of berries largely depends on weather conditions and the amount of moisture.
The bushes have an average spreading and a decent height — they are able to grow up to 2 m. If you provide a variety with quality care and grow it in the most favorable conditions, then this figure can be even higher. The stems are very massive and thick — their diameter reaches 2 cm or more. At the same time, they retain their flexibility. For the winter period, it is advisable to carefully lay and close the shoots, otherwise the snow and winds can break them. There are practically no thorns here — there are few of them and they are located in the lower part of the stems, besides, they are not sharp. The leaves are large. The root system usually does not spread throughout the site.
From one bush you can get up to 3 kg of berries. The fruits are distinguished by a real raspberry taste and aroma, they can be consumed fresh, prepared compotes, jams, frozen. The berries are medium in size, the weight is in the range from 2 to 6 grams. They have a bright red color, devoid of shine.
- Spikes are practically absent;
- The berries ripen at approximately the same time;
- The fruits have a pronounced dessert taste;
- The variety is resistant to viral diseases.
- Plants do not tolerate a lack of moisture;
- The berries are too tender — they cannot be transported over long distances.
One of the best mid-season raspberry varieties that can grow in most regions of the country. The fruits are versatile. The height of the bushes can reach 220 cm. Their stems are straight, have a brown color, and need to be tied up. There are few thorns, they are medium in size, located at the bottom of the stems. Quite a lot of young shoots are formed, so even from one bush in two or three years it will be possible to get a decent-sized plot. The foliage is medium in size, painted in a dark green variety.
The berries themselves are bright red, have the shape of a cone, weigh about 4 grams. The taste of fruits is sweet and sour, they are distinguished by a soft texture and a pleasant light aroma. From one bush you can collect up to 4 kg of berries. Raspberries perfectly withstand low temperatures, they do not need to be covered.
- Excellent resistance to diseases and pests;
- Easily tolerates even extremely low temperatures;
- Pretty decent yield.
- Bushes should be tied.
Remontant raspberries will bear fruit throughout the warm season — this variety will delight you with very tasty and large berries for several months. From one bush you can get up to 9 kg of berries. In height, shoots grow up to 1.9 m. If raspberries grow in the shade, then their growth can be even greater. The foliage is large, slightly wrinkled, has a dark green saturated color. The shrub perfectly withstands ambient temperatures down to -32 degrees.
The berries are medium, their weight is 7 — 10 grams. They have the shape of a cone, are painted in crimson color, have a slight sheen. When overripe, they remain on the bushes, do not begin to crumble. The fruits are very dense, do not crumble even under the bright sun. The skin is dense, which makes it easy to transport the berry over long distances.
- Excellent taste characteristics;
- Bushes easily tolerate prolonged drought and severe frosts;
- The plant has excellent immunity to various diseases and pests;
- Powerful stems do not need to be tied up.
- During the season, you will need to feed the raspberries several times.
1. Pride of Russia
The leaders of this section of our review of the best raspberry varieties turned out to be a large-fruited hybrid, which allows you to harvest up to seven crops in one season. Yields are very high — the maximum number of berries can be obtained in the middle lane and in the southern regions. The variety does not need pollination by insects. The shrub has a very powerful and branched root system, during the season it forms up to 12 shoots. The stems are straight, grow up to 190 cm. They have no thorns, but there is a barely noticeable wax coating. Up to 20 berries are formed on each fruit branch.
The foliage is large, has a dark green color, covered with a small fluff on top. The average fruit weight is 8 — 12 grams, but some specimens reach 20 grams. They have a conical shape and slight tuberosity. From one bush you can get up to 7-8 kg. The variety perfectly withstands frosts down to -30 degrees, easily tolerates heat, and is not sensitive to various diseases.
- The variety has a high immunity;
- There are no thorns on the stems;
- Easy to transport and store;
- It tolerates low temperatures well;
- Plants are easy to care for.
- It is necessary to tie it up, otherwise it may break under the gusts of wind;
- Low sugar content in berries.
Raspberry Pride of Russia
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