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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.


Those who have walked with Markus down the long rows of bred plants and have selected apples with him, have experienced that Markus seems to know what he is doing.


You walk with him at a certain pace through the rows, grabbing an apple here and there, cutting off a slice, tasting it, grimacing, amazed at the texture, taking in the pleasant sweet note, pleased about the external appearance ... while Markus says “yes, very good”, “useless” or “great apple, but the texture ...” or “too sweet” or ... And it goes on like this for a while, one, two, three, four rows long. Markus is in a good mood, while other people do not want to even see any more apples, let alone taste them. And then it hits him: Markus stops, thinks this might be it - and marks the apple tree with a selection flag. Aha. Yes, the apple is good, no doubt. But would it have even been noticed by anyone else? Maybe if the fourth row would have been the first...And then Markus says this: Ok, but we have to try it again and compare it to the apple from row number two now, you know, where I said “yes, but ...”, the one with the distinctive shape ... And it is at this point at the latest that one has the impression that Markus knows all of his apples personally - because of course, anyone else cannot even remember which apple he is taking about. Not in the least.

To make a long story short: There are good reasons why Lubera has good stands in apple breeding. ;-)

That was the side of the breeder. Now there is certainly also the other side, the customer’s side, the perception of Lubera apples on the part of the end user. Only when both sides come together, the cause of success can be crowned. External feedback is always welcome! In this sense, again many thanks to Mr Steinmetz, the Director of the Horticultural and Improvement Club in Wilhermsdorf, Germany for his email:

Dear Mr Markus Kobelt

via my girlfriend’s son I ordered the three apple trees Julka, Utopia and Patrizia from Amazon.

According to my knowledge as a hobby pomologist, all 3 varieties are correct, which you cannot say of every nursery delivery. I do not mind paying a little more if the ordered trees are labelled properly.

Today I compared the flavour of Julka with the other early varieties Weißer Klarapfel (well-known), Astramel (from the old country, near Hamburg), Vista Bella (America) and George Cave (UK). Julka was by far the best when compared to all the other early varieties. Even the wasps have already eaten Julka.

I will test the storable varieties Utopia and Patrizia over a longer period. I participate in fruit exhibitions and recommend which fruit varieties our members should plant. A pomologist friend is currently testing the red-fleshed apple varieties Era, Calypso and Odysso.

Yours sincerely

Johann Steinmetz


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