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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.
Three times paradise!

We are often asked why we use our brand name for our self-bred apple varieties (Lubera Paradis®) to claim paradise for ourselves. Perhaps we are a little over zealous! . This already goes a bit far, and perhaps the comparison with the quality of our Lubera apple varieties is also a little bit high. ;) However, paradise and the concept of the Paradis apples are much closer to our apple varieties than one might think...

 

WHERE THE COMPACT GROWTH COMES FROM

WHERE THE COMPACT GROWTH COMES FROM

As with other plants, e.g. raspberries, the smallness, the compact, but bushy dwarfism of the Maloni® apple trees and now also of Gulliver's® seems to emerge due to selfing. Although all apples are fundamentally self-infertile, there are always single self-sufficiencies. Somehow, one's own pollen can fertilise the flower, the self-fertilisation barrier, the "built-in" incest prohibition for plants is broken.

 
GULLIVER'S® - EVEN EVE WOULD HAVE HAD TO BEND DOWN!

Not only size, but also smallness is captivating. The expression (concerning captivation) has literally been transposed by Jonathan Swift, in his "Gulliver's Travels". The Gulliver stranded in Lilliput is captivated by the dwarfs, the Lilliputians, and suddenly he learns how relative everything is as a giant among dwarfs; however he is enslaved by them.

 

Hi, my name is Cuckoo!

Hi, my name is Cuckoo!

The breeder, Markus Kobelt, is now allowed to speak (very briefly):

“It is of course the dream of every breeder to newly create a plant, a type of fruit, or to combine new properties in an unknown way that go beyond the respective breeding and are shaped throughout many generations. That takes a lot of patience, a lot of patience and time - and then it sometimes doesn’t work. Or differently than you thought: when I tried to combine the Redloves®, the red-fleshed apple trees, with columnar trees in recent years, not only were there only very small populations, but I was not able to select varieties with a clear conscience. Now as we are introducing the first Redini®, a red-fleshed, tasty columnar apple, it is because things often turn out differently than one thinks when breeding. And because the breeder sometimes randomly foists something onto somebody that should not be overlooked...I ultimately found Cuckoo in a crossing, where it should not have been (because there were no red-fleshed parents involved). And yet another tree was almost lost because it stood very close to the street and was always picked by school children or walkers before I had a chance to test it. But I will be quiet now, otherwise my own variety will cut me short…Cuckoo should speak for itself about how it all began…”

 

Lollipop or the breeder’s happiness

Lollipop or the breeder’s happiness

2013 was not a disastrous year. But it was such a year in which I was unable to get much done. I had already missed the apple summer. There had been way too much work in the nursery, shops and I had travelled. I had hardly had the chance to peacefully check on my breedings, to walk through the endless rows of our breeding populations, to sample apples, to weigh and select them. It was exasperating! The apples ripened without me. Even the Sunday afternoons, my “apple time”, seemed to be always busy. Or it rained exactly when I would have had time.

 
Apple varieties: Which apple would you like?

Lubera and Lubera-bred varieties are always about being different rather than a dull, diverse rather than monotonous. Just because we breed new fruit varieties for niche garden markets, we don’t have to orientate ourselves towards the tastes of the masses. And incidentally, one could really also rightly ask if a popular taste for mass markets actually exists, or whether it may merely be an invention of the buyers and category managers of the big chains that always provide the same deals and promotions because the majority of the people continue to follow them. Ultimately, the mass taste is probably something like a fatal, self-fulfilling prophecy.

 
Redlove Odysso® or the sweet do (almost) nothing tree

Have you seen the videos and the pictures of the Odysso® orchard on Lake Constance, in the canton of Thurgau? There are Redloves, only Redloves, and you can barely see the trees because of all the fruit hanging on them...

 

Sparkling! A new apple variety

Sparkling! A new apple variety

An apple is an apple. But not in this case. Our new breeding Paradis Sparkling® is different. So different, just as the name describes: Sparkling® explodes in your mouth. When the large cells release their juice, it feels as if CO2 is brought into play. To stay with the analogy: Paradis Sparkling® is the first apple that is not 'still', but 'sparkling'!
Sparkling® is an apple novelty that will be introduced by us in spring 2015. Officially! And unofficially? Well, some saleable trees already exist; almost 100 trees to be exact. And we have considered the following for them: Sparkling® will be the first autographed apple tree!