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Chef® raspberries

Sommerhimbeere Summer Chef®With Summer Chef® and Autumn Chef®, we are launching two raspberry varieties that complement each other perfectly:

  • The summer raspberry Summer Chef® bears as a summer raspberry very late in July to the beginning of August
  • The autumn raspberry Autumn Chef® fits in seamlessly, bearing fruit starting medium early at the beginning of August until 10 August and continuing into September
  • A simple trick is to get Autumn Chef® to work in the spring and bear fruit in June (see below).
  • Both varieties have a normal growth height, but also not too; they grow 170 to 200 cm tall and are advantageously stabilised on a classic raspberry framework with two or three longitudinal wires at heights of 60, 120 and 180 cm
  • Both varieties are robust; Summer Chef® shows only bump-like, not prickly thorns; Autumn Chef® has very few thorns, mostly at the base of the shoots
  • And above all other characteristics: both varieties simply taste great, so that after each fruit, especially the first fruit, you say: 'That's exactly what a raspberry should taste like...'

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More useful information about Chef® raspberries

...The good or even excellent raspberry flavour is difficult to describe: certainly high sugar content combined with a good portion of fruit acid is part of it. Overall, rather low sugar and acid values or even sugar without acid lead to a seemingly 'empty' flavour. Both types, Autumn Chef® and Summer Chef®, on the other hand, show the ideal combination with a lot of sugar and acidity, but there is something else very special about them: after the enjoyment, after the meal, a typical raspberry scent with a hint of vanilla can be perceived through the sense of smell. This is exactly why the enjoyment of these two varieties always leads to the association: this is how a real raspberry must taste (!) - Although it is ultimately the sense of smell that is responsible for this lasting impression.
 

Growing the Chef® raspberries

Sommerhimbeere Summer Chef®As already mentioned we are convinced that these two new Lubera® raspberry varieties can be ideally combined in the garden because they are a good match in terms of growth, quality and, above all, ripening and harvesting times. Both Summer Chef® and Autumn chef® are also quite robust in terms of root disease, but we still recommend that you always choose a new location for a new raspberry planting, if possible, and in addition – especially if the garden soil is heavy – lay out a 20-30 cm high dam of garden soil and compost on which the young plants are then planted. With this measure, the raspberry roots stand drier, are condemned to grow if they want additional water – and thus remain much healthier. The same applies to the Chef® varieties: please do not cover these plants with a layer of mulch! Generally speaking, raspberries should not be mulched with a thicker layer. Such a mulching layer results in a more humid and colder root space – which are ideal conditions for root rot. What always has a very positive effect, on the other hand, is the introduction of some green compost in late winter, but this is only applied to a height of approx. 2 to 3 cm and is also immediately hacked in a little. The green compost also contains antagonistic fungi that can keep root diseases under control.

The combination of Summer Chef® and Autumn Chef® in one bed

Ideal for a family garden and a household seems to us to be a bed length of about 3 m, half of which is planted with summer raspberries and half with autumn raspberries. Since the Autumn Raspberry Autumn Chef® covers a longer harvesting period, a distribution of 2/3 Autumn Chef® and 1/3 Summer Chef® can also make sense. Plant at a distance of about 30 cm; at 3 m this is about 10 plants. It is advantageous to keep the distance between the varieties (with changing varieties) a little larger in order to be able to distinguish the summer and autumn raspberries well in the future, which is especially important when cutting back. It may also be possible to bury a 50 cm deep wooden board or plastic foil when changing varieties in order to prevent the roots from mixing. 

Both Summer Chef® and Autumn Chef® grow about 170-200 cm tall; they need a framework to stabilise the canes. A classic wire framework with start and end poles and horizontal wires at heights of 60, 12, and 180 cm is ideal. Tip: if you tension a double wire, i.e. if you have a wire on both sides of the pole, then the raspberry canes can also be positioned quickly and easily between the wires, and thus have an initial hold.

How many kilograms can be harvested from the Chef® raspberries?

This question, which is correctly and often asked, is not easy to answer, since soil, climate and last but not least the gardener play a decisive role. But in principle, one can assume a harvest of approx. 2 kg per running metre and year (3kg in the optimum case), resulting in a total harvest of approx. 6 kg. Due to the perfect harvesting season from June to the end of September, this results in about 1.5 kg per month, even further reduced to about 400 g per week, which is easily enough for one or two fresh desserts or countless snacking pleasures. In nature, the harvest will of course not be as mathematically regular, but with the two varieties, a continuous harvest distribution can be approximated quite perfectly.

The trick for a four-month harvest period

Now you are probably asking yourself how can 4 or even 3.5 months of harvest be possible? Summer Chef® ripens as a summer raspberry in July, sometimes until the beginning of August, which is very late; Autumn Chef® follows in August, usually from around 10 August with the harvest on the primocanes, on this year's canes, and the harvest can last well into September. With this we would have covered three months, but where is the fourth month?

The secret is that Autumn Chef® has an excellent Twotimer® ability, i.e. it can bear fruit on the one-year-old canes in autumn and also very early on the two-year-old shoots in June (i.e. very early...). However, our tests have shown that the simultaneous and systematic fructification of the old canes in June and the new shoots from August onwards is not recommended for Autumn Chef® in the garden because both harvests and the plant itself suffer too much from the double load – it ultimately has to work too much. We recommend against always cutting back the autumn raspberry Autumn Chef® in February/March, but to make an exception for 1-2 Autumn Chef® plants (or more depending on the size of the plant) every year. Leave the latest developed, mostly thin to medium-strong shoots that are about 150 cm in length, which at the very most have already bore fruits at the tips last September. Then cut back only the tips of these shoots. According to our experience, Autumn Chef® develops very quickly very beautiful, lateral fruit shoots, which then bear fruit in June, before the summer raspberry Summer Chef®.  This means that the autumn raspberry actually fruits before the summer raspberry...Of course, later on, these specially treated plants will also produce autumn-bearing shoots, but this yield is very late and rather small, but again extends the harvest time in September. If possible, different Autumn Chef® plants should be cut back and used each year for the early summer harvest, so that they can later recover from the double strain in normal autumn raspberry cultivation.

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