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Cassissima® Nimue®

The compact blackcurrant

Cassissima® Nimue®

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Product information "Cassissima® Nimue®"

Cassissima® Nimue® is the most compact blackcurrant of the Lubera cassis varieties. Although it grows firmly upright, it only reaches a height of about 50-80 cm. It is therefore best suited for growing in pots or containers on balconies or terraces; and it finds a spot in even the smallest gardens. It shares its resistance characteristics with the other varieties of the N series, with Neva and Noiroma, and they all have a much better taste when compared to the commercial varieties. But what makes the difference? It's simple! There is much more sugar than we are used to in Nimue and the other N varieties; this was not the case for previous cassis varieties. The berries are therefore a real delicacy, and often there is no normal harvest at the end because the berries have already been harvested by garden visitors or hungry berry lovers…but that doesn’t matter – this is the ultimate proof that this variety is not just part of a compulsory exercise, but a real treat.
I am sometimes asked how the “N” names originated in this Cassissima® series. Honestly, I do not exactly know; it was probably coincidence, perhaps because "N" sounds similar to the delightful "mmm"? But I know exactly how 'Nimue' got its name: When my sister gave birth to her daughter, who was namely my first niece, and just as pretty and confident as well, she named her Nimue. We were all very surprised by the exotic name. I did notice the baby’s prominent dark hair at the hospital and then it was obvious what my new, tasty and sweet cassis variety would be called. And one more thing to clarify: All the rumours that my sister had named her daughter after my cassis variety are unfounded.
Maturity: Very early, approximately simultaneously with Noiroma
Fruits: Large, individual fruits on medium long strings; single fruits can also be harvested (without the strings)
Flavour: Extremely high sugar content, coupled with a strong cassis flavour; however thanks to the sugar, this effect is not green and sour, but very pleasant
Growth/health: Upright, but very compact habit, mildew resistant
What are Lubera Cassissima®?
Lubera® Cassissima® are the new blackcurrants for gourmets - bred by Lubera. Thanks to the extremely large fruits and the high sugar content, more and more people who don’t really like blackcurrants are turning towards the Cassissima® varieties. The blackcurrant is a dessert fruit, a berry that is also enjoyed fresh.
Here are the main advantages of Cassissima® blackcurrants:
- Large fruits
- More sugar and flavour
- Disease resistant and vigorous


No pruning needed for currant bushes Freshly planted currant bushes should and must not be pruned! The older rules and tips that dealt with this topic were based on the fact that bare root plants were planted and not fully developed young plants with large root balls as is the case today. This of course made sense, and it facilitated the planting shock by reducing the above-ground organs (i.e. the shoots) in order to ensure good growth. However, this is no longer necessary with strong container plants and it would only unnecessarily delay the start of harvest. For early spring plantings, the first harvest is usually already possible in the year of planting, but for sure in the second year after planting.
  • Flowering Period March
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period June, July
  • Final height 60cm to 80cm
  • Final width 60cm to 80cm
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Plant Type deciduous
  • Fragrance fragrant
  • Sweetness sweet
  • Use beds/borders, outdoors, for containers, for wild gardens, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour yellow, green
  • Leaf Colour green
  • Lubera Easy Tip Based on our experience in the variety tests but also in customer service, we have awarded this plant with the title “Lubera Easy Tip”. With this designation, we emphasise only those plants that according to our experience work (almost) everywhere; they are easy to grow and bear fruits or produce flowers quickly and without problems. These are plants that can be enjoyed immediately and without effort once planted.
  • Lubera Breeding This plant was bred by Lubera in Switzerland and placed on the market after extensive testing at our facilities in Buchs (CH) and Bad Zwischenahn (D). In 20 years of work, Lubera's founder and breeder Markus Kobelt has bred more than 80 of his own new varieties for the home garden; they all have the goal of providing you, our customers, with more experience and flavour, easier growing and more resistant, more robust varieties.

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