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Moreberry®: black AND green currants in one pot

Blackcurrant Cassissima® Blackbells® and green currant Cassissima® Greenlife; Ribes nigrum

Moreberry®: black AND green currants in one pot
 
 
 

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Product information "Moreberry®: black AND green currants in one pot"

This moreberry surprises everyone: the blackcurrant Cassissima® Blackbells® and the green currant Cassissima® Greenlife grow in one pot and are an impressive duo (!). Both varieties mature in July; and up until the harvest, this moreberry yields an image that is simply not enough at first glance. Let’s try this again. Green currants? Wow, that looks interesting. The black ones taste really great, sweet and aromatic. But the green variety: it looks a bit immature and probably doesn’t taste good…wrong! They taste quite excellent, well-balanced and also sweet. But somehow different. The taste similarity is not surprising, as both varieties belong to the black currant. However, the proximity, in addition to the fascinating appearance, still has a very different effect because although currants are self-fertile, the (cross-) pollination is improved. This increases the fruit set and the yield of the varieties that also bear fruit well when planted individually.
 
This moreberry has it all:
• A fascinating appearance due to the green and black berries
• Great taste of both varieties with aromatic features
• Higher yields, thanks to better pollination
• 2 in 1: more variety in the smallest space
 
The moreberry currant can be placed anywhere in smaller gardens, as it only takes up about 1 m² of garden space. Thanks to the density of the bush and the two varieties, it is also well suited as an ornamental hedge or it can be planted at the edge of a vegetable bed, which can create a very different garden environment and still be highly visible. And lastly, all berry combinations are also perfectly suitable for growing in pots; however it is important to always select a container with a volume of at least 25-30 litres.
 
Cassis variety Blackbells®
Blackbells® is a major breakthrough in cassis breeding. With this variety, it has been possible to achieve progress in three key objectives: Blackbells has sweeter berries, it is large-fruited and it has longer strings than most other blackcurrant varieties.

Maturity: Average maturity time, early to mid-July
Fruits: Very large fruits that are similar to the fruits of Noiroma® and Big Ben; but unlike these varieties, they hang on long clusters; they can be picked well and there are 10 to 15 berries per cluster, like black bells (not only 1-4 berries like Big Ben)
Taste: Mildly sweet; because it is not an extremely early variety, the berries must remain on the bush in order for them to develop their flavour until they are fully ripe
Growth/health: Upright, wide growth, medium strong, resistant to mildew
Overall impression: With the combination of the fruit size, fruit quality and length of the clusters, this new Lubera® Cassissima® variety is really a remarkable breakthrough in breeding black currants.
 
The benefits of the blackcurrant Blackbells®:
1. More berries per string: in contrast to almost all modern cassis varieties, Blackbells® does not have 2-5 berries, but 10-15 berries, and thus forms imposing clusters. This is exactly the play on the name we have selected: Blackbells®. The clusters not only have one or few bells like Big Ben, but 10-12. ;-)
2. More sugar and flavour: Blackbells® has enough sweetness for fresh enjoyment and can be enjoyed directly from the bush.
3. Larger berries: And despite the long clusters, Blackbells® also has very large berries which outperform most market varieties. Blackbells® is of course also highly tolerant to mildew.

As a breeder you have to admit, however modest, in listing the advantages of Cassissima® Blackbells® that such a concentrated accumulation of advances, of breeding breakthroughs, can be rarely achieved. One more reason to try this new variety. Of course, it also has a very good resistance to mildew.
 
Origin
The blackcurrant Blackbells® is one of Lubera’s own breedings and it was developed in our Swiss parent company. It was selected from a family of seedlings, which go back to the seed-free, faded Neva plants. Due to the high fruit quality and the high sugar content, we suspect that Noiroma is the father.
 
Cassis variety GreenLife
Cassissima® Greenlife (syn. Venny) is really a surprise! A green blackcurrant? How crazy does the berry world have to get? And then these blackcurrants that have a green colour also taste incredibly good! The cassis aroma, in which one can also assume an almost bitter, astringent sharpness in many varieties, is milder here (sweetly well-balanced) and Greenlife has significantly more sugar than conventional cassis varieties (though not quite as much as our sweetest cassis variety Noiroma).
 
Cassissima® Greenlife has extremely healthy foliage that naturally fits the green colour of the fruits, but it does not make the harvesting easier. ;-) But with this new cassis variety we don’t want to complain about the healthy foliage that can almost no longer be seen in many old varieties in the summer...
 
What causes this green colouring of the fruit? Quite simply, with Greenlife the gene for producing anthocyanin simply failed; the red colour is not produced, but therefore some chlorophyll and then the colour is…green. Just about the time the fruit is mature, the green turns slightly yellow, but above all is more transparent. When you think you could see through the berry, it is finally ripe and sweet.
 
In addition to Neva, Greenlife is the only variety in our range that we have not bred ourselves. It is originally from Finland and called Venny there. Why do we call it Greenlife? Well, quite simply because we have learned that a name should also say something about the variety: Greenlife has green fruit and also has very healthy growth. Perhaps with such a name we can better get used to green blackcurrants!
 
And now here’s the crucial question: why would anyone plant GreenLife-Venny in his/her garden? Firstly, because it is green, and not just black, but it still tastes like a blackcurrant. Also gardens need gags. Secondly, because it tastes very good and has healthy growth; and perhaps thirdly, because it is less attractive to the Drosophila fruit fly because of the colour, which really likes the colours...red and black.
 
Variety description for Cassissima® GreenLife
Maturity: Medium late ripening period, July
Fruit: Medium-sized fruit, green, a little brighter when ripe, transparent; small to medium-sized strings
Flavour: Mildly sweet, particularly the cassis flavour is milder (more balanced)
Growth/health: Upright, broad habit, quite compact, resistant to mildew, extremely healthy foliage

Tips

Pruning blackcurrants When pruning blackcurrants, it is important to remove the old woody shoots to ground level after 4-5 years; this creates air and energy, so that new shoots can develop that bring the best fruit quality in the 2nd to 4th year. By the way: 5 to 6 shoots are enough for a blackcurrant bush, which is expected to produce the best fruits!
 
  • Flowering Period March
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period July
  • Final height 140cm to 180cm
  • Final width 100cm to 120cm
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • 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 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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