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Himbeere Primeberry® Malling Passion®

purple autumn raspberry with exotic taste, unique!

Himbeere Primeberry® Malling Passion®
 
 
 

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This product will be released at 1 August 2017

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Product information "Himbeere Primeberry® Malling Passion®"

Here, together with our breeding partners in East Malling, another breeding breakthrough has succeeded: a crossing of the black American raspberry with the garden raspberry, in its autumn-bearing form. The black American raspberries - native to the U.S. east coast to the Midwest - have also gained importance in recent years. Their “different”, exotic aroma and above all their health-promoting antioxidant properties are widely accepted. When we participated at a garden show in England a few years ago, after a talk by the gardening author James Wong about “healthy” fruits, our booth was suddenly full and 15 minutes later the black raspberry (it was Black Jewel) was sold out completely...but the black raspberry also has some drawbacks that scream for improvements: small fruits, sometimes lack of juiciness and fruitiness (too little sugar), more than just annoying thorns and bearing fruits on two-year-old canes like summer raspberries. A challenge for our breeder souls!
 
With the purple raspberry Malling Passion we can now imagine the fusion of the best properties of both raspberry worlds: the fruit size is about twice to three times the size of Black Jewel, the colour is dark purple and blends the black with the red of the well-known garden raspberry, the aroma still has the resinous-smoky tone of black raspberry, but with significantly more fruitiness. This is the main thing: Malling Passion bears fruit on the one-year-old canes starting the 2nd week of August.
 
This last point is especially important when you consider that the black raspberries (and, unfortunately, also Malling Passion) are relatively thorny: yes, we have not yet been able to get all the bad qualities out of the American raspberry...after all, the autumn-bearing Malling Passion can be cut back to the ground in February, which is much easier and, above all, significantly less bloody than the attempt to retie the original black raspberries for a second year (which is necessary for all summer-bearing black raspberries).
 
Cultivation: Bears fruit on one-year-old canes from the second week of August; cut back all of the canes to the ground in the spring
Maturity: Approx. 10th of August to the end of September, continuous, very high yield
Fruits: Round fruits, sometimes frosted slightly white. The colour is similar to black raspberries, but with a clear purple appearance. Double the size of 'Black Jewel'
Flavour: Very juicy, with the fruitiness of the European raspberries, but also with the special aroma of black raspberries that somehow tastes exotic and "resinously" smoky. I have always called them “smoke berries”.
Growth: Vigorous growing, with thorns, which are slightly smaller than the ones on black raspberries
Health: Strong and healthy growth, no cane diseases. Young plants planted in the spring can already have an average yield in the first year.
 
What are Lubera primeberries?
The primeberries are the EASY raspberries from the breeder programme at Lubera. Cut down all the canes in February - and starting in August the wonderful raspberries can be harvested on this year's canes. Here, the progress of the primeberries compared to the previous autumn raspberry varieties is striking:

-better taste
-larger fruits
-easier cultivation, thanks to the upright, healthy habit
 
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period August, September
  • Final height 180cm to 2m
  • Final width 40cm to 60cm
  • Available August, September, October, November, December
  • Sweetness moderately sweet
  • Use for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil dry, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • 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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