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Every person who has had a chance to collect garden raspberries at least once recalls the unpleasant sensations from sharp thorns digging into their hands. Fortunately, there are thornless varieties of raspberries. One of these amazing plants is the Glen Coe raspberry. We will try to tell you in more detail about the features of a new, little-known variety, and the rules of cultivation.
Glen Coe raspberries were developed by Scottish breeders in 1989. To obtain a new plant, the following maternal varieties were used: Glen Prosen and Manger. In Russia, raspberries have not yet gained wide popularity, since the variety came to our open spaces quite recently.
Attention! Raspberry Glen Coe is the world's first variety with purple berries and a blackberry flavor.
Features of the bushes
- Exotic raspberry with black berries is represented by a compact shrub 1.5-2 meters high. The shoots are powerful, spreading. During cultivation, they must be tied up.
- The long shoots of the Glen Coe raspberry are completely thornless. In the first year, shoots grow, on which flower buds are laid. Raspberry Glen Koe bears fruit on the shoots of the second year.
- The leaves of the variety are dark green, compound, trifoliate or pinnate.
The Scottish raspberry variety Glen Coe, even according to the description of the berries, is exotic for Russians. Because such large pink-purple fruits have not yet been grown in gardens. On each berry, a wax bloom is clearly visible, as in the photo below. The fruits of the variety are fragrant, sweet, and taste like a blackberry.
Conical berries hang in clusters of 7-9 pieces. Each of them weighs 5 grams. Black fruits do not ripen at the same time, so raspberries are harvested several times.
Attention! During harvesting, the berries easily break off from the stalk, do not crumble, but they themselves do not fall to the ground.
Glen Coe purple raspberries can be used to make preserves, jams, pie filling. Finished products acquire an amazingly beautiful, deep red color. This is a completely natural color change after heat treatment.
The berries can be used to make juices, homemade wine and spirits. Black raspberry Glen Coe is also tasty when fresh, especially from a bush.
The indigenous people of America have long known about the beneficial properties of raspberries with purple berries. They used the raspberry fruit in the treatment of sore joints.
Like any new plant, the exotic raspberry variety Glen Coe needs not only a description and display of photos, but also clarification of the characteristics characteristic of this variety. Gardeners will not start growing raspberries if they are not aware of the advantages and disadvantages.
- The black raspberry variety Glen Koe is mid-season, the first fruits are harvested in mid-July, the last berries in September.
- Thornless shoots facilitate berry picking.
- The fruit has a versatile culinary purpose.
- The variety is productive, the plants grow quickly and vigorously.
- Glen Koe berries hold well on the bush, do not crumble.
- Raspberry varieties are unpretentious, hardy, able to withstand short-term drought.
- Glen Coe does not produce a huge number of shoots, which greatly simplifies maintenance.
- Shoots bend well in front of the shelter, do not break at the base.
- raspberries of the Glen Coe variety, according to the description and reviews of gardeners, are practically not affected by root rot and wilting according to the verticillary type.
Compared to the advantages, there are practically no disadvantages of the Glen Coe variety. Among the minuses, except that the insufficient winter hardiness of raspberry bushes. In regions with harsh winters, bending down of young shoots and good cover are required.
Glen Coe Black Raspberry has an interesting feature: new plants can be obtained in various ways:
- rooting of the apical layers;
Let's consider each method of breeding raspberries in more detail.
At the end of the growing season, interesting changes in the shoots of the Glen Coe variety can be noticed. The tops of the raspberry tilt spontaneously towards the ground. At the very tip of the shoot, a "loop" and small leaves appear. This is a sure sign that raspberries are ready to breed.
The shoot is bent to the ground, the crown is sprinkled with fertile soil. After some time, rooting occurs. You can transplant new raspberry plants in autumn or spring.
Important! You need to take an offspring together with a lump of earth.
This is one of the common breeding options for raspberries. Cuttings are cut in the fall from well-developed and healthy bushes, which have shown an excellent harvest. Cuttings should be no more than 10 centimeters. For work, you need to use a sharp pruner, previously disinfected.
Glen Coe black raspberry cuttings are placed in an antifungal solution and then placed in boxes. The bottom is covered with wet peat, in which the future planting material is placed. They store it in unheated rooms at above-zero temperatures - in the basement, cellar.
Advice! From time to time you need to check the condition of the moss, which should always be moist.
Planting of Glen Coe raspberry cuttings is carried out in the spring, when the threat of frost disappears. So that weeds do not complicate the development of new bushes, the soil surface must be mulched.
Reproduction by roots
You need to start work with the preparation of a new seat. They choose an area where raspberries, potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants have not grown before. Organic fertilizers are laid in the soil, carefully dug up. After that, the ridges are prepared.
Glen Coe black raspberry is a plant with a high survival rate. Reproduction by roots is a natural way. Therefore, the dug roots, look at the photo, always have a large number of offspring ready for rooting.
Raspberry rhizomes are planted in trenches 40-50 cm deep. The dug roots are inspected so that there are no signs of decay on them, and laid out at some distance from each other. After that, water is poured, allowed to soak in and sprinkled with fertile soil.
When new bushes of raspberry Glen Coe are received in the fall, the plantings are spud to insulate the roots. Shoots will begin to grow in the spring. Raspberry seedlings can be dug up and planted in a permanent place.
If the Glen Coe variety is propagated by root suckers in the spring, then the young bushes need to be transplanted in the fall, when the foliage is flying around.
Black raspberries of the Glen Coe variety, like many other varieties, are capable of propagating by seeds. They can be purchased at a specialized store or you can prepare the seed yourself.
The procedure is very simple:
- choose well-ripened berries that fully comply with the description and characteristics of the variety;
- raspberry fruits slightly wither in the sun, and then grind through a sieve, a gruel is obtained from pulp and seeds;
- pour the mass into clean water, stir, the seeds will settle to the bottom;
- spread the seed on a napkin and dry.
Store in the refrigerator in a damp canvas cloth.
In spring, Glen Coe raspberry seeds are mixed with wet sand and sown on seedlings. For the soil, sand and peat are taken in equal proportions. After sprouting, raspberry seedlings need a long day of light, so you will have to turn on the lamp. Watering raspberry seedlings should be moderate, but the topsoil should not be allowed to dry out.
A pick of Glen Coe seedlings is carried out when 2-3 true leaves appear. Raspberries are planted in open ground when a steady heat occurs. Seedlings are first given a separate bed, where they are grown. Raspberries are planted in a permanent place in the fall.
Planting and leaving
You can plant Glen Coe raspberries in spring or autumn. A well-lit place is chosen under the ridge. The fact is that the more light the plants receive, the sweeter and more aromatic the berries are.
Black raspberry of the Glen Coe variety feels comfortable, yields a harvest on nutritious, well-fertilized organic soils. It is also necessary to regulate the depth of underground waters, they should not be higher than one and a half meters. Otherwise, the raspberry root system is in jeopardy.
During the digging of the soil, the rhizomes of perennial weeds are removed. Lime is added to the soil with high acidity before digging at the rate of 300-600 grams per square meter. The Glen Coe raspberries are planted in trenches that are cut at a distance of one meter. Saplings of varieties with black berries are placed in increments of 30-50 cm and covered with fertile soil.
Attention! When planting raspberries, you need to pay attention to the deepening of the plant: the root collar should not be underground.
Immediately after planting, Glen Coe raspberry seedlings shed and mulch the soil well. A few days later, pruning is carried out: the shoots should not be more than 40 cm.This operation is necessary to accelerate rooting, as well as to form a bush and fruiting raspberries next year.
Further care for seedlings is the same as for adult raspberry bushes. This plant loves moisture, especially at the time of flowering and pouring berries, but it is not necessary to fill it to a swampy state: stagnant water provokes root diseases. The grown raspberry shoots are tied to the trellis. The same procedure is carried out in the spring after digging up the shoots.
Features of feeding
During the growing season, simultaneously with irrigation under raspberries, mineral or organic fertilizers are applied. It can be mullein, infusion of green grass. Be sure to sprinkle wood ash under the bushes of the Glen Koe variety, with which the leaves are also powdered.
Here are examples of the proportions of different fertilizers (fertilizer / water):
- mullein is bred 1: 7;
- bird droppings 1:18;
- herbal infusion 1: 9;
- 1 liter of wood ash is dissolved in 10 liters of water;
- 50 grams of superphosphate in a ten-liter bucket.
The first time they feed the Glen Coe raspberries at the time of flowering, then when the berries increase. The third feeding is carried out after the first harvest.
Advice! Any feeding is accompanied by abundant watering.
Protection against diseases and pests
Raspberries of any variety can suffer from diseases and pests. Immediately after digging up the shoots, while the buds have not started to grow, the plants are treated with Bordeaux liquid. And not only the stems, but also the soil.
When the first leaves appear, you can spray the plants with a pink solution of potassium permanganate or an infusion of wood ash. This will save the Glen Coe black raspberry bushes from possible pests.
Chemicals can be used only as a last resort and before the berries begin to pour.
Raspberry Glen Coe is a cultivar with an extended fruiting period. As a rule, the last berries are harvested before mid-September. After harvesting, the fruiting shoots are cut out, leaving a small stump. As for the young shoots of raspberries, they begin to pinch them at the end of August, so that they have time to become woody.
When the leaves fly around, and this happens around the middle of October, the replacement shoots are bent, pinned and covered for the winter. A non-woven material is thrown on top of the raspberries, and then sprinkled with a layer of soil. Until frost has begun, it is not recommended to completely fill up the plantings. So that the raspberries do not straighten out, vents are left from the ends. They are capitally closed at night temperatures of minus 8-10 degrees.
Vladislav, 40 years old, Far East
Raspberry Glen Coe bought a few years ago. I planted a plant with black fruits in a separate bed away from varietal red raspberries. I liked the variety for its unpretentiousness, especially since our winters with an abundance of snow reject the need to shelter shoots. There are many berries on the bushes, they have an unusual taste, reminiscent of a blackberry. Children like raspberries Glen Coe very much, especially since the fruits ripen early. We use it for jam, bake pies, and also prepare homemade wine. I advise you to have exotic Glen Coe raspberries on the site.
Violetta, 39 years old, Bryansk
My impressions of Glen Coe are not entirely disingenuous. I don't know why, but the berries on my raspberries are kind of gnarled. The taste is also not very good. I like Cumberland better. I left 3 shoots for another year, and in the fall I'll see if I can remove them.