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Blackberry "Giant" is positioned as a non-studded variety with high resistance to diseases and large berries. Description of the variety declares simply stunning productivity.
Varietal characteristic and botanical description
A blackberry called "Giant" is one of the best and highest-yielding varieties: it is able to produce about 25-30 kg of juicy, marketable, giant berries from each adult bush per season. Blackberry bushes bear fruit almost continuously from the first decade of July to late autumn. The frost resistance of the variety reaches -30 ° C.
Berry bushes are sprawling, form powerful shoots with whole clusters of lush inflorescences. The flowering period falls at the very beginning of summer. The average mass of fully ripened berries exceeds 20 g. The berries are elongated, very attractive, conical in shape. The color is deep black with a pronounced sheen. The taste is sour-sweet, very delicate. Ripe berries have a pronounced blackberry flavor.
It is advisable to set aside areas with maximum illumination for landing the Giant, but this variety can bear fruit in light shading conditions. The standard distance between blackberry seedlings is 1-1.3 m. It is recommended to plant a blackberry in the period from March to May or by the beginning of autumn, in August-September.
How to plant a “Giant” blackberry
Features of agricultural technology varieties
It is not difficult to grow blackberries of the Giant variety, and agricultural technology is very simple and does not cause gardeners much trouble:
- in the spring, it is necessary to introduce organic fertilizers in the form of ash, humus and compost, followed by mulching of the root zone of berry bushes;
- Ovary formation can be balanced by fertilizing the bushes with fertilizers such as urea and nitroammophosk;
- blackberry bushes do not tolerate a lack of moisture, so mulching the soil is the key to a high and stable yield;
- at the stage of mass ripening of berries, watering of productive shrubs is carried out weekly, with the consumption of at least a bucket of water for each plant;
- to perform such a simple procedure as the formation of a berry bush, it is necessary, while last year's shoots are tied to the trellis, and new ones remain free;
- after the final harvest is carried out, it is necessary to remove all sprouted shoots;
- preparation of plants for winter is also important, which is especially important in regions with severe winters and severe frosts.
Experienced gardeners and specialists recommend sheltering even winter-hardy and frost-resistant varieties for the winter period. To prepare the blackberry bushes for winter, it is necessary to lay all the shoots on the ground, cover with straw and agrofiber, which will not allow the plants to warm up, but will well protect against sharp drops in temperature.
Features of blackberry pruning suggest the removal in the autumn of thawed, underdeveloped, damaged and weak shoots. Each blackberry bush should consist of about seven to eight of the most mature and healthy shoots. Trimming the top of the shoots by 25-30 cm increases the chances of the plant for a hassle-free wintering. In the spring, lateral branches form on the shoots, which must be shortened, leaving about ten buds.
We also suggest that you familiarize yourself with the varietal characteristics and planting rules of the Polar blackberry.
Blackberry "Giant" has earned positive reviews and appreciation of gardeners due to the large mass and excellent taste of berries, as well as high productivity. Inexperienced gardeners often confuse this novelty with an old English blackberry variety called Bedford Giant, which is distinguished by very prickly shoots of the creeping type, which involves the use of a support for cultivation. A distinctive feature of the English variety is a smaller berry, the weight of which does not exceed 7 g.
How to crop a blackberry in spring
In the UK, this variety is grown on an industrial scale, but too vigorous and intense growth of shoots often makes it impossible to cultivate it in small garden areas. Blackberry "Giant", on the contrary, is quite unpretentious and well suited as a berry crop for home gardening.