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Raspberry "Pride of Russia" refers to large-fruited varieties with very attractive, salable berries. This outstanding variety is in fact the pride of domestic breeders and deserves the closest attention from gardeners.
Description of the Pride of Russia variety characterizes it as a reliable and winter-hardy variety, perfectly adapted to difficult growing conditions. It was obtained at the Moscow VSTiPS twenty years ago by domestic breeder V.V. Kichina as a result of hybridization of the Stolichnaya raspberry variety with the Stambovy-20 donor.
A variety of medium early ripening, with a peak fruiting in mid-summer. The harvest is long, of the order of five sets, and ends approximately in the first decade of August. Average productivity indicators are about 4.5 kg per plant or 18 t / ha.
Bushes of medium growth strength, with a height of not more than 1.5-1.8 m, are quite compact. The plant forms about 8-12 shoots of substitution, as well as about 5-7 root offspring. On strong young shoots there is no wax coating and studding. The presence of pubescence is characteristic. Leaves of bright green color, large enough. On each fruit branch there are more than twenty berries weighing 8-10 g, conical in shape, with well-boned drupes. The variety is characterized by dry separation of berries, allowing for transportation and short-term storage of the harvested crop.
The indicators of winter hardiness and frost resistance reach -30 ° C; therefore, the variety is in demand for cultivation in regions with rather adverse weather conditions. An advantage is the high level of resistance to the most common fungal and viral lesions. The variety is extremely rarely attacked by aphids.
Despite the fact that Raspberry Pride of Russia has a large number of expressed advantages, it also has disadvantages that are important to consider when cultivating varieties:
Along with other large-fruited varieties, in order to obtain a stable and maximally high yield, Pride of Russia needs to observe intensive agricultural technology and conduct proper care measures at all stages of berry crop cultivation.
"Pride of Russia" refers to varieties of a two-year fruiting cycle, therefore, during the first year of planting, it builds up shoots. Berry formation occurs in the second year. To get the maximum yield, it is necessary to carry out a whole range of measures:
In the autumn, it is recommended to prune the shoots to the root, which has a positive effect on next year’s productivity indicators.
Planting Raspberry Pride of Russia has no significant differences from the planting technology of any other varieties of this berry culture popular in our country:
After planting, shoots are subject to mandatory pruning at a height of 15-20 cm, and also carried out watering and mulching trunks circles. After about ten years, it will be necessary to find a new place for large-fruited raspberries on the plot and carry out the transplant necessary to maintain the productivity of the berry crop.
According to experienced gardeners who have been cultivating the most promising and large-fruited raspberries for several years, medium-sized plants of the Pride of Russia variety can produce a good crop even on a small landing area. The variety really shows tolerance to the main diseases most dangerous for raspberries., and if any, there is no decrease in yield or quality of the berries.
Fruiting is stable, annual and very plentiful. High productivity requires competent care, which will include such basic measures as watering and fertilizing, removing weeds and shallow loosening of the upper soil layer, as well as the formation of a bush.
A plus is the unattractiveness of raspberries for aphids, which reduces the need for strong chemicals, which makes the crop the most attractive from an environmental point of view.
The worthy Pride of Russia variety has received high marks and positive reviews from amateur gardeners over the years and is rightfully considered one of the best for cultivation in the middle lane of our country.