Growing Hybrid Cane Fruits and Berries

 

When we come to the hybrid cane fruits, the one that springs immediately to mind is the loganberry. This, like most of the others, is a hybrid between a blackberry and a raspberry, but being American in origin, these are not exactly the same as our own native ones.

The loganberry’s main fault is its doubtful hardiness; a cruel winter can kill it almost to the ground. However, the fruit has excellent flavour, freezes well and makes good jam, even if its value for dessert is not particularly high.

King's Acre Berry - cross between raspberry and blackberryThe thorny variety LY59 has been largely replaced by the equal cropping, but thornless, LY654.

Loganberries should be planted at least 6ft (1.8m) apart and preferably 10ft (3m).

The much more recent tayberry was bred at the Scottish Crops Research Institute and is much better than the loganberry. Although its flavour and uses are similar; crop weights are double and it is much hardier.

Two types are available: the tayberry and the Medana tayberry. These are exactly the same in every respect except that the

Medana prefix means that the plants have been tested for virus diseases and, as far as can be judged, found to be free. However, no reputable nursery would dream of selling possibly infected stock. Buckingham tayberry is a thornless version of the original. Tayberries should be planted 8ft (2.5m) apart.

The cultivation of tayberries is along very similar lines to that of the blackberry. They need the permanent post and wire support system and all operate the same biennial cropping with the canes growing one year and fruiting the next, after which they are cut out.

Even the pests and diseases are almost identical to those of raspberries.

16. May 2011 by admin
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