The Black Satin blackberry fruits abundantly from August until October. Its berries are large, juicy, tasty, and healthy. It’s frost and disease resistant, reaches 3-5 m in height and sprawls quickly. Black Satin is thornless, which is an added advantage. Its fruit are great for direct ...
rubus fruticosus x ideaus
The loganberry is a hybrid of the North American blackberry and the European raspberry. As is usually the case with hybrids, this cultivar has the best traits of the two species. It inherited large, elongated, maroon-red fruit from the raspberry, and up to 4 m long, slender shoots from the blackberry.
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General description: The loganberry is a hybrid of the North American blackberry and the European raspberry. It’s characterized by elongated, cylindrical fruit of a maroon-red colour. Up to 2.6 kg of fruit may be harvested from one shrub of this cultivar. If pruned, the loganberry fruits abundantly.
Flowers: Flowers are white or delicately pink and bloom in June.
Blooming: This shrub blooms relatively late, near the end of April. Thank to this, its flowers are not susceptible to harsh spring frosts.
Fruit: Loganberry fruit are very large, reaching 6 cm in length and 2 cm in diameter, with a dark red colour and resemble raspberries. They are delicious, aromatic and sweet and sour and uncannily similar in taste to blackberries.
Ripening: The loganberry shrub starts to fruit in June, but fruit is ready to be picked at the turn of July and August. Up to 2.5 kg may be harvested from one shrub.
Cultivation requirements: For proper growth and prolific fruiting, the loganberry needs a warm, sunny location sheltered from wind, and fertile, moist but well-drained, nutrient-rich humus soil with a slightly acidic pH. It does not tolerate wet and heavy substrates or dry and sandy soils. It also doesn’t tolerate longer rainless spells, so regular watering is needed during drier periods.
Pruning: Long shoots grow from the main cane just above ground, and not from the roots like in the case of raspberries. Therefore, the loganberry requires much less, more careful pruning. Old, withered, or damaged canes should be pruned between the end of August and the beginning of September, after fruiting. Side shoots on the remaining stems should be shortened to approximately 25 cm. Support should be provided if the loganberry is not to sprawl on the ground.
Overwintering: The loganberry is moderately frost resistant (hardiness zone 6b). Protecting young seedlings for the winter by covering them with thick agrotextile is necessary. The protection should be removed come spring.
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