Malina Meteor is the product of the hard work of Russian breeders. Early variety with remarkable characteristics, opening the "raspberry" season in the country. Berry universal purpose.
Very good fresh and in the blanks. In order for the raspberry variety Meteor to meet all your expectations, you must first familiarize yourself with its biological features, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. This analysis will help grow a good crop of raspberry Meteor without much hassle. After all, if the plant is comfortable in the soil in your area and the weather conditions suit, then the result will be excellent. In the article we will pay attention to various issues. For example, external signs that Raspberry Meteor has, description of the variety, photos, reviews and informative video.
Description and characteristics of the early variety
Raspberry Meteor, a description of the variety of which is important for gardeners, is derived by crossing representatives of the average maturity. But the berry itself belongs with the early one and gives a start to the raspberry season.
Shrubs of the popular Meteor variety are medium tall, upright and powerful. The height of one plant reaches 2 meters. During the season, each raspberry bush Meteor forms 20-25 shoots of a meter length. The plant can be grown without garters.
The tops on the shoots of raspberries Meteor drooping and with a slight wax coating. Thorns are few and not dangerous, because thin and short.
The main attraction of Raspberry Meteor is berries.
Although they have an average weight (2-3 g), but the form is original dull-conical. Good care and a favorable climate allow the berries to reach weight and to 5-6 g. The color of the fruit is bright, red, the taste is pleasant dessert. Having tried raspberry berries at least once, you immediately want to plant this variety.
The main valuable characteristic of raspberry Meteor for gardeners is its unpretentiousness. After all, gardeners love to plant crops that do not require special growing conditions and too careful care.
What other benefits does Meteor raspberry have?
Of course, winter hardiness and resistance to habitual diseases of raspberry. The plant winters well and without shelter. Of course, in regions with a harsh climate it is better not to risk it.
Among the shortcomings of the variety are susceptibility to attacks of spider mites and shoots gall midges. And from the diseases of the raspberry variety Meteor is unstable to sprouting and purple spotting.
Separately, it should be noted yield characteristics. Raspberries, a variety which belongs to the early ripening, is distinguished by ripening berries. Therefore, many farmers grow Meteor for sale.
The first ripe berries of raspberry can be tasted already in the middle of June, and if you are lucky with the weather, even at the beginning of the month. The flesh is thick, so raspberry tolerates transportation.
Planting and growing nuances
Raspberry Meteor belongs to varieties with a good degree of self-fertility, but gardeners use a reliable way to increase the number of ovaries. They simply plant a row of raspberries of other varieties of the same ripening period to ensure pollination. Along with the amount of the harvest, the quality indicators of the berries also increase. A meteor is a raspberry, a variety that tolerates winter well. Therefore, seedlings are equally successfully planted both in spring and autumn. But according to the observation of gardeners, spring planting is more successful. Plants planted in the spring, ahead in growth of those who planted in the fall.
Planted raspberries Meteor in pre-prepared pits. Some prefer to plant in trenches, the depth and width of which is 35 cm. The size of the planting pits is 30x30 cm. Gardeners grow Meteor in a variety of ways or in rows, depending on the size of the plot and personal preferences. Row spacing can withstand at least 1.5 - 2.2 meters, and between plants with bush planting - 0.75 cm, while planting in rows - 0.5 cm.Important! When the seedling root system is falling asleep with earth, make sure that the roots do not bend upwards.
As soon as the raspberry planting is completed, the plants are immediately watered. With an ordinary planting method, they consume 10 liters of water per 1 running meter. For a separate plant, 6 liters is enough.
After watering the land is mulched. For raspberries, it is good to use peat chips, compost, mowed grass or rotted manure. The thickness of the mulch layer is at least 5 cm. The final action will be cutting of a seedling to a height of 25-30 cm.
Now young crimson bushes need attention. Watering is necessary especially in the absence of natural precipitation. On 1 square. m raspberries need 3 buckets of water. If the irrigation rate is not maintained, the berry becomes shallow, the yield and sweetness of the fruit decreases. In subsequent years, for Raspberry Meteor, watering at the beginning of flowering bushes is mandatory, during the period of active growth of shoots.
For good development and fruiting of Meteor raspberry you need food.
Organics in the soil contribute once every three years. Proportions - 5 kg of substance per 1 sq. m square. But mineral fertilizers for raspberries Meteor is used as follows:
- ammonium nitrate is introduced in early spring in an amount of 20 g;
- foliar spraying with karbofos (10%) at the time of raspberry blossoming and budding with a solution of 10 liters of water 75 g of substance;
- potassium phosphate compounds are needed at the time of pre-winter preparation.
Raspberry variety Meteor responds well to food with organic infusions of chicken manure or slurry. After infusion, the formulations are diluted with water. In the first embodiment, 1:10, in the second 1: 5. Any feeding is combined with irrigation to better dissolve and assimilate the elements.
Preparing for winter consists of bending down the shoots to the ground and shelter.Important! This event must be held before the onset of frost, otherwise the plants will easily break.
Care for raspberry bushes in subsequent years is to:
- timely watering;
- preventive treatments for diseases and pests;
- preparing for winter.
Be sure to loosen the aisles, as well as get rid of weeds.
Meteor has some minor drawbacks, which should be noted:
- With a height of shoots over 2 meters, you will need tapestries for tying.
- The variety does not like return frosts, in which the root system of a plant can seriously suffer.
Otherwise, raspberries are completely satisfied with summer residents by their parameters.