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Repaired raspberry varieties are only gaining popularity, every year there are more and more such types of garden berries. The main advantage of remontant crops is continuous or repeated fruiting - a gardener can harvest several crops in one season. Just nine years ago, a new variety of remontant raspberries was introduced in Scotland, which was named Joan J. The advantages of the Joan Jay variety were appreciated by gardeners all over the world; in recent years, this raspberry has already been actively grown in Russia.
Description of the Joan G raspberry variety, photos and reviews about it can be found in this article. All the advantages of the remontant type will be listed here, a detailed description will be given, as well as the rules of agricultural technology.
Characteristics of the remontant raspberry
As you know, remontant varieties have a slight drawback - the taste of fruits and berries in such crops is somewhat inferior to the usual ones. Jenning Derek, who bred the Joan G raspberry variety, succeeded in the impossible - the berries taste very good and deserve 4.7 points (out of five) on any tastings.
Raspberry Joan G has the following characteristics:
- early ripening of berries - fruiting begins in July;
- long fruiting period - berries appear on the bushes until autumn frosts (usually until mid-October);
- the bushes are not too large, mostly, their height does not exceed a meter;
- shoots are thick, resilient, without thorns (which greatly simplifies harvesting);
- on each shoot it is formed from five fruit branches, their length can reach 50 cm;
- about 60-80 berries are formed on one branch already in the first year after planting;
- Joan Jay's raspberries are deep red;
- large raspberries - the average weight of berries is 6-8 grams;
- Joan G's raspberry has a wonderful taste - sweet and sour, dessert, aroma is well expressed;
- unripe raspberries are easy to distinguish by their white tip, ripe berries are evenly colored;
- Joan Jay's raspberries are resistant to drought and high summer temperatures;
- frost resistance of the variety is average - the bushes will withstand a drop in temperature without shelter, to a maximum of -16 degrees;
- the variety is unpretentious, but, like any remontant raspberry, it needs abundant nutrition;
- vigorous shoots with a large number of berries must be tied up, otherwise the branches will break off or bend.
Important! Many gardeners and experts consider Joan G's raspberry the queen of remontant varieties.
Harvested raspberries are usually consumed fresh, berries are excellent for processing and freezing. It is not recommended to grow the Joan G variety on an industrial scale, since raspberries do not tolerate transportation well and cannot be stored for a long time. But for private and small farms, this remontant raspberry is what you need.
Pros and cons of the variety
Almost all the reviews of domestic gardeners about Joan G's raspberries are positive - the variety, indeed, is one of the best. Raspberry has many strengths:
- ripe berries are easily separated from the stalks, while they practically do not crumble from the bush;
- the skin on raspberries is dense, which allows you to maintain the integrity of the crop during collection and transportation;
- very good taste;
- the ability of the plant to tolerate drought and intense heat;
- easy reproduction due to the large amount of overgrowth.
Of the shortcomings, gardeners note the not very good winter hardiness of the Joan Gee variety. These raspberries need to be sheltered or grown only in the southern regions of the country. Another nuance - it is necessary to provide the bushes with abundant feeding, because the taste and size of the fruit greatly depends on the fertility of the soil.
Attention! The listed factors cannot be called serious shortcomings, because such requirements are "put forward" by all remontant varieties of raspberries.
With proper care, Joan G's raspberry remontant allows you to collect about six kilograms from each bush. On an industrial scale, yields are, on average, 18 tons of berries per hectare of land.
How to plant raspberries
For raspberries to be as beautiful as in the photo from the article, the gardener must work hard. First, you need to plant remontant raspberries, providing the bushes with everything you need.
Advice! The Joan Jay raspberry variety has recently come to Russia, so you can find high-quality seedlings of this raspberry only in proven nurseries with a good reputation.
Any time during the entire growing season is suitable for planting remontant raspberries. If you plant bushes from mid-spring to late autumn, while using seedlings with a closed root system, the percentage of their survival rate will be 99%. But such indicators will only be in the south of the country.
Important! To increase the survival rate of seedlings, it is recommended to soak their roots in biostimulants or a solution of phosphorus-potassium fertilizers.
The place for planting raspberries is chosen sunny, protected from wind and strong drafts. The soil for planting should be loose, nutritious, well-drained.
A pit for a raspberry bush is prepared in advance - about a month before planting. It is advisable to enrich the soil with organic fertilizers, dig up the earth with humus or rotted manure.
Repaired raspberries are planted both in single pits and in group trenches. Immediately after planting, the seedlings are watered abundantly - up to 30 liters for each bush. Joan G's raspberries will begin to bear fruit next season, and if the planting was carried out in the spring, the first harvest can be expected already this year.
How to care for raspberries
Joan G is very fond of sunlight - this is the first thing a gardener should take care of. In addition to the right place for planting, it is necessary to constantly monitor the thickening of the bushes, thin them out, cut out old and excess shoots.
The rest of the care is as follows:
- In summer, especially during periods of drought, you need to water Joan G's raspberries, otherwise the berries will begin to shrink, they will be too sour and tasteless. Water consumption is calculated using the formula: 25 liters for each meter of land in the raspberry patch. It is very effective to water Joan Gee along the grooves, which are previously performed with a hoe. Raspberry responds no worse to sprinkling. You need to irrigate the bushes in the evening or early in the morning.
- The soil between the bushes is constantly loosened, weeded, weeds are removed. You can mulch the soil using any organic raw material - this will greatly facilitate the work of the gardener.
- Joan Jay's raspberries should be fed abundantly and often. The first portion of fertilizer is applied immediately after the snow melts. It can be both organic matter scattered on the ground, and mineral components. In the phase of active growth, the bushes will "like" liquid fertilizer from mullein or chicken droppings dissolved in water. Repaired raspberries need a lot of mineral fertilizers, usually urea and ammonium nitrate are used. In the second half of summer, it is better to use foliar dressing, irrigating the bushes with mineral complexes.
- Joan Gee's raspberries are processed four times per season to prevent infections and protect against pests. It is better not to neglect preventive measures, since it will be much more difficult to cure the affected bush.
- Since Joan's branches are strewn with berries, they will have to be tied up. Long shoots will simply not survive a bountiful harvest and will end up on the ground if no supports or wire are used.
- You need to trim the remontant raspberries twice: in the spring and in the fall. At the end of autumn, when all the berries have already been removed from the bush, the main pruning is carried out. At this stage, all annual shoots are cut out so that only three centimeter stumps remain of them. In the spring, sanitary pruning is carried out: shoots are removed, diseased and dried shoots are cut, the rest are cut to the first healthy bud. The buds swell, somewhere, in the middle of April - at this time, the remontant raspberries need to be cut off.
- For the winter, it is better to cover the bushes using any covering material, coniferous spruce branches, straw or sawdust. After the first winter precipitation, the snow is shoveled and a mound forms over the raspberries - this is the best shelter for any culture.
Advice! To propagate the Joan Jay variety, it is enough to dig out the root shoots and plant them in the same way as a seedling. This raspberry reproduces on its own very well and quickly.
You need to harvest remontant raspberries regularly, as they ripen very quickly. The Joan Gee variety is prone to overripening, so the berries are picked every week.
Dmitry Ivanovich, 62 years old, Tomsk
Several bushes Joan Jay gave me an acquaintance. I planted this raspberry late - at the end of May. The first thing that surprised me was that already this year the bushes have grown to almost a meter and have tied a lot of berries. Only on one shoot, I counted 80 pieces! The raspberries themselves are large, the berries are even larger than those of the Shelf. I also liked the taste of the new variety more. The berries are dense, fleshy, with a light strawberry or strawberry aroma. For the winter, I prune all remontant varieties almost to ground level. Since I have a large raspberry tree, I use a powerful brushcutter for pruning (everything with stumps is normal, they do not crack, all the cuts are even and neat). There is always a lot of snow in our land in winter, so I don't plan to cover Joanne additionally. I look forward to a large and tasty harvest next season!
Joan Gee's raspberry variety is deservedly considered one of the best. This crop is distinguished by its high yield, early ripening and excellent taste of large berries. To collect a lot of beautiful raspberries, you need to thoroughly fertilize the soil, do not forget about watering and correctly trim the bushes. In the central and northern regions of Russia, Joan must be sheltered for the winter, since the frost resistance of the variety is not very good.
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