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Black Boomer currant was obtained by crossing very popular and sweet-fruit varieties of this berry culture - Miracle Maker and Selechenskaya II.
Variety "Black Boomer" was bred in the city of Kharkov by the famous breeder Mikhail Petrovich Uzenkov. The author has devoted more than thirty years to work on variety testing, as well as the propagation of famous and popular berry crops. All varieties developed by this author became popular with gardeners in Ukraine and Russia.
Description and characteristic
Aronia variety is characterized by early crop formation and very large berries, the weight of which reaches 6-7 g. The berries are one-dimensional, with a fairly dense consistency of pulp, covered with a glossy skin. Berry clusters look very attractive. The taste of ripe berries is excellent. The pulp at the stage of full ripeness is characterized by sweetness and a very pronounced aroma. The advantage of this currant is the dry separation of berries.
Bushes are powerful, straight-growing, but very compact. This variety compares favorably with other sweet-fruited varieties by its unpretentiousness and increased resistance to damage by the diseases most common for blackcurrant. Productivity is very high and stable from year to year. Peak fruiting occurs in mid-summer. A fully ripe berry stays on the bushes for a long time, crumbles a little when it is strongly overripe.
Black Boomer Currant: Harvesting
Dates and rules for planting seedlings
Planting Black Boomer blackcurrant has some nuances:
- higher yields and the formation of larger berries are observed if several different varieties are planted nearby, which stimulates mutual pollination;
- currants of this high-yielding variety can be planted both in autumn and in spring, but autumn is considered the most favorable time for planting prepared seedlings;
- planting of seedlings with a closed root system is carried out in a more extended time, spring-summer planting is recommended in April-June, and autumn planting of seedlings is best done in September or October;
- any blackcurrant is quite demanding on soil fertility, therefore it grows poorly and develops when cultivated in wetlands and too acidic soils;
- the area reserved for the cultivation of black currant must necessarily be as even and clear of weeds as possible, carefully consider the removal of wheatgrass;
- about one and a half to two months before planting prepared seedlings of blackcurrant, organic fertilizers must be introduced into the soil in the form of manure, compost or peat, and then deep digging of the soil should be carried out;
- when planting, seedlings should be placed at a standard distance of at least 1.5-2 m in a row, which will not only facilitate the care of adult plants, but also improve the nutrition of blackcurrant;
- digging pits or trenches should be dug in advance, adhering to a depth of 35-40 cm and a width of at least 50-60 cm.
In the planting pit, seedlings must be placed in an inclined position, observing the angle of inclination of the plant at about 45 degrees. It is very important to obtain high productivity of the berry shrub to deepen the root neck of the seedling by about 8-10 cm, which will make it possible to obtain a more powerful bush with numerous well-developed shoots.
Immediately after planting, if necessary, pruning is carried out, and then abundant watering of the plant at the rate of one and a half buckets of water for each seedling. It is advisable to mulch the soil with organic matter.
"Black Boomer" is a very highly productive variety of blackcurrant, unpretentious in care and one of the most drought tolerant, which makes it popular for growing in regions with high temperature indicators and almost complete absence of rain for a long time.
Reviews of gardeners about this currant in most cases are very positive. Summer residents note such merits of the variety as high resistance to pests and diseases, as well as early plant maturity, which makes it possible to harvest the first crop already in the second year after planting seedlings in a permanent place.
How to care for currants
According to the observation of experienced gardeners, the variety forms super-large berries by weight and size, the average weight of which, with competent agricultural technology, is at least 7-7.2 g. The berry is not only large, but also very attractive in appearance, but it can strew a little from the heat. However, in general, it is a very worthy variety for home gardening, and the high content of ripe fructose in berries allows it to be attributed to the best dessert varieties that children like very much.