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For summer residents, red currant is valuable not only for tasty and very healthy fruits, but also for its easy care. Dutch pink currant is a fairly old West European variety. The history of its origin is not reliably elucidated. But at the same time, he gained popularity both in the size and abundance of fruits, and in his decorativeness. After all, the fruits have an unusual pale pink color. The slender bush itself also looks beautiful.
Variety of red currant "Dutch pink" is late ripe. The bushes have an average height of up to 1.5 meters, not sprawling, not thickened, which allows the crop to ripen quite amicably. This variety boasts the size of its fruit. If traditional varieties considered large-fruited have berries weighing 0.6 - 0.7 g, then Dutch pink has a fruit of 0.9 - 1.1 g. And some gardeners manage to cherish the bushes so that they give fruits the size of a cherry - up to 2.5 g in weight. In addition, the berries have a thin skin and very small seeds, unlike other traditional varieties characteristic of our gardens.
This variety is high yielding. - 4.5-9 kg of fruits are harvested from one adult plant. Each berry brush contains up to 15 flowers, of which an ovary is formed.
An important advantage can be considered that the Dutch pink currant is resistant to both low winter temperatures and summer drought. It is also characterized by resistance to diseases and pests.
But there is nothing absolutely flawless. So, this variety at first grows slowly, later enters fruiting. Despite the excellent gelling properties of the berries, they are, according to some gardeners, not sweet enough. But still this type of redcurrant is considered one of the best dessert varieties.
How to plant currants
Valuable properties of redcurrant berries
The value of the fruits of red (pink) currants lies in their chemical composition. It contains a large number of substances important for the body:
- Potassium - up to 275 mg per 100 g of berries. This macrocell positively affects the work of the heart.
- Calcium - 36 mg per 100 g. It strengthens the skeletal system.
- Phosphorus - 33 mg per 100 g. Strengthens tooth enamel, takes part in metabolic processes in the body.
- Vitamin A (retinol) - 33 mg per 100 g. It is an excellent antioxidant.
- Vitamin C - 25 mg per 100 g. Of course, it is less in red currant than in black. But in its content, it is in no way inferior to raspberries. The value of this vitamin is primarily in strengthening the immune system.
There are other vitamins and minerals in the composition of redcurrant berries that our body needs. And the high content of pectins, which remove salts of heavy metals from the body, makes this berry simply irreplaceable.
Secrets of agricultural technology of red currant
Dutch red currant (pink) is successfully grown by amateur gardeners in the Urals and Siberia.
They share the secrets of obtaining high yields of this variety.
The owner of the Kuzbass household plots says she is trying to satisfy all the needs of her “pink pearl", in gratitude for which she has been giving her annual lasting yields for many years.
What are the secrets of agricultural technology? They turn out to be very simple. This is regular watering, removing weeds around the bushes and loosening the soil so that the root system receives the necessary amount of oxygen.
In early spring, it is good to spray the bush with a solution of potassium permanganate (1-2 g per bucket of water). This, according to gardeners, increases the ability of a plant to tie berries, and also makes them larger.
During the growing season of the bushes, in spring and early summer, in the root circle every 10-14 days, top dressing with mullein is made. And in the fall, after fruiting is finished, well-rotted manure is placed “under a bucket” under each bush.
Currant: growing and care
Bushes of red currant, if proper care is provided for them, can continue bearing fruit for up to 25 years.