When breeding new varieties, the main task of breeders is to increase the yield of the plant and its endurance. Gooseberry varieties “Kolobok” harmoniously combines these two positive qualities. This sort of medium period of maturation. At lower temperatures, freezing is possible. Poorly tolerates a frequent alternation of weather conditions.
A bush of gooseberries of medium height with a little spreading. The direction of the shoots is sloping, but the branches are not located close to the ground. Young shoots have a bright green color and medium thickness. Over time, they acquire a gray color and become much thinner.
The branches are studded with thorns, but the index of prickiness in gooseberries is understated, relative to other varieties. The spines are opaque and are located in the nodes of the shoots. Spines with shoots form a right angle, which is a feature of this variety. The buds of the plant have a rounded shape and shrink to the outside.
The leaves of the bush are medium in size and saturated in green color. The surface of the leaf is uneven and concave in the middle part. The edge of the plate is flat with rounded teeth. The leaf quill is fixed to the shoot at an acute angle. Buds in the flowering period are green with a pink frame.
A feature of this variety are the large gooseberry berries, which have a spherical shape, almost ideal. The color of the fruit is burgundy, the surface of the berries is glossy, with a light waxy coating. Harvesting is easy, berries easily come off the stalk. Skin of gooseberry has an average hardness, but this does not affect the taste of berries.
The number of veins in the berry is small, in color they are lighter in a few tones from the skin. The seeds are of medium size, located symmetrically inside the fetus. Even in case of delaying harvesting, the berries keep well on the bush and do not crumble.
The taste of the fruit is sweet with a pronounced sour taste. The composition of berries includes a sufficient amount of sugar and vitamin C. Fruits are recommended to consume in order to maintain immunity and in the fight against colds. Most often, gooseberry is used fresh, but it is also suitable for preservation.
The berries keep their shape well during heat treatment and mainly due to the strength of the peel. From gooseberries prepare jam and compotes, wine and liqueur. Thanks to the sugar, which is part of the berries, the fermentation process passes safely. Berry gives a unique flavor and taste to a drink that can not be confused with anything.
Plant the plant better in the early spring or autumn, when the shoots are not in the active state. The gooseberry breeds by means of shoots, which easily take root. The depth of the pit for planting should be at least 30-40 cm. The ground must be loosened and fertilized. After planting the earth is pressed down and watered with soft water.
The plant does not like constant moist soil, in such conditions, the root system can rot. Gooseberries do not need special care, it is enough to periodically loosen the ground, the root system needs air access, it is necessary to monitor the moisture content of the soil.
Fruits can grow small with increasing bush density. It is necessary to annually clean the plant, remove damaged and dry branches, cut off unnecessary shoots. With proper care, the harvest will be regular and of high quality. The plant needs fertilizing the soil, it is better to introduce mineral substances in a dissolved form.
In severe frost, the plant may die, so it is recommended to close the bush for winter. For this, you can use spruce or pine branches, as well as stems of sunflower or corn.
Gooseberry variety “Kolobok”