Question: currants and the like
dear expert, I am always a beggar from LECCE and I would like to know in addition to strawberries if I can plant currants or blueberries or all those similar fruits in short because I like them so much and they do well they told me about the circulation and the heart. if they can plant I would thank you very much for being able to receive the procedure. how to buy them. seeds or plants? but do they exist on the market? thank you and greetings
Answer: currants and the like
although the berries are often gathered under the same denomination, not all of these fruits show the same identical conditions of cultivation; blueberries are acidophilic plants, like azaleas, and need acidic, fresh and moist soil, otherwise the plants do not produce flowers or the fruits become dry and inedible.
In general, strawberries also need a cool and humid climate, at least in the spring weeks; in fact, the areas in which traditionally the berries are grown in Italy are almost all in Trentino or in Alto Adige, where the spring climate is decidedly cool; in these areas, however, berries are often grown in a greenhouse, while in Lecce I believe that the climate is more suitable for cultivation in the open ground, even if you should avoid the flower beds placed in full sun.
The redcurrant, both the red one and the black one (often called cassis), develop on small branched, deciduous shrubs, which love limestone soils and positions with at least a few hours of sunshine per day; they are more resistant than strawberries and blueberries, and do not require watering, except in the hottest periods of the year; at the end of winter they are pruned to encourage the development of new branches, which will bring the fruits to their heights.
Blackberries develop on brambles: thorny weeds that develop creepers or prostrates; On the market there are generally very large and shiny fruit varieties, but little sweet, which takes on an excellent flavor only if cooked.
They are grown in any well-drained soil, in full sun or in partial shade. They mature in late summer.
Raspberries have small, poorly branched plants, which often dry out completely in autumn, ripen in summer and love limestone soils, in well-sunny places.
Blackberries and raspberries do not need large watering, especially when they have been in the habit for some time; there are also various hybrids of blackberries and raspberries, also with yellow fruits, with a particularly pleasant taste and large size.
Gooseberry is rarely used in Italy, which instead has an excellent flavor and produces large quantities of fruit, even when it is not grown at its best; even the gooseberry produces thin elongated, thorny stems, which in summer bring the typical round, sweet and fragrant fruits, excellent especially for preparing jams.
All these plants are easily found on the market, both in the nursery and on the sector's websites; as you live in an area that generally does not have a particularly favorable climate for all berries, I recommend you look for young plants in a nursery near your home, so that they can recommend the most suitable varieties to grow in the area of Lecce.