General information

All about growing high-yielding gooseberry Komandor

In breeding is constantly improving the characteristics and advantages of plants. If we talk about gooseberries, the breeders had to attend to the resistance of this shrub to the main fungal disease - powdery mildew. As well as scientists tried to bring large-fruited varieties and get rid of the main deficiency of the shrub, its barbs. Gooseberry Commander became one of the first beshipnyh varieties.

Variety description

The first non-sorts of varieties were Mildish, Orlyonok and Kolobok, but they had insufficient frost resistance. The variety, freed from this shortcoming, became the middle-early Commander.

The gooseberry variety Komandor is bred in the Chelyabinsk Scientific Research Institute for the Ural region. That was in 1999. For its time, the variety was a great achievement. His second name - Vladil was named after his creator: the famous breeder Vladimir Sergeevich Ilyin.

Description of the variety must begin with a list of its many advantages.

Commander's characteristics are as follows:

  • powdery mildew resistant
  • ballless,
  • frost-resistant, withstands - 25–35 ° C,
  • high-yielding
  • samoplodny,
  • with prolonged fruiting,
  • very strong bush with strong branches and large leaves,
  • berries weighing 5–7 g,
  • red-brown fruits have a thin peel,
  • berries do not crack and do not crumble,
  • fruits have few seeds,
  • taste is estimated at 4.6 points on a 5-point scale.

Fruit ripening begins in late May and lasts throughout June. Removed unripe berries can “reach” in a cool place to ripeness within 10 days. When transporting berries should be collected in the stage of incomplete maturity.

Dry berries collected in the morning can be stored at zero temperature for a month and a half. In the refrigerator, wrapped in a plastic bag, they lie for 2-4 months.

There is an old variety and a number of drawbacks for today:

  • small berries weighing 3–9 g,
  • not very tasty fruit,
  • weak aroma
  • low transportability,
  • susceptibility to certain pests,
  • unstable leaf spot.

Because of this, the berries of Commander mostly recommended for processing.

Generally, blessing varieties are lagging behind traditional prickly varieties. The fact is that the lack of grace, as well as resistance to powdery mildew, are acquired when mixed with North American varieties. And they are not only resistant to the main fungal disease of the species, but also have an inexpressive, mealy taste.

This is not to say that the shortcomings of the variety deprived his fans. Jam, compotes and wine from this gooseberry tastes great. Given the significant yields, the Komandor variety will not disappear from the Ural gardens.

Gooseberry light-requiring and drought-resistant. It should be watered only with a prolonged drought. He does not like a strong wind, dense planting and weeds.

Gooseberry Commander can be planted in spring and autumn. Autumn planting hardens seedlings. Spring planting allows you to build a strong root and strong branches before the onset of winter. But still autumn planting is preferable. The optimal timing is mid-September and early October.

It is necessary to observe the rules of planting, and not to plant a gooseberry after a currant, a gooseberry and a raspberry.

Landing begins with the preliminary preparation of a pit 0.4 cm deep and 0.6 cm wide. They pour into the pit:

  • a bucket of humus or dung with straw,
  • 0.3 kg of lime,
  • 0.3 kg of ash or 40 grams of potassium salt.

You can add 200 grams of superphosphate and 50 grams of potassium sulfate to a bucket of organics. Fertilizers are mixed with fertile soil.

By planting seedlings start in a week. On the day they are immersed in a weak solution of potassium permanganate.

The standard seedling has 3-5 skeletal roots, 10 cm long and well-developed lobe roots. One-year seedling has one shoot, two-year-old - 2–3 shoots 30 cm long.

The seedling is placed perpendicularly, in the center of the planting hole, straighten the roots, fall asleep with the upper ground, deepening the root neck by 3-5 cm. They trample down the ground, pour 5-7 liters. water under the bush and mulch.

In a planted seedling, shoots are shortened to 5–7 cm for better branching.

When refueling the planting pit with gooseberry fertilizer for three years, it grows without dressings.

Good care allows you to collect 5-7 kg of berries from the bush. This is a good indicator, the maximum yield of gooseberry is 15 kg.

The variety of middle gooseberry Commodore, like any other, does not like excess moisture. Watering it is necessary only during a long drought and at crucial moments of growth:

  • when forming the ovary at the end of May,
  • during the growth of berries in June.

Dry in the fall at the end of September they do water recharge irrigation.

If the soil around the bush is not muddy, then it should be loosened once a month. We can not allow the overgrowth of the bush weeds or the formation of a dense earthy crust. Air access to the roots must be ensured throughout the growing season. This is especially important in the first 2-3 years, when the bush grows roots and branches.

Feed the bush water extract of mullein (1: 5) or herbal infusion (1:10). Herbal infusion, spilled on the leaves, in addition to the effect of feeding, perfectly fights the most terrible disease - powdery mildew and other fungal diseases. Commander is resistant to powdery mildew, but it has spotting. On one bush leaves 5-10 liters. top dressing.

Loosen the ground around the bush no deeper than 10 cm, otherwise you can damage the roots. A Tornado hand cultivator or flat cutter is ideal for this operation.

Instead of loosening and mulching, you can cover the trunk circle with a black film, in which cuts are made for moisture to enter. In the autumn it is removed, the soil is dug up.

Gooseberry Commander, like other gooseberries, need pruning. On a bushless bush to make it easy. Shoots are cut at ground level, leaving no stumps.

Regulated the number of new basal shoots. Remove excess, leaving no more than 5 of the best and sturdy branches.

On adult bushes cut branches older than six years of age, which cease to bear fruit well. Cut weak, crooked, damaged branches and those that are inclined downwards.

Annual pruning renews the bush and allows it to bear fruit for many years. Thickened bush reduces yields, berries shrink.

Important! An adult bush should have 10–16 branches.

It is necessary to cut the bush in the spring before the buds swell or in the fall after the foliage is dropped.

Reviews of people who grow this variety, note unpretentiousness and resistance to disease. But with a big harvest berries are shallow. Taste - with a strong acid, for an amateur.

Proper care is the key to a rich harvest.

In order for the bushes to have good offspring, oxygen must be available to the roots. For this, every month the soil around the plant must be loosened. Ground dig at a depth of 12-15 centimeters. Do it carefully so as not to damage the plant.

It is also necessary to maintain a constant weed control. Weed plants are recommended to be removed twice a month so that the gooseberry has the opportunity to absorb all the beneficial substances from the soil.

In order for the fruits to be juicy and sang faster, it is recommended to pinch the upper branches. To this end, a strong support is established in the center of the shrub, to which, using clamps, the main fruitful branches are attached so that the ovaries are under the sun. They do this only after the formation of the ovaries, otherwise the flowers will not be able to pollinate.

Watering and feeding

The bush loves water very much, but it does not grow in wet soil. Watering should be generous and systematic, especially in a hot dry season.

Watering plants taken in the early morning and not in the evening, about three liters of water per bush. This will make it possible to withstand drought. After sunset, the bushes are sprayed with water to fuel the weakened by the heat of the leaves.

In the first year after planting, the gooseberry needs intensive feeding. To do this, use nitrogen and potash fertilizers. They are introduced superficially, with a calculation of 10 grams per 1 m², after which the bush is watered thickly.

But for more productive cultivation, further feeding is as follows:

  1. The first time feeding is carried out with the formation of the first small leaves. It is necessary to prepare 10 liters of distilled water, in which two tablespoons of nitrophosphate and one liter of urea are diluted. On one bush use 5 liters of feed.
  2. The second time the shrub feed during flowering. To do this, in water (10 l) dilute the mixture "Berry" (2 spoons) and a tablespoon of potassium sulfate. Volumes of feed are identical (5 liters per bush).
  3. The third feed is carried out during the growing season. In 10 liters of water diluted with one tablespoon of potassium humate and nitrophoska.

Pruning for improved yields

After the autumn planting and until the autumn of the next year, the plant gives birth to several shoots (8 - 10), of which only 4 of the strongest and most healthy should be left.

This procedure is carried out every year for 3 years, until the bush is finally formed. After 5-6 years, when the bush is an adult, dried, damaged and infertile branches must be cut off, leaving 10 centimeters above the root.

This will preserve the strength of the plant to restore useless branches and provide the best yield. Pruning is carried out only after the last harvest.

In the spring of this culture begins the period of movement of juices, characteristic of all varieties of gooseberry. If at this time to prune a branch, the plant may not bloom and will not yield.

In the first year after planting the seedlings, it is necessary to choose the strongest and strongest escape. It is cut, leaving 30 centimeters above the ground. All other shoots are pruned to the ground. They do this two weeks after planting, but before the buds swell, otherwise the plant will begin to blossom in the fall and the fruiting cycle may be lost.

Diseases and pests

This variety of gooseberry is resistant to sawflies, but still subject to diseases such as:

  1. Mosaic - when yellow stripes appear on healthy leaves, which will soon twist and dry the leaves. This disease is not treatable, so dry shrubs uproot and burn.
  2. Drying - with insufficient watering and irrigation, the bark of the stems crack, and the tree begins to dry. In this case, the dried stems are cut to the base, and these sections are treated with Bordeaux mixture.
  3. Glass and columnar rust or septiriosis - when brown spots appear on leaves and stems, similar to minor burns. The bush is sprayed with Bordeaux mixture, and Fitosporin solution is poured into the ground.

Bushes can also be affected by pests:

  1. Aphid shoot - you need to wipe the plant with a sponge, removing all the larvae and sprinkle with a solution of soap. 10 grams of rubbed soap diluted in a liter of water and spray on one bush.
  2. The peppered moth is a butterfly that eats the leaves and the color of the gooseberry, laying its eggs in them. The plant must be treated with one of the solutions: Aktelik, Kinmis, Lepidotsid, according to the attached instructions.
  3. The willow shchitovka, an insect, feeds on the juices of young stems, preventing growth. The treatment takes place with a solution of calcium and soda, 10 grams each per 10 liters of water.

Harvesting

Depending on the climate, temperature and humidity, the first harvest begins between the first days of June and the middle of it.

With competent agricultural technology from each bush can be collected from 4 to 7 kg of ripe berries. This offspring will give a plant every two weeks, if you provide it with all the necessary conditions for fruiting.

Berries are trying to tear along with the leg, which will help to preserve the freshness of the fruit as long as possible. Also, the stalk left on a branch will not give an opportunity next year to form in its place a new berry.

The collection is carried out in the morning, but after the dew dries out, or in the evening, until it has accumulated on the leaves. After collecting, it is necessary to water and irrigate each bush.

This is what gardeners say about the Komandorov gooseberry variety:

  • “I love gooseberry jam very much. Grade Komandor is ideal for heat treatment. The berries are juicy, fleshy and large. After boiling all the acid goes away, only a sour taste remains. Fresh berries are stored for up to a month, it is very convenient for freezing, in the winter I cook compotes, add them to cakes ”Veronica, 36 years old, Moscow,
  • “At the dacha I grow many shrubs, among which I have three Comstar gooseberry bushes. They are already 4 years old, the bushes are strong, beautiful, they have excellent fruit and winter without problems. I fertilize with wood ash and feed phosphates once a year. For all the time the plants have never been sick. ”Eugene, 54 years old, Saratov,
  • “In 2011 I planted 5 bushes at my dacha. All started and the next year, each of them bloomed and gave offspring. Now large shrubs, 1.6 meters in height, regularly bear fruit, over the summer they manage to harvest up to 4 times. ”Olga, 56 years old, Tula.

Gooseberry Commander is quite simple to grow, care does not cause much difficulty. Proper soil preparation and timely watering will prevent the occurrence of diseases and parasites, as well as provide a good and systematic offspring.

On the gooseberry variety Commander or African, see the following interesting video:

Advantages and disadvantages

The high popularity of the Komandor variety is due to its valuable advantages. Giving him preference, you get a lot of advantages that it would be strange not to use.

  • frost resistance
  • compact bush size
  • resistance to diseases and pests
  • high yield
  • long period of fruiting,
  • unpretentious care,
  • lack of thorns,
  • high taste qualities.

But what about the cons? There are practically none. The disadvantages include the small size of the berries (although this is more than compensated for by the taste) and poor transportability (the gooseberries are very juicy and wrinkled during long-term transportation).

Choosing the right place

"Commander" should be planted in sunny areas, protected from the wind. Places with surface groundwater, lowlands, where sediments often accumulate will not work. If there is no suitable place, then build a hill, and lay river sand, pebbles, gravel, broken bricks on the bottom of the landing pit. Be sure to determine the level of acidity. Gooseberry does not like sour soil. Smooth high rates can be done with dolomite flour or lime (100-200 g per 1 m2). Best of all, the plant develops on loams and sod-podzolic lands.

Preparatory stage

2 weeks before the autumn planting, they dig a hole 60x60 cm in diameter and 35 cm deep. If you plant in the spring, then dig a hole in the autumn. The earth is mixed with manure (10 kg), ash (500 gr.) And dolomite flour (350 gr.). In the spring add urea (30 gr.).

24 hours before planting, seedlings are disinfected in potassium permanganate, then immersed in a solution of Epin or Zircon (to accelerate the growth of the root system). Ideally, there should be at least 4-5 roots about 10 cm in length. Before planting, dry roots are cut and shoots are shortened.

How to plant?

So, after the end of the preparatory work, you can proceed to the most important thing. Place the seedling on the hill formed in advance, gently spread the roots and begin to gently cover the ground. Tamp.

Make sure the plant is strictly vertically. The root neck should be 5 cm below the edge of the hole.

Make a groove around the gooseberry, pour 5-6 liters of water and grumble with humus.

Learning to care

To get the maximum yield from a variety, you need to follow simple rules. Do not be lazy to regularly loosen the soil. Just do it carefully, because roots are located close to the surface. The first loosening is carried out after the snow melts. During the summer, the procedure is carried out at least another 5 times. In the autumn, the beds are cleared of debris, which will deprive the “cozy home” of the larvae of pests, fungi and bacteria spores.

"Commander" loves moisture, but it can not be poured - the stagnation of the liquid will cause the roots to rot. Hot summer water every day (2 liters per bush). At the end of the summer, the amount of watering decreases - watering every 1-2 days. On cloudy days, once a week is enough. Do not forget to mulch the land with peat or hay.

Water from a spray bottle or by filling in the grooves. If watered under the root, the soil will be washed off and the gooseberry will begin to dry.

The thick foliage "Commander" requires a haircut. Trimming is done in spring and autumn. Remove broken, damaged, sick, growing deep into the crown of the branch. Without regret, cut branches older than 6 years old - there will be no fruits on them anymore. Spring haircut is carried out before the appearance of the leaves, autumn - after their abscission. Do not delete a lot of branches at once. For shrubs, it's stress.

If you plant gooseberries in the fall, then during spring digging, fertilize the soil with urea at the rate of 15 grams. on 1 m2. Every spring bring compost (6 l), ammonium sulfate (30 gr.), Superphosphate (60 gr.), Potassium nitrate (25 gr.). 20 days after the end of flowering contribute organic matter. At the beginning of summer - complex fertilizers. When breeding clearly follow the instructions. One adult plant will require 20-25 liters. During the fruit set, the gooseberries are poured over with HUMATE KALIUM (50 g.).

"Commander" is resistant to low temperatures, but it is better to hedge and protect it. Поздней осенью почва тщательно перекапывается, растения накрываются мешковиной, спанбондом, агрилом или любым другим материалом, пропускающим воздух.If weather forecasters promise a harsh winter, then it is worth tying up the branches and bending them down to the ground - then, under the influence of the snow cover, they definitely will not break.

How to deal with diseases?

The variety is resistant to many diseases and pests. He is not afraid of powdery mildew, late blight, sawfly, but, unfortunately, the "Commander" may suffer from mosaic disease, rust, septoria and other diseases. How to deal with them?

In case of anthracnose, the trunk close to the appearance of the kidneys is poured with copper sulphate (1%), after finishing with Bordeaux fluid (1%). In case of white spotting (septoria), copper sulfate or “Nitrofen” will also help. Processing takes place before the leaves and after harvesting. When columnar and glass rust should be equipped with fungicides. But there is no escape from the mosaic disease - immediately uproot diseased plants. To protect yourself from it, take a careful look at the choice of planting material, disinfect garden tools after work.

For pest control, garlic, tobacco leaves, mustard, tansy, celandine, hot pepper, and wormwood are effective. Of the above, prepare the infusion and treat them plants. If the “grandmother’s methods” do not help exterminate the sprout aphids, moth, moth and spider mites, then use drugs such as Iskra, Aktara, Fufanon, Karbofos.

When to harvest?

"Commander" ripens early - in July. Harvest time depends on what you do with the gooseberry. So, if you want to eat it fresh or boil jam from it, then wait until it is fully ripe. If your goal is long-term storage, pick the berries unripe (2 weeks after full ripening).

The best time to harvest is a warm sunny day. Berries should not be wet. If it rained the day before, do not rush - let the gooseberries dry out, which will significantly increase the shelf life.

For transportation, select containers with rigid walls with a capacity of not more than 8-10 liters. Line the container with paper or cloth.

Pluck fruit from the stem. Fresh berries are stored for 5-7 days. If you want to prepare gooseberries for the future, then carefully sort it, put it on the newspaper and leave to dry in a cool place for 3-4 hours. Then put in bags and store at a temperature of +2 degrees. The maximum shelf life is 4 months. In the freezer gooseberry stored for a long time. The berries are pre-selected, washed under running water and dried. You can grind and mix with sugar.

"Commander" combines many advantages. If you like gooseberries, but refuse to grow it because of sharp thorns, then plant this variety. It is unpretentious, cold-resistant and not at all prickly.

Gardeners reviews

Commander very good grade. I like the fact that the berries do not crack and do not crumble. The taste is wonderful. Soot every year. Care - simple, no difficulties. In short, some advantages.

Well I do not know. Cons, too. I, for example, do not like that his skin is sour. Moreover, when overloaded, the already small berries become even smaller. During transportation crumple. For me, there are more disadvantages than advantages.

The taste and color, as they say ... The grade is good. There are no spikes, which makes work much easier. Ripens early. Productivity - 6-7 kg from a bush. Resistant to powdery mildew. Taste - no complaints. Compotes and jams are very tasty.

Tell me please. Soot the first year. And I have branches with thorns for some reason. Not very much, but they are. Saplings bought with it. Surely, I slipped some other sort?

There are thorns on young shoots, but they are soft and very few. There are no thorns on adult branches.

Breeding Information

The history of the gooseberry "Commander" begins in the southern Urals, in the laboratory of the Institute of Horticulture under the direction of Professor V.S. Ilyin. It is noteworthy that this, which has become a famous selection, is only a small, albeit a remarkable part of the general work of the professor and his wife in breeding new varieties of many garden berries.

The “parents” of the Commander became “African” varieties, which gave him a rich dark color, and “Chelyabinsk Green”. In addition to the absence of spines, the variety is valued for other high quality characteristics.

It is interesting! Just 150 years ago, the gooseberry had a much more impressive size. The largest berries in the writings of Darwin Darwin gained up to 50 grams (the size of a large plum)! However, in the early twentieth century, the disease brought from Ireland led to the need to cross with American species, and the gooseberry lost its former dimensions forever.

Characteristic varieties "Commander"

The term of ripening is medium early. Bush dense, slightly sprawling, with strong shoots. Blossoms beautifully, bunches in 2-3 yellow inflorescences. Berries in ripeness acquire a rich dark red-brown color with a purple hue and reach almost to the bluish-black.

The skin is thin, without pubescence. The weight of the berries reaches 5-7 g, it tastes sweet, with a slight pleasant sourness and moderate tartness.

Virtues

The undoubted advantages of the "Commander" should include:

  • long term fruiting,
  • decent yield indicators (up to 6.5-7 kg from a bush),
  • excellent taste characteristics
  • berries, even with late collection, do not crumble for a long time,
  • cracking resistance,
  • frost resistance, tolerates hard winters,
  • resistance to powdery mildew and many other infections,
  • universality of use.

Site selection and soil requirements

The best for growing Vladil gooseberries will be sandy, sod-podzolic soil and loam.

The following factors should be taken into account when choosing a place:

  • The soil should be well soddened, loose and fertile.
  • It is desirable that the site in this place had an easy slope in order to avoid stagnant snowmelt and rainwater. The variety does not tolerate prolonged waterlogging and can become sick with powdery mildew.
  • The place should be open to the sun, but protected from cold winds and drafts. Well, if the north or north-east side, it will be fenced with a natural or man-made barrier.

If there is no suitable place, it is easy to arrange it by making a small embankment on a well-lit area on the leeward side to allow for the free flow of excess water.

Planting time seedlings

It can be both spring and autumn. Each term has its poles and minuses. In particular, gooseberries, planted in September or October, will be healthier and more adapted to temperature changes due to seasonal hardening at an early age. Shrubs planted in April and early May will have an advantage in the form of a more developed root system, since the adaptation period will occur in comfortable weather conditions.

Site preparation

If there is a need to raise the level in order to avoid water stagnation, it is better to make a small embankment in advance for shrinkage. The soil is dug up and a depression is made in it according to the size of the earth coma (or the length of the roots) with a double margin.

In the prepared hole you need to make a prepared fertilizer. Recommended composition: 300 g of wood ash (can be replaced with 40 g of potassium sulfate) and powdered limestone. All this is mixed with straw manure and placed in a hole, well mixed with earth and sprinkled with clean soil on top. Hole for landing ready.

Seedling preparation

A seedling should have at least 3, and preferably 5 roots of about 10 cm in length, and 4-5 buds on the aboveground part of each. All dry roots and shoots need to be cut.

For 1-1.5 days before planting, you need to prepare a weak manganese solution and put the roots there. Before diving into the well, it is advisable to sprinkle them with a “root” or other composition that stimulates the development of the root system.

Cut off dry roots and shoots do not throw away, but dig in on the sidelines - it is quite possible, they will also sprout.

Landing rules

It is necessary to monitor the level of the radical neck, when planting it should be 5-6 cm below the ground level. Sprinkle the surface shoots with earth. The soil around the bush is properly compacted (do not damage the roots!) And a watering groove is made around the circumference at a distance of 30-40 cm from the plant. Then produced abundant watering at the rate of 5-6 liters per sapling.

Pristvolny circle is desirable to mulch. Best for this purpose fit humus and peat mixture.

Gooseberry seedlings "Commander" can not be planted obliquely at an angle - they are put in the hole only straight!

Watering and loosening

It requires quite frequent moistening and, as a mandatory component of care, loosening the soil. In dry years and periods, irrigation intensity should be increased, and 2 weeks before the intended harvest it should be carried out (in the absence of rain) every other day. During loosening, weeds are removed. Remember that it must be very careful and superficial in order to avoid damage to the roots.

In the first year after the landing, the “Commander” will need only nitrogen fertilizers, which can be applied in bulk under a bush at the rate of 20g per 1m2. Later, already with active fruiting, annual springtime additions of potassium sulfate (50g), superphosphate (100g) and ammonium (50g) are desirable. All this is mixed with a bucket of well-rotten compost.

After the bush has faded and fruits begin to form, it is recommended to feed the gooseberries with an aqueous solution of mullein in a 1: 5 ratio. One plant will need a bucket of solution.

Crown formation

For the full development of culture it is necessary to produce an annual pruning. Thanks to this bush is updated, gaining momentum. After the first and second year of growth, it will be enough to leave only the strongest new shoots on it in a number of not more than five, given their even distribution.

In the future, you can leave 3 young layers. Five years later, they begin to remove not only the extra young, but also the old or sick branches, adjusting the density of the crown with new shoots.

An adult copy of this variety should optimally have 10-16 branches.

Terms of pruning taking into account the lunar calendar

The best time to form a crown is late autumn and early spring. In the autumn with pruning is not worth it, you can start immediately, as soon as the sap flow ends (the leaves will fall). In the spring, it is also desirable to finish the event before the vegetative process is activated and the buds begin to blossom.

Very desirable in this matter is compliance with the recommendations of the Lunar Calendar. Every gardener should be able to navigate in it independently. On a waning moon, vegetable juices rush down to the roots, and on a growing moon - on the contrary. Therefore, the best time for pruning comes closer to New Moon or immediately after it. But in no case on the New Moon itself! At this time, it is desirable to stop all agricultural work altogether.

In no case do not break off branches! They should be cut off only with a sharp pruner or knife. Cut-off areas are treated with garden pitch, oil paint with linseed oil or other disinfectant composition. Broken edges - favorite places for the introduction of pests and infections!

Preparing for the winter

The variety has excellent frost resistance, its temperature threshold reaches -30C! Therefore, it makes sense to build a shelter for the winter only in regions where the weather force majeure often occurs, or the expected thermometer indicators exceed this indicator. Spruce spruce branches or any available materials are used for shelter.

If there are snowless frosts, the near-stem circle is covered with at least 10 cm layer of mulch using humus. A great solution - plastic bags with mulch with holes pointing down.

Ripening and harvesting

This gooseberry variety begins to fructify by the end of June, and at the beginning of the next month it is already possible to start mass gathering of berries. In the first years, you can remove 3 or even 5 kg of berries from each instance, and then fruiting can reach a 7-kilogram milestone. If there is a goal to preserve the crop as long as possible (for example, for transportation), it should be removed slightly underripe, 1.5-2 weeks before reaching technical ripeness.

Cut the berries should be dry and whole, together with the stem, damaged fruit will not lie. Whole can be stored in a cool place for up to 10 days.

For transportation, use a small container, no more than 8 liters, pre-lining its bottom with clean paper.

Reviews gardeners

The plant is undemanding, standard care. I planted for the sake of my grandchildren to eat right in the country, without fear of thorns. The variety copes with this task perfectly well! I advise you not to overload the crop, because in this case, the berry begins to shrink.

Yuri Viktorovich, Nizhny Novgorod region

I will not say that I am delighted with the taste of “Commander”, but how he stands against powdery mildew deserves to have him on the site. And, of course, the lack of thorns and smoothness of the berries. It is easy and pleasant to collect and eat.

Early harvest, low concentration, yield - generally pleased with this variety, but the skin of the berries has a pronounced acid, jam requires more sugar. I will not delete it yet, if I only begin to grow shallower or slow down the yields of yield, but I will not begin to put on more, I want to try something else interesting.

Svetlana K., Moscow region

I like the "Commander"! Unpretentious, easily collected due to the lack of thorns, gives high yields. I also like the fact that there are few seeds in the berries and they are small, there is a nicer and a good compote. Children without fear come up and eat from the bush, and this is many times more valuable than any jam and compotes.

Sergey Sh., Voronezh region