Raspberries "Cascade Delight" refers to mid-ripening American high-yielding varieties. Obtained at the WSU State University of Washington as a result of the crossbreeding of Chilliwack and WSU-994, which was conducted by Dr. Pat Moore more than twenty years ago. This is one of the best varieties of American selection of summer raspberries to date.
"Cascade delight" - deciduous berry shrub with shoot height from 1 to 3 m. Leaves are triple or pinnate, complex. The plant is powerful, forms compact bushes with a vertical arrangement of shoots. Rareness of the plant is average. It is characterized by high productivity. In industrial conditions, the yield reaches 5 kg per bush. When growing on a personal plot and observing agricultural technology, yield indicators are about 7.5-8.5 kg per adult plant.
The berries ripen very large in size and weight. The shape is conical, attractive. The average weight of marketable berries is 6-7 g. The berries are dense, so it is possible to transport the crop over fairly large distances. The pulp is sweet, aromatic. The surface of fully ripened berries has a beautiful dark red color. At the stage of complete ripeness, the separation is dry. The palatability of fresh berry pulp and products after processing is excellent. The berry does not flow during storage, retains its shape and taste.
Advantages and disadvantages
Raspberry "Cascade delight" is characterized as a sweet, very unpretentious, high-yielding and winter-hardy variety with a lot of advantages:
- non-susceptibility to damage by root rot in conditions of waterlogging of the soil;
- a very compact fruiting period, which allows you to get the maximum yield from plants for a short time;
- marketable appearance and excellent transportability, which make the variety suitable for the sale of early berry products;
- a small number of spikes on the shoots, which facilitates the maintenance and significantly accelerates the harvest process;
- suitability of the variety for mechanized harvesting of ripe berries;
- the berries do not darken after harvesting, and there is a great opportunity for the universal use of the harvested crop;
- excellent taste and lack of tendency to shed from the bushes.
Raspberry "Cascade delight": variety description
The variety is perfect for growing on an industrial scale, as well as for cultivation by small farmers or amateur gardeners in personal plots and garden plots. Productivity of the variety does not depend on weather factors and maximum even in very rainy years. However, when cultivated in the first year after planting, you need to be prepared for a rather slow and weak development of the plant.
Raspberries of the Cascade Delight variety prefer fertile, well-drained soils for the full development and abundant fruiting. Underdevelopment of plants and a decrease in productivity on acidic soils, heavy clays or loams are noted. Raspberry in the sand grows rather poorly. Strongly acidic soils must be well-known in advance. To reduce acidity, it is advisable to use dolomite flour in a dose of 0.4-0.6 kg per square meter.
The berry plantation should be located in sunny, well-sheltered areas. Recommended layout of plants on the site: between raspberry seedlings 40 cm, and between rows at least 2.5 m.
For spring planting, the plot is best prepared in the fall. Before planting, the area under raspberries must be thoroughly cleaned of weeds and a deep digging of the soil is necessary. Fertilizers must be applied to the lean ground before planting, based on each bush 1 bucket of humus or rotted compost.
The soil is not compacted, but only slightly squeezed around the plants. After planting raspberry seedlings, the soil surface around the plants is recommended to be mulched with loose organic materials, which can be used as dried peat or dry foliage.
Reviews and recommendations of summer residents
Raspberries "Cascade delight", according to summer residents and gardeners, compares favorably with a very powerful and well-developed root system, has a high level of resistance to damage by root rot, and is therefore ideal for cultivation in adverse soil and climatic conditions.
How to plant raspberries
The variety has proven itself when grown in areas represented by moist soils. Fruits in mid-July to September. "Cascade Delight Raspberry" slightly resembles the well-known "Tulameen" variety, also obtained by American breeders, but compares favorably with higher productivity and is rated by gardeners as a new, improved version of the popular American variety.