Black currant Hercules


Currant Hercules is included in the group of the most popular varieties. Received in the department of the Research Institute of Horticulture of Siberia named after M. A. Lisavenko. Hercules is characterized by high yield and unpretentiousness. More details about the features of the variety can be found below in the article.

Description currant varieties Hercules

Black currant Hercules photo

Hercules is a late variety of blackcurrant. Bushes are high, erect, medium density. The shoots are thick or medium thick. Those that are young are green, and those that are already older are lignified, light brown in color, shine a little. Buds are medium sized, ovate, green-pinkish. Sheets are located on thick, short petioles, three-lobed, large, rich green color. The surface is smooth, dense, glossy. The teeth on the edge are small, rounded.

The flowers are small, cream-colored with a pink edge. Petals unclosed, rejected. Brushes are long, dense, hold 8-12 berries. The stem is short, medium thickness with slight pubescence.

Interesting!Interesting! For currants to be sweet and healthy, they need a lot of sun for development, but not heat. But the least nutrient components will be in the berries, ripened during the rainy, overcast summer.

The berries of the currant Hercules are black, large, weigh 1.6-3.6 g on average, with shine and a barely noticeable patina. The shape is almost round, all the berries are similar in size and shape - commercial quality. The rind is thick, but thin. The pulp with a large number of seeds is light brown in color.

Characteristics variety Hercules

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Blackcurrant Hercules photo

The variety of black currant Hercules gained its popularity due to its quality characteristics.

  • Although the variety is late, but the yield of the harvest is friendly, so gardeners rarely complain about the ripening of berries.

  • Currant Hercules samoplodnaya.

  • Possible mechanical collection of berries.

  • Due to the dry separation of the berries and a rather dense skin, the currant Hercules can be transported over long distances without significant damage.

  • Taste is sweet, sweet and sour. In the composition of 18.4% of dry substances, 8.7% of sugars, 2.2% of titratable acids. Vitamin C in 100 g is about 177 mg.

  • This is a winter hardy variety. It is easy to grow it in the southern and middle regions, but in the northern areas, warming is desirable.

  • Currant Hercules is resistant to anthracnose and septoria.

  • Productivity is high, stable. Approximately 11.1 tons of crop is harvested per hectare.

Among the deficiencies noted exposure to the kidney mite. This pest needs regular treatments!

Planting currants

Seedlings (cuttings) planted to a depth of 10 cm

It is necessary to plant currants Hercules on a well-lit place where there will be no lack of light. On the one hand, it is desirable that there is a natural protection from the wind. Stagnant water at the landing site is unacceptable, but if there is no other option, drainage is arranged during the landing. As for the type of soil, there are no particular preferences.

Important!Important! In order not to feed the bushes in the first two years, fertilized land is used for planting. In a simple soil (2 buckets) pour humus (bucket), ash (100 g), superphosphate (75 g) and potassium sulphate (35 g).

Seedlings (cuttings) are planted to a depth of 10 cm, and then cut at 2/3. If a shrub is planted, a hole about 50 cm deep is dug under it. Drainage is poured at the bottom, then a shrub is laid and covered with earth from all sides. Between seedlings must be at least a meter of free space.

Currant Care Hercules

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Proper care of black currants

Black currant Hercules is unpretentious, but for a big harvest you need to ensure her proper care.

  • Loosening the land and removing weeds - regular procedures that can not be neglected. Conducted as needed.

  • Watering needs abundant, but not frequent. For the season, more than enough 3 irrigations. The first - at the end of May - the beginning of June, when the green mass grows, the second - at the end of June - when the fruits ripen and the third - after fruiting, to restore the strength of the bush. The rest is enough and natural rainfall.

  • So that the water does not evaporate quickly, bushes can be mulched with peat or compost. Suitable as an alternative and mowed grass.

  • Top dressings are brought from 3 years after landing. Under the bush is taken 1 tbsp. spoon of superphosphate and the same amount of potassium sulfate per 10 liters of water. This dressing is carried out 2 times per season - during the period of emergence of the ovaries and after harvesting.

Interesting!Interesting! Currants love starch. If you dry up more potato peelings during the winter, and bury them in the ground near the bush in spring and summer, this will be a very nutritious feeding!

  • Every year or even twice a year gardeners recommend pruning. Thinning pruning increases the yield and resistance of the bush to infections. Pagons are cut right at the ground to avoid hemp. If a sprig spreads along the ground, it is also worth removing it so that it does not interfere. Leave only strong, erect shoots that can give a big harvest. If pruning is rejuvenating, you need to remove from the bush 2-3 of the oldest branches, and leave the rest. On the bush, on average, there should be about 15 twigs. If there are more, you can thin out the bush by removing the younger pagons.

  • In the event of a disease or pests, the bushes are treated with specialized means.

Crop harvested after ripening. This currant is universal and is used in any form.

Reviews of currants Hercules

Popular grade of blackcurrant Hercules

About the variety Hercules know many gardeners. For someone he is loved, for someone just one of many grown on the site. Below are reviews of gardeners who grow this variety on their plots for years.

  • Marina Bondarenko: "I know this currant is not the first year - fertile, unpretentious, resistant to diseases. In my memory, pests appeared on the bushes a couple of times, but there were no illnesses, so I recommend to everyone!"

  • Maxim Shevchenko: "For my grandchildren, Hercules is the most favorite variety. The rest of the bushes that grow in the garden are not too fancy for them, but not this one. The berries are tasty, sweet, often make canning out of it for the winter or stewed fruit. Useful even after frosting ".

  • Roman Tatur: "The variety of black currant Hercules is pleasant in terms of care. For a couple of years he didn’t deal with them at all, but the crops were great. In the third year I fed the bushes and made pruning, as they grew a lot. In general, they are more than satisfied! For young gardeners this is the best choice ".