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Caring for Tayberries - How to water, fertilize and cut the fruit properly


Did you plant a Tayberry in your garden? Then the combination of raspberry and blackberry needs to be optimally cared for so that you can harvest plenty of fruit.

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At first glance, the Tayberry appears to be an exotic fruit from unknown regions. However, Derek Jennings and David Mason were far from Thailand when they devoted themselves to growing the Tayberry at the Scottish Crops Research Institute. As a result, we are not dealing with any Asian fruit, the plant is thoroughly European and takes its name from the longest Scottish river.

Nevertheless, the successful combination of raspberry and blackberry is largely unknown in our latitudes. Completely wrong, as we think, because the juicy, sour fruits almost double the size of the classic berry fruits. In addition, the Tayberry is robust and easy to care for. So what speaks against taking a closer look at the Tayberrys and finding out what needs to be considered when caring for the successful fruit combination.

Pour the Tayberry correctly

You will need some tact for watering the Tayberry. The plants tolerate neither prolonged drought nor waterlogging. Check the plant regularly. If the floor begins to dry, you should reach for the watering can. The Tayberry has the highest moisture requirement during the growing season. As a flat root, the Tayberry is particularly susceptible to waterlogging. The water requirement is lowest in early spring and late autumn and it should only be watered sporadically.

" Tip: Apply a layer of mulch regularly. This keeps the moisture in the soil for longer.

In a nutshell:

  • even soil moisture necessary
  • Dry soil and waterlogging are not tolerated
  • Water young plants daily
  • high moisture requirement during fruit formation
  • Water less in spring and autumn

Fertilize the Tayberry properly

The Tayberry can receive fertilizers in spring and after the harvest. While fertilization in spring is beneficial for extensive flower formation, a second fertilization in autumn makes sense to allow the plant to gather strength for the upcoming flowering. Organic materials in the form of compost, manure, horn shavings, peat or nettle stock are available as fertilizers.

If compost is already mixed into the substrate during planting, the young plants are supplied with slow-release fertilizers for the first season. It is also advisable to mulch regularly. This protects the soil from drying out and a mulch layer of leaves, peat or bark mulch also provides valuable nutrients.

In a nutshell:

  • Fertilizers in spring and autumn
  • use organic fertilizer
  • mulch regularly
  • Overview of care tips

Cut the Tayberry

Cutting measures on the Tayberry should preferably be carried out in spring. Less strong shoots are cut back radically. Only five to seven shoots should be left.

The side shoots are cut in midsummer. Only two eyes are preserved. The fruits will develop from this in the following season. In order to ensure controlled growth, the shoots must be attached to a trellis. Shoots that are too long must also be shortened. The height of the plant should not exceed two meters. If the shoots shoot up unnecessarily, this affects the growth habit and fruit formation.

When the harvest is complete, all shoots on which fruit can be found can be shortened close to the ground.

" Attention: The shoots of the Tayberry have spines.

Detect diseases in the Tayberry

The Tayberry is a very robust guest in the orchard. Diseases and pests are extremely rare. The Tayberries are also largely spared from worms, which generally prefer berries.

However, due to the close relationship, it is not entirely impossible that Tayberries are affected by typical raspberry diseases.

»Bortrytis fruit rot

The mushroom can be recognized by a grayish coating on the fruit. The berries start to rot and become hard. Plants mainly become infected during flowering. The spores are spread by rain and wind. A timely harvest and regular pruning of the plants can have a preventive effect.

The damage pattern is particularly evident in young plants. The rods turn brown to violet. The eggs are laid in the cracks in the rods. If watering is sufficient, an infestation can be prevented. Infested plants should be cut back generously.

Wintering Tayberries

Tayberries are hardy and do not necessarily need protection during the cold season. Young plants are even less robust and tolerate winter protection in the form of garden fleece, leaves or brushwood. Container plants are also less robust and should overwinter in a protected location. The soil can be protected from frost with a layer of leaves or brushwood.

Overview of important facts:

care measureexplanation
to water❍ Since the plants cannot tolerate dryness or waterlogging, watering must be done carefully.
❍ The floor should be kept evenly moist.
❍ This works better if a mulch layer is applied regularly.
❍ The water requirement increases during the growth phase.
❍ Immediately after planting, the young Tayberries need to be watered daily.
Fertilize❍ Organic fertilizer is ideal for the Tayberries.
❍ Compost or peat should be mixed into the soil.
❍ Fertilization should take place in spring and late summer.
❍ A regularly used mulch layer can serve as a fertilizer substitute.
To cut❍ The plants should be cut back in spring.
❍ Only the strongest shoots are retained.
❍ After harvesting, all rods bearing fruit can be shortened close to the ground.
❍ If the rods grow high in height, they are also brought to a maximum length of two meters, so that a bushy habit is created.