Gooseberries are one of the classics of the berry garden. Actually, they would have tremendous potential as fruits: they still represent the bush berry fruits that have the largest fruits – more bite, more juice, more flavour is not possible. But the historical and far too mildew-prone varieties, the mildew itself, the thorns as well as the antiquated image still hinder this fruit species. Here in the Gardener’s Radio podcast we would like to highlight the most important aspects of...Read more
In loose succession, we also want to talk about our production in this Gardener's Radio podcast. How exactly are finished plants produced from Lubera Edibles young plants? What are the sizes? What are the problems and what do you have to watch out for? So that we don't get lost in the shuffle, we'll be joined by Robert Maierhofer, the plant and production manager at Lubera, which has two production nurseries in Switzerland and Germany. Nevertheless, we cannot, of course, provide the...Read more
Lubera Edibles Podcast #07: The new raspberry families: salmon raspberries, Chef® raspberries and Schlaraffia® raspberries
Raspberries are booming. This is true for the fruit market, where consumption is currently doubling every 4-6 years. It's also true for the home garden market. But do we really need the 30 varieties that Lubera Edibles has in its range? And is there a need for new raspberry varieties at all? Is there any progress to be made? With these questions in mind, Frederik Vollert and Markus Kobelt highlight the importance and place of the new raspberry families: salmon raspberries, Chef® raspberries and...Read more
The horticultural or breeding vision of combining blackcurrants with gooseberries has existed since the end of the 19th century. The aim of these first crossing attempts was to combine the fruitiness and fruit size of gooseberries with the aroma of blackcurrants. In addition, this new fruit variety was also to have tolerance to American gooseberry powdery mildew. However, these first attempts were not successful...
The Lubera® breeders were by no means the first to work on jostaberries. In...Read more
If you take a closer look at the fruit counters of the supermarkets nowadays, you will find blueberries and strawberries all year round, even red currants are now offered throughout most of the year. However, blackcurrants are hardly ever found, if at all, and there is no trace of jostaberries. The latest generations of these black fruits have the opportunity to end their current Cinderella existence and become more than just a niche within a niche...
Cassissima® – the better tasting...Read more
Basically, it almost sounds like a pious Christmas wish from a plant lover: to have a perennial and hardy plant that can be cultivated sustainably both in the garden and in pots, and whose leaves contain an ingredient that gives the leaves an incredible sweetening power. We can fulfil this wish with the Sweetleaf® raspberry – a perennial and hardy, Stevia-like plant that is ideal for a temperate, winter cold climate.
What is the Sweetleaf® raspberry?
But what is the Sweetleaf® raspberry? It is the...Read more
Lubera Edibles Podcast #06: The Sweetleaf® raspberry – the healthy green, calorie-free sugar from your own garden
It sounds like a plant breeder's Christmas wish list: a perennial plant that is easy to grow in our garden and in pots; it is sustainable and simple with leaves that contain a natural sweetener called rubusoside and other healthy ingredients that are 200 times sweeter than sugar. The dream comes true with the Sweetleaf® raspberry, which will be available starting this spring! This will give the hobby gardener a valuable and, above all, much easier to grow alternative to stevia or...Read more
Blueberries everywhere, strawberries all year round and the health values of raspberries and blackberries are the talk of the town. To give just one example: there are significantly more blueberries sold in the home garden market today than currants (all colours and shapes) and gooseberries combined. What happens to the specialties? Do they still belong in the assortment? Can one continue to breed them? Markus Kobelt and Frederik Vollert discuss these questions in this podcast: why black is the...Read more
After all, Lubera originated as a fruit and berry specialist, and Lubera Edibles and its predecessor and partner company Mayer produces and mainly sells berry young plants. Why are we now suddenly offering vegetables? And now Lubera is also starting to breed in the vegetable sector – do we even have a chance against the giants on the market? Markus Kobelt, interviewed by Frederik Vollert, talks about the why and wherefore of vegetable breeding at Lubera and also reveals many things about...Read more
If we offer and promote EverVeg® as a new holistic vegetable assortment, then the question arises as to why we need it, for what purpose and for whom exactly we produce or sell it. In short: is there a market for this product range? Or can we create the market? And do we want to create the market at all? After all, one could argue that it doesn't make much business sense to cannibalise a market (where you can sell plants every year) with a group of plants that are only sold every five years.