Grape variety "Angelica" ("Ksenia")

"Angelica", or "Ksenia" - a young and rapidly growing hybrid of pink grapes, which is characterized by early fruiting, the sweetness of large beautiful berries, a plentiful harvest and unpretentiousness in the content.

The origin of the grape "Angelica"

The variety was bred by V. N. Krainov in the city of Novocherkassk when crossing the "Talisman" and "Luchisty Kishmish". Excellent characteristics have served its wide distribution throughout Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

Description of grape variety "Xenia"

The hybrid is vigorous and requires a lot of free space. It is grafted easily and bears fruit along the entire length of the vine. The flowers are bisexual and do not require additional pollination. Fruiting begins in the second year after planting.

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Bunches and berries

The variety produces large clusters, loose in shape, weighing from 800 g to 1.5 kg. The berries are very large, oval, somewhat elongated, reach 4 cm and have an insignificant (1-2 pcs.) Number of seeds. Color changes from pinkish white to yellow pink when ripe. The taste of the fruit is rich, harmonious and very sweet, the skin is thin and almost invisible when eating. Possessing high sugar content, berries nevertheless almost do not attract wasps and are not subjected to their attacks.

Did you know? Some grape varieties are able to grow and bear fruit for more than a hundred years. To achieve the maximum size and prevent the peeling of the berries of the brush, it is necessary to thin out and remove the extra ovary.

Ripening time

The ripening of "Angelica" from flowering to full maturity occurs in 4-4.5 months, which allows you to collect clusters by mid-August. Under good weather conditions, the yield reaches 6 kg of fruits from the bush. Ripe berries are preserved both on the vine and harvested for a long time without loss of taste and tolerate transportation well.

Resistance to frost and disease

When grown in the southern regions, this frost-resistant variety does not need insulation for the winter. In the northern regions, grapes can tolerate a drop in temperature to -25 ° C, but it is better not to expose it to such stresses and wrap it in heat-insulating materials or bury it in the winter.

Angelica has good resistance to fungal diseases (mildew and oidium) and various types of rot, therefore, regular spraying with fungicides is not necessary, it is enough three times a year for preventive purposes. Hybrid is also slightly susceptible to pest attacks, which are important to identify and carry out the necessary treatment on time.

Advantages and disadvantages of the variety

  • Ksenia has the following advantages:
  • high productivity;
  • frost resistance;
  • safety during transportation;
  • a small number of seeds in the berry and a thin skin;
  • disease resistance;
  • rich taste and attractive presentation;
  • does not need additional pollination.

The disadvantages include the need for regular pruning and too much friability of bunches.

Features of growing varieties "Xenia"

Grapes are great for summer cottages and household plots. A powerful vine can withstand a load of 24 shoots with 30–35 eyes per bush, growing quickly and abundantly. It can be placed near the south wall of the house or in the form of decoration of a gazebo, and even a beginner can achieve success in growing this unpretentious hybrid.

How to plant grapes

By chopping "Angelica" multiplies well, but plants grafted onto the rootstock are more powerful and bear fruit richer.

Wells for planting begin to prepare in the fall. Pits are dug at a distance of 2 m from each other. Depth is required not less than 80 cm.

Important! The groundwater level in the selected location should not be higher than 2 meters. Otherwise, you need to create a mound or separate mounds for each bush. A layer of crushed stone is laid at the bottom for drainage and covered with soil, to which humus, sand and mineral fertilizers are added. Nearby it is necessary to dig up supports for the vines. Landing is preferably carried out in the spring at the end of frost. Seedlings are pre-soaked in water or a humate solution for several days until the roots appear. Having established the plants in the center of the hole, sprinkle with earth, slightly tamping. After abundant watering, the soil is mulched.

How to care

The first 2-3 years after planting, the young bushes do not need to be fed. Adult plants fertilize in early spring and before flowering. Watered as necessary, increasing water flow in the summer in the heat. After each watering, the soil must be loosened and mulched to ensure air access to the roots and weeds are weeded.

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To form a future bush, the year-old vine should be pruned correctly. In autumn, when all the leaves fall off, green unripe shoots are removed by secateurs. After the first frosts, the main pruning of the shrunken and thin branches is carried out, and then the developed vines are shortened, leaving 8-10 eyes on each and up to 35 eyes on the bush. Proper timely pruning not only increases the yield of grapes, but also increases its resistance to diseases, and helps the vine to winter more easily.

Did you know? According to the teachings of Feng Shui, the presence of a juicy bunch of grapes in the house contributes to wealth and attract good luck to all family members. Spring pruning is carried out only as a last resort, if this was not done in the fall or is necessary for sanitary purposes.

Also, due to the variety’s tendency to overload, it is recommended to remove excess fruit buds, which favorably affects the size, number of berries and their presentation.

Diseases and Pests

Grapes have good resistance to major fungal diseases. It will be sufficient chemical treatment before and after flowering, as well as before wintering. For pests such as spider mites, leafworms or powdery worms, appropriate insecticides are used. May beetle larvae have to be collected manually, digging the soil several times.

Preparing for the winter

Shelter for the vineyard must be created in advance, before severe frosts. The vine is removed from the supports and laid on wooden slats in prepared pits at least 40 cm deep. Top covered with spruce branches, agrofibre or covered with earth, isolating it from the branches with a film.

Important! Do not cover the vine with sawdust, as rodents quickly start in them and damage the stems. Hybrid "Ksenia" shows excellent stable results when grown and will certainly deliver incomparable pleasure with a rich harvest of "sunny" berries.

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