History: Nova red raspberries were developed at the AAFC Research and Development Centre in Kentville, Nova Scotia as part of a breeding program. They were bred as a cross between Southland and Boyne raspberries and released in 1981.
Why We Grow It:These nearly thornless canes bear a plentiful yield of bright red, large-sized berries. The finer textured fruit is less crumbly and has a bold flavour. Nova red raspberries are very hardy and are summer-bearing in colder climates and ever-bearing in warmer ones!
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3
Soil Preference: Loam and sandy loam, prefers soils that are moist but well-drained
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance:Vigorous and hardy with an erect growth pattern, produces abundant and reliable crops. Susceptible to cane Botrytis but resistant to late yellow rust.
Class: Floricane, bears fruit in the summer and only on second year growth
Thorns: Yes, nearly thornless
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination:Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a different raspberry variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present
Storage:Keeps less than a week when stored in the fridge
Recommended Use: Fresh eating and freezing
Size including roots: 30cm 1 year plant
The second product photo shows Nova (right) compared to Heritage (left)