Nova Red Raspberry
Nova Red Raspberry

Nova Red Raspberry

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Species: Rubus sp.

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, but 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    

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Early July

Storage: Keeps less than a week when stored in the fridge

Recommended Use: Fresh eating and freezing

Height Above Soil Line: 30cm+

The second product photo shows Nova (right) compared to Heritage (left)

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