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Raspberry, Nova

Raspberry, Nova

Rubus idaeus

Family: Rubus

9-15 inch at sale, bare root

Sourced from NY


Medium to large red fruit. Late June bearing. 


Self fertile - can reproduce with one plant, but planting two or more is preferred. Will also pollinate others. 

  • General Information

    Recommended Spacing (ft) 2.5 - 3
    Mature Width (ft) 3 - 4
    Mature Height (ft) 4 - 5
    Pollination Needs Self-fertile, yield increases with multiple
    Bloom Time Late June

    June to July

    Soil pH 6.5 - 6.8
    Soil Type Loam
    Soil Moisture Well-drained
    Sun Preference Full Sun
    Taste Sweet
    Texture Firm


  • Description

    Released from the Nova Scotia, Canada, Breeding Program in 1981. This very winter-hardy raspberry variety adapts to all climates and can be used as a summer bearer in the North or a fall bearer in the South. Nova is tolerant of heat and is an excellent choice for the upper midwest and northern regions, where high yields and dependability are required. Berries are firm, bright-red, medium to large in size, ripen gradually over a long harvest season, and have a good shelf life. Canes are vigorous, growing upright with light spines.

    Raspberries will grow new canes out of the ground. First-year canes are green and called primocanes. After a year, they turn woody and brown and are known as floricanes. Nova raspberries produce fruit on floricanes. 


    Recommend a soil pH level of 6.5-6.8 for raspberry plants. This summer bearing raspberry plant bears fruit 1 year after planting. Easy to grow. 


    The Nova Red Raspberry plant is a consistent producer, known for its large crops of high-quality berries. Upright growth and small spines make pruning easy. It is a vigorous grower with improved winter hardiness.

    Nova adapts well to a variety of climates. This red raspberry can tolerate the heat of the Midwest and the harsh winters of Canada. It’s a summer bearer in the North and more of a fall bearer in the South. Nova is resistant to most common cane diseases.

    Plant the Nova Raspberry plant for a reliable harvest of homegrown fruit in as little as 1-year!

    Note: Do not plant Red, Gold or Purple raspberries within 75-100 feet of Black raspberries. Black raspberries may be more susceptible to viral diseases carried by aphids to and from nearby raspberry plants.

    After planting, be sure to prune the bare-root canes back to about 2 inches above the ground. (This does not apply to potted raspberry plants.) Do not skip this step! It is a crucial factor in encouraging the roots to send up new growth during the growing season. It is in the nature of raspberry plants to send up new growth as suckers or basal shoots from below the ground. This means the canes that you plant may not be where you find signs of life or new growth. When it’s time to grow, you will see new sprouts emerge from the ground around where you planted the cane, and this growth is coming from the raspberry plant’s root system.

  • Resources

    Read the orginal publishing release on the Latham red easpberry by WG Brierly in a 1947 article in the American Fruit Grower, Sourced from the Univeristy of Minnesota Twin Citites Digital Conservancy

    Questions on Hardiness in Raspberries, MN Fruit Grower Vol. 12


    General Guide to Caneberry Production: Site Selection, Trellising, Spacing, Fertility, Pruning, and more, NC State Extension


    Caring for Raspberries, Univeristy of Vermont Extension


    Spring pruning of Raspberries, Iowa State University Extension

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