Octavia

  • Season: Very late season
  • Main characteristic/s: Floricane. Good shelf life.
  • Breeder: NIAB EMR, UK
Characteristics of Octavia
  • Very late season
  • Extends season beyond Glen Ample & Tulameen
  • Excellent shelf life, good berry firmness
  • Good yield potential
  • Resistant to biotypes 1-4 of Amphorophora idaei

NEWS: Late season Octavia raspberries available when other varieties aren’t

Cropping Season
Octavia is a very late ripening summer fruiting type cropping approximately 10 days after Glen Ample and Tulameen.

Fruit Quality
The fruit is large, of uniform size, blunt and conical to round in shape. It is easily plugged and meaty with fairly good colour and good flavour. Drupelets are very cohesive and the flesh has good firmness. The shelf life of Octavia is good, generally better than Glen Ample and consistently much better than Tulameen.

Fruit Yield
Octavia was picked from a single 10-plant un-replicated plot in the Breeder’s stage 0 trials in 1999 and 2000. In 1999, which was an early dry season Octavia produced similar yields to Tulameen. In 2000 new plots of Glen Ample and Tulameen produced more fruit than an older plot of Octavia.

Plant Characteristics
Octavia has a reasonably good habit, it crops to the base of the canes, has upright, rather leafy laterals and the fruit is slightly clumped at the end of the lateral.

Disease Resistance
Octavia is resistant to biotypes 1-4 of Amphorophora idaei. It is moderately resistant to cane Botrytis and cane spot but moderately susceptible to spur blight. It is susceptible to Raspberry Bushy Dwarf Virus at East Malling but has not shown leaf yellows. In a glasshouse test at East Malling, 2003, Octavia was susceptible to raspberry root rot (Phytophthora fragaria var. rubi).

Plant Supply
Octavia is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No: EU 14919). The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Octavia without a licence is prohibited. Only Propagation Licence holders can propagate and receive propagation grade material (and not Sales or Growing-on Transformation Licence holders). Octavia is available from the following licensed propagators:

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Trial Results
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