- Season: Mid-season
- Main characteristic/s: Suitable for fresh market and machine harvesting
- Breeder: Pacific Agriculture Research Centre, Canada
Characteristics of Saanich
- Mid-season similar to Tulameen
- Sweet flavour
- Very high fruit yield
- Moderately tolerant of RBDV and Phytophthora root rot
- Suitable for processing and fresh market
Saanich is a mid-season variety, cropping at a similar time to Tulameen.
Saanich produces very high fruit yields, significantly higher yields than all other PNW cultivars.
Saanich is vigorous, producing canes that have an upright habit and cane diameter similar to other commercial cultivars. Spines are light grey in colour on the lower 40 cm of the cane, but very sparse up the cane. Saanich plants break bud earlier than all other Pacific Northwest (PNW) grown cultivars. Bud break is very good and even, and flowering begins at the same time as it does for Cowichan and Chemainus, and later than Tulameen. Saanich has excellent winter tolerance in the PNW, being similar to Qualicum, known for its winter hardiness.
Saanich was selected for resistance to the gene Ag1 to the common biotype of Amphorophora agathonica, the American aphid vector of the RMV complex. Trials suggest Saanich is moderately tolerant of RBDV. Saanich may exhibit some degree of field resistance to root rot caused by Phytophthora fragariae. . Saanich has been rated as less susceptible to spur blight (Didymella applanata) than Meeker, and moderately susceptible to cane Botrytis (B. cinerea) and to anthracnose (Elsinoe veneta).
Saanich is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No: EU 40926). The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Saanich without a licence is prohibited. Saanich is available from the following licensed propagators: