Soft Fruit Varieties
This year we are growing the following plants which will be ready for sale later this year.
Great British Bred Varieties
Unless mentioned in their descriptions, our varieties are bred in the UK by specialist breeders who carefully select desirable characteristics and cross them to create new cultivars.
*CHRISTINE - Very early season (cropping guide: 3rd week June until 2nd week July, peaking end of June)
An early variety that produces a firm, large, bright orange-red berry with excellent flavour. The only early variety to have resistance to Verticillium Wilt; it also has good Mildew resistance. It can be susceptible to Crown Rot and Red Core and may need fleecing to protect early flowers.
CAMBRIDGE FAVOURITE - Mid season (cropping guide: 4th week June until 2nd week July, peaking 1st week July)
One of the well-known older varieties, still earning its place because of its reliability and tolerance. It makes a good beginner variety. The fruit is paler than the modern varieties but the juiciness and sweet flavour makes it a favourite for many and it's great for jam making too. Its dense growing habit makes it more susceptible to Botrytis in wet seasons.
*PEGASUS - Mid season (cropping guide: 3rd/4th week June until 4th week July, peaking 1st/2nd week July)
Probably one of the best disease-resistant mid-season varieties, preferring slightly heavier soils. The fruit is of a high quality, juicy and with excellent flavour. It has strong resistance to Verticillium Wilt, Crown Rot and Red Core but some susceptibility to Mildew when under stress.
*SYMPHONY - Late season (cropping guide: 3rd/4th week June until 4th week July, peaking 1st/2nd week July)
A high-yielding, Scottish variety producing bright red fruit with good flavour. Very good disease resistance, especially against Red Core and Vine Weevil, but can be susceptible to Mildew. It seems to excel in damper conditions. Good for organic growers and suitable for field and protected cropping.
GLEN FYNE - Early mid season (cropping guide: last week June until last week July, peaking 2nd week July)
This new Scottish variety has a long picking season and high yields. It has firm, bright berries with the best sweet and aromatic flavour. It is moderately vigorous, with tall, spine-free and easily managed canes. It has good disease resistance, but avoid planting into soil where Root Rot has been a problem.
Mid Season Raspberry Varieties
*GLEN AMPLE - Mid season (cropping guide: 4th week June until 4th week July, peaking 2nd week July)
A popular variety with spine-free canes. It produces conical, bright red fleshy fruit of excellent flavour which hangs well. It is a heavy cropper, and can produce a large number of spawn, so a good feeding regime is recommended. It has some tolerance to Root Rot, but can be susceptible to other diseases. Good for protected growing.
Late Season Raspberry Varieties
TULAMEEN - Late season (cropping guide: 1st week July until 1st week August, peaking 2nd week July)
The variety with the highest quality fruit and a long picking season. Easily managed tall canes with few spines produce very large conical, aromatic and juicy fruit. It can be susceptible to cane diseases, but has some resistance to Botrytis. Bred in Canada it has good weather and winter hardiness, but, due to its height, it benefits from a sheltered site.
COWICHAN - Late season (cropping guide: 1st week July until 3rd week August, peaking 2nd week July)
A vigorous variety with a high fruit yields over a long picking season. It has an upright habit producing strong canes with spines only towards the base. The fruit is long and conical with bright, medium-red colour and a sweet flavour. It has good disease resistance and a moderate resistance to root rot. Bred in Canada it has very good weather and winter hardiness, but like Tulameen, due to its height, it benefits from a sheltered site.
*GLEN MAGNA - Late season (cropping guide: 1st week July until 1st week August, peaking 3rd week July)
This variety produces very large, dark red, sweet fruit. Several of our customers have used it successfully for showing. The canes are strong growing and moderately spiney, with good resistance to cane diseases, especially raspberry bushy dwarf virus (RBDV) and root rot.
Very Late Season Raspberry Varieties
*OCTAVIA - Very late season (cropping guide: 2nd week July until 2nd week August, peaking 4th week July)
This EMR variety extends the cropping period well into August; a useful extension to the season before the autumn fruiting begins. Very high quality fruit with large, firm berries and great flavour. The spiney canes are moderately vigorous with good disease resistance and exceptional winter hardiness, but can be susceptible to Root Rot.
Autumn Season Raspberry Varieties (Primocanes)
AUTUMN BLISS - Autumn season (cropping guide: 1st week August until frosts, peak late August)
An easy-to-manage primocane with wonderfully flavoured fruit of medium size, usually cropping from August until the first hard frosts. A firm favourite for many gardeners. The short canes can be grown in a bed system on a sheltered site with minimal supports. It excels in damper conditions and is resistant to Root Rot. Highly recommended for organic growing.
*AUTUMN TREASURE - Autumn season (cropping guide: 2nd week August until frosts, peak early September)
A primocane that crops from August until the first hard frosts. Its bright fruit is long and conical in shape with good flavour. Resistant to Verticillium Wilt, Powdery Mildew and Root Rot. The weather-tolerant upright and spine-free canes can be grown in a bed system with minimal supports. Recommended for organic growing.
*JOAN IRENE - Autumn season (cropping guide: end of August until frosts, peak mid September)
A vigorous, spine-free primocane that crops from late August or early September and continues until the first hard frosts. The fruits have a bright, medium colour and good flavour. The canes are taller than other varieties so may need support at a greater height. Joan Irene does not appear to have any known susceptibility to pests and diseases.
*BEN CONNAN - Early season (cropping guide: 3rd week June until 3rd/4th week July, peaking 1st week July)
This medium-sized variety has high yields of exceptionally large fruit that should be left to ripen well before picking. It is popular among those growing fruit for shows. It has outstanding resistance to the foliar diseases and also to Leaf Curling Midge, which is a big asset to the organic grower.
*BEN GAIRN - Early season (cropping guide: 4th week June until 3rd week July)
Ben Gairn produces medium-sized berries with an excellent flavour. It is the only variety resistant to Reversion Virus, one of the main blackcurrant problems, especially in gardens and allotments. It also has excellent resistance to foliar diseases making it an ideal organic variety.
*BEN HOPE - Mid season (cropping guide: 1st/2nd week July until end July)
An exceptionally high yielding variety, producing medium-sized berries on long strigs, and it is probably the best flavoured fruit of all our blackcurrant varieties. It shows good resistance against most foliar diseases, and is a Gall Mite-Big Bud-Reversion resistant variety. It grows tall, so is best suited to a sheltered site.
Gooseberries - Culinary / Green Varieties
ROVADA - Late season
An extremely high-yielding variety with good vigour and an upright growing habit. Long strigs of very large, juicy, bright red berries are easy to pick and freeze well. Picking can extend into August. We have found this a very good organic variety to date, and it is highly recommended.
WHITE VERSAILLES - Early season
A popular and reliable white currant with an upright growing habit that can be trained to grow up a wall or fence. Produces large white-yellow, sweet, juicy berries that hang on long strigs. A delicious fruit which also makes excellent desserts, wines and jellies. A well-proven white currant with very good disease resistance.
CHUCKLEBERRY - mid late
The Chuckleberry is a new and very exciting addition to our fruit family, bred by Chas Welch in Norfolk who crossed a redcurrant with a gooseberry and Jostaberry (itself a hybrid of a gooseberry and blackcurrant).
The result is a blackcurrant-like bush that produces high yields of dark, superbly flavoured, attractive, versatile berries in mid-July. The berries make fantastic red jams and jellies, with flavours of all three fruits in their parentage. It has great potential for gardeners and food producers alike.
An annual donation of 10% of your purchase price will be made to Macmillan Cancer Support or other cancer charities. We are selling the Chuckleberry in memory of Sian, who passed away in September 2011 after more than 20 years running the family business.
We hope you will have a smile, or maybe even a chuckle, whatever the outcome.
Further Plant Propagation*
All varieties marked * are protected under the Plant Breeder's Rights Act (PBR) 1964, or by EU Plant Variety Rights (PVR). All associated royalties (and levies) are included in the sale price.
You are reminded that further propagation of these varieties for resale is forbidden without a propagation licence from the Head Licensee. All plants are sold on the understanding that they will be used for fruit production only.
TIMPERLY EARLY - early
An early variety with pink-green stems and good flavour. Can be forced to produce stems as early as February. Great for cooking, freezing, and in preserves and wines. Best planted in late autumn and early winter. Pick by pulling the entire stem in the second season after planting. Please note that rhubarb leaves are toxic if ingested.
STOCKBRIDGE ARROW - late
A popular modern variety with tall and strong tender red stems and arrow-shaped leaves, described as the variety of the connoisseur. Heavy cropper, long picking season and great flavour. A definite favourite! Easy-to-pull stems are best picked by pulling the entire stem in the second season after planting. Please note that rhubarb leaves are toxic if ingested.