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Introducing Octavia - The New August Conqueror Raspberry Bushes


Collection of orders by arrangement preferred but online orders also accepted for despatch usually within 5-7 working days.


Late season
Finest flavour
For the North
Easy to grow
Large berries
Heavy cropping
Modern varieties

The outstanding qualities of Octavia lead to it being selected by HRI East Malling for introduction, having distinguished itself from amongst rival new trial varieties. Octavia produces the majority of its yield through August, effectively filling the gap between the late Summer season Raspberries and the first of the Autumn fruiters. Although there are of course other later Summer season Raspberries, Octavia easily outperforms Tulameen and Augusta, and is later still than Glen Magna. Octavia produces well displayed prominent clusters of substantial rosey red conical berries - from near the base of the canes, all the way up to the top! As you can imagine this produces a supremely satisfying and remarkable display of tempting fruit in the garden as well as a hefty total yield. The flavour is sweet and the fleshy fruits have fewer seeds than many of the older varieties. The canes are rather upright in habit and easily managed. Octavia is without doubt the first late Summer Raspberry with its concentrated yield of high quality, sweetly flavoured fruits firmly in place throughout August - just when fresh Raspberries are at a premium and exactly when you want them most. A variety of considerable value to the home gardener.

Sending a tree through the post isn't easy, so our parcels are expertly packed to keep your goods in the best condition. There is no surcharge on the delivery of larger parcels/orders.

Tree size as supplied varies but is usually between 3.5' - 4.5' on despatch. A few varieties might be slightly smaller, some a little bigger, of course it does vary but this is a good average. WE SUPPLY YOUNG TREES - and are proud to do so. Although we are sometimes requested to supply older/bigger trees, the percieved advantages are outwighed by disadvantages! Older trees take longer to establish and will fruit no more quickly. The young trees we send out grow away and establish so quickly and healthily & often yield within 1 season of planting. Our customers even report fruits the first year of planting! All professional fruit growers prefer to plant young trees rather than older.

Our soft fruit bushes are usually 2 years old.
Everything is stringently graded, grown on the nursery and well packed!

  • No need to be in - You can request your parcel to be left in a safe place, or stipulate an alternative delivery address, at the checkout.
  • Free 16 page booklet with every order dealing with all aspects of fruit growing.

Gold Standard Health & Quality

Chris Bowers' Gold StandardWe have in place very rigorous standards for the health, providence and uniformity of all our fruiting plants & trees. Our Nursery and the stock we grow is inspected and passported for health regularly by DEFRA experts [formerly the Ministry of Agriculture] and we have in place our own stringent controls and inspection programmes to ensure our fruiting bushes and trees are the best, most disease free stocks available and truly beyond compare.

We always propagate from certified stock where this exists and have the highest standards regarding providence and grading. If only the very best will do - as it should - then you can rely on a Chris Bowers fruiting plant to give the most exemplary results available. We firmly believe that only the very healthiest stock can and does produce vastly superior results - and it shows.

Our Guarantee

We are proud of each & every plant & tree we despatch from our Nursery. If it fails to thrive or live up to your expectations we will replace or refund it. This is in addition to your statutory rights. We may rarely ask for details of care and cultivation given to it, or arrange for a return of the item for inspection, to assist in our own programme of improvement.