Syngenta writes in the newsletter about the experiences with red-pepper variety Waltz. In spite of a slow start, due to darker weather in the spring, the sturdy variety has bounced back and performed admirably. Syngenta is already talking about a ‘production topper’.
Because of the speed with which the pepper grows, mass production is under way, leading to a significantly better median price. Combined with its good fruit quality it makes this breed particularly interesting for the grower.
Considerations for the coming period
Watering: the shortening days and higher humidity outside (especially in the morning and evening), lead to lower water requirements. Start watering later in the morning and stop dripping earlier in the afternoon. To ensure adequate light in the crop in the autumn period we recommend:
• capping at 1
• to pay extra attention to washing glass and to remove coatings by early September.
Other interesting newcomers in the red pepper range at Syngenta:
PR07378, PR07370 and PR07037 are currently being tested in different locations. All three are mildew tolerant; PR07378 PR07370 and Tm 3 are resistant, PR07037 is Tm2 resistant.
The main features of these new varieties are:
- • Leaning towards Waltz in terms of sturdiness, with similar vigour and also by rapid staining
- • Fruit weight 10 g higher than Waltz, uniform fruits in form and color, good quality, even after storage
- Uniform plant material PR07370:
- • Open and generative crop type, short length
- • Thick-walled fruits remain very firm after storage
- • Fruit weight similar to Waltz PR07037:
- • Open and generative crop type
- • Uniform fruit with high fruit weight (220 g)
- Suitable for red and green harvesting due to slower staining