Many Dutch growers still question their choice of variety for th enew season. Mike Bruinen of nursery Apartus and Rolf Vijverberg of Fa. C. and R. Vijverberg speak about their experiences with the green bell pepper Overture during the Overture Tour by Syngenta.
Peter Colbers of Syngenta provides information
Overture, a new green pepper variety from Syngenta, was first cultivated in greenhouses on a large scale this year. In total, approximately 12 hectares is being cultivated, and an increase is expected. Overture is often compared with Sopra, but according to Peter Colbers of Syngenta that’s not entirely justified: “It’s actually somewhere between Consumo and Sopra. But Overture requires totally different growing strategy than Sopra.”
First on the tour’s list was Apartus. In the nursery the pepper was sown on 5 November and planted on 7 December. From the start the production was coarse and it held on during the summer, but from week 30 a marked decline in coarseness became visible through a peak in the fruit weight. During this period there was also a higher percentage of class two sorting. "During the first setting it was too cold," says Bruinen. "We started with full days of 22 degrees and stuck with that until the first setting. Afterwards we dropped to a daily temperature of 18 to 16 degrees in the night and it was too cold. At our other location we scaled back on temperature and that has worked out well.”
At C & R Vijverberg
Next on the agenda was a visit to nursery C & R Vijverberg. Vijverberg has sown early (19 October) and planted early as well (November 15). The first setting looked fine. "But in week nine the dark weather interfered. The plant was empty and then the light came back. When there was no stopping it," says Rolf Vijverberg. In the course of the season, the average fruit size remained coarse.
Rolf Vijverberg and Marcel Vis
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