Dutch grower harvests TOVs and loose tomatoes from same Merlice variety
On September 30, Gertjan harvested the last tomatoes. "With Merlice we came out on an excellent production, more than a kilo over our goals."
Teler Gertjan van der Spek of Solyco
Different way of pruning
Of course Solyco adjusts his pruning policy to the way of harvesting. Gertjan: "Normally we prune all trusses on five fruits. Then Merlice creates a nice uniform truss with large tomatoes. When we harvest loose tomatoes, we do not prune, causing an average of seven tomatoes on the vine, which are finer. That is an advantage for the loose sales. In this way, the production per square meter of loose and cluster is approximately equal."
Gertjan concludes: “An advantage of Merlice is that this breed provides uniform tomatoes. It is an advantage with harvesting loose tomatoes because more sorting work is involved. In any case we will definitely continue next year with Merlice in the greenhouse again."
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