Nearly 350 agricultural producers, technicians and cooperative members of the Campo de Cartagena attended the Zucchini Conferences of Semillas Fitó, where the quality and the huge potential of the new Leonardo zucchini have been demonstrated. The conferences were held in mid-January in a greenhouse in the town of Dolores de Pacheco, in Torre Pacheco, where this new (mostly) export variety has been planted.
The Leonardo is a zucchini that is sown from October to December and harvested from late November to mid-spring. It stands out for being very easy to handle in the greenhouse. The plant is of medium-high vigor and has an erect bearing. It is is open and with short internodes. The leaves have a small size that facilitates aeration and pollination. The fact that it is such an open plant keeps the crop healthier, and problems with fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew or botrytis are minimized. It is a very productive variety and its resistance to powdery mildew and CMV helps improve both the quality of the fruits and the plant's productivity throughout its cycle, especially in the autumn and winter months.
Regarding the fruit, the Leonardo is a variety that consumers like and which is likely to become successful in the export market. It has everything the producers and distributors are looking for. It has a straight, elongated shape; it has no streaks and its color is dark green. It also has a surprising shine, which conveys 'freshness'; something very positive for the buyers. The fruit is very uniform and dense inside, increasing its weight and offering an excellent post-harvest. Furthermore, the apical flower is easily detached and has a small pistillary closure.
Everyone present at the conference had the chance to see that this variety is very easy to handle and that it adapts perfectly to the characteristics of the Campo de Cartagena, yielding a quality production throughout the entire cycle. The variety's prospects for the next campaign are consequently very good.