Van der Burg Paprika's in Est, the Netherlands grows 11.5ha of red blocky peppers, with the majority of them being Maranello. Since this year, there is also 2.3 ha Maureno. "We wanted to add a pepper with a lower fruit weight than Maranello, so we can supply a pack of three peppers with a total weight of 500 grams. This is not possible with just Maranello, you need, especially in spring, a lighter variety alongside it."
Maureno fulfilled this role perfectly, according to Nieki. "With its uniform average fruit weight of 190 grams, it met the expectations all year. And what is really remarkable with this variety is that there were almost no very small fruits. My lowest average fruit weight is 185 grams. The weight of all fruits is very uniform. No extremes upwards, but also none downwards. Even in the week with extreme heat, Maureno kept its fruit weight."
Nieki sowed on October 23 and planted on December 6. The good looking plants he received immediately caught the eye. "They were really nice. Everything could be used."
In the brand-new greenhouse on the Karnheuvelsestraat, cultivation started quite vegetatively. "I had to maintain a robust pre-night in January to achieve first bloom. Ultimately, it was a success."
Compared to Maranello, Maureno has to be more controlled based on the fruit, according to Enza Zaden. "Actually, it permanently needs a pre-night. Maureno easily maintains its growth and, with regard to labour, it is comparable to Maranello viewed over the entire year."
Nieki does not use screens often. "Only if there is a lot of light in combination with heat, that is the only occasion. That worked well for Maureno.”
The end of the cultivation is looking good, as far as Nieki is concerned. Towards the end of the cultivation, Maureno keeps on growing well, the last set is flowering so now we have to wait. Don't do anything crazy, and the peppers will come."