Quick reference guide
Variety  

Days to maturity (days from sowing)*

 

Fruit weight (kg)* Plant type Fruit shape* Rind colour* Flesh colour* Storage ability* Disease reaction # Market  segment Comments
ZYMV PRSV Px
Apollo 
 
85 – 100 1.5 – 2.2 Full vine Elongated cylindrical, bulbous blossom end Tan Orange Very

good

IR IR  

 

Fresh market & processing Intermediate resistance against virus.  Excellent fruit uniformity and yield potential. Attractive elongated Waltham shape
Atlas 

90 – 105 2 – 3 Semi-bush Cylindrical, bulbous blossom end Tan Deep orange Excellent       Processing

& fresh market

Industry standard for processing.  Very high yield potential. Excellent storage ability. Good fruit uniformity
Barbara 

Baby: 45

Mature:

85 – 95

1 – 1.5 Full vine Cylindrical, bulbous blossom end Dark green with tan stripes Deep yellow Good       Pre-pack as baby, fresh market Early tropical butternut. Immature fruit very attractive as a baby vegetable. Strong healthy vines
Cosmos 

85 – 100 0.8 – 1.2 Bush Cylindrical, bulbous blossom end Tan Deep orange Medium  

 

 

 

IR Fresh market Vigorous bush plant habit. Very uniform, medium size fruit. Concentrated fruit set and early harvesting of fruit
Meteor
(Experimental)

Baby: 45

Mature:

85 – 95

1-1.5 Semi-

Bush

Cylindrical, bulbous blossom end Yellow with green blossom end Deep orange Medium       Pre-pack as baby, fresh market Good yield potential.  Immature fruit very attractive as baby vegetable.
Pluto 

85 – 100 1 – 1.5 Full vine Cylindrical, bulbous blossom end Tan Deep orange Excellent  

 

 

 

IR Fresh market, export & processing Excellent yield potential. High fruit uniformity. New industry standard for fresh market. Excellent storage ability
Quantum 

85 – 100 0.8 – 1.2 Full vine Cylindrical bulbous blossom end Tan Orange Excellent     IR Fresh market export & processing Excellent yield potential. High fruit uniformity. New industry standard for fresh market. Excellent storage ability. Ideal for export and supermarket
Veenas 

85 – 100 0.6 – 1 Full vine Short cylindrical, bulbous blossom end Tan Orange Excellent  

 

 

 

IR Export,

pre-pack, fresh prepared

Ideal for pre-packing and export due to excellent uniformity and small fruit size. Excellent yield potential
Waltham
(Imported)

(Open pollinated)
90 – 100 0.6 – 1.5 Full vine Cylindrical, bulbous blossom end Tan Yellow orange Very

good

      Fresh market, export & processing Superior Waltham selection with uniform fruit and good yield for an open pollinated variety

* Characteristics given are affected by production methods such as soil type, nutrition, planting population, planting date and climatic conditions. Please read disclaimer.

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# Disease reaction key:
IR:  Intermediate resistance      HR: High resistance

Abbreviation Common disease name Pathogen name
Px (ex Sf) Powdery mildew Podosphaera xanthii (ex Sphaerotheca fuliginea)
PRSV Papaya ringspot Papaya ringspot virus
ZYMV Zucchini yellows Zucchini yellow mosaic virus

Disclaimer: This information is based on our observations and/or information from other sources. As crop performance depends on the interaction between the genetic potential of the seed, its physiological characteristics, and the environment, including management, we give no warranty express or implied, for the performance of crops relative to the information given nor do we accept any liability for any loss, direct or consequential, that may arise from whatsoever cause. Please read the Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Conditions of Sale before ordering seed.

Resistance: is the ability of a plant variety to restrict the growth and development of a specified pest or pathogen and/or the damage they cause when compared to susceptible plant varieties under similar environmental conditions and pest or pathogen pressure. Resistant varieties may exhibit some disease symptoms or damage under heavy pest or pathogen pressure. (HR = High resistance, IR = Intermediate resistance).

Experimental: This variety does not appear on the current South African Variety list, but has been submitted for registration. Recent version:Kindly contact Sakata or Area Representative for the most recent version of this Technical Bulletin.