APOLLO F1 HYBRID BUTTERNUT SQUASH

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • MEDIUM TO LARGE-SIZED FRUIT
  • ELONGATED WALTHAM SHAPE
  • EXCELLENT FRUIT UNIFORMITY
  • EXCELLENT YIELD POTENTIAL
  • GOOD VIRUS RESISTANCE

Apollo F1 hybrid is a Cucurbita moschata type butternut squash bearing medium to large sized fruit with excellent fruit qualities and uniformity.  Plants are vigorous and have intermediate resistance against Zucchini yellows (ZYMV) and Papaya ringspot (PRSV).  Apollo is widely adapted and yield potential is excellent.  Fruit set is excellent and over a long bearing season.  Fruit weigh between 1 500 – 2 200 g when planted in warm conditions and are not inclined to crack.  The fruit has an elongated Waltham shape, making the variety ideal for roundel cuts.  The flesh texture is firm and the rind is very smooth.  The rind colour is a deep tan when mature.  The mature fruit have a very good shelf life and are used as traditional fresh market butternuts or for processing.

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

  • To obtain large fruit, we suggest planting during summer. Medium-sized fruit may be expected with early spring and autumn plantings
  • We suggest a plant population of 10 000 – 15 000 plants per hectare
  • Contact area representative for more information

Description

VARIETY NAME:  APOLLO
KIND: F1 hybrid squash (Cucurbita moschata (Duchesne) Duchesne ex Poiret)
TYPE: Butternut squash
MATURITY: 85 – 100 days to harvest as mature fruit
SEASON: Widely adapted for warm season production and cool season production in tropical and sub-tropical areas
PLANT TYPE: Full vine
FRUIT SHAPE: Elongated cylindrical, with a bulbous blossom end
RIND COLOUR: Deep tan
YIELD POTENTIAL: 35 – 50 t/ha
MATURE HARVEST MASS : 1 500 – 2 200 g
SHELF LIFE (MATURE FRUIT): Very good
UNIFORMITY: Excellent
POPULATION GUIDE: 10 000 – 15 000 final stand per ha
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC): Intermediate resistance: Zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV), Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV)
MARKETS / END USE: Fresh market, processing
SPECIAL FEATURES: Very uniform, medium to large fruit size, excellent yield potential