VARIETY NAME: QUANTUM
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 production after danger of frost has passed
PLANT TYPE: Full vine
FRUIT SHAPE: Cylindrical, with a bulbous blossom end
RIND COLOUR: Tan
YIELD POTENTIAL: 35 – 50 t/ha
MATURE HARVEST MASS: 800 – 1 200 g
SHELF LIFE (MATURE FRUIT): Excellent
UNIFORMITY: Very high
PLANT SPACING GUIDE: 1.6 m between rows, for in-row spacing see page 2
POPULATION GUIDE: Final stand of 10 000 – 12 000 plants per ha
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC): Intermediate resistance: Podosphaera xanthii (ex Sphaerotheca fuliginea) Px (ex Sf)
MARKETS / END USE: Export, fresh market and processing
SPECIAL FEATURES: Very uniform, medium size fruit, superior flesh quality and excellent flavour, excellent yield potential

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • UNIFORM, MEDIUM-SIZED FRUIT
  • EXCELLENT YIELD POTENTIAL
  • OUTSTANDING INTERNAL QUALITY AND FLAVOUR
  • INTERMEDIATE RESISTANCE TO POWDERY MILDEW

Quantum F1 hybrid is a Cucurbita moschata type butternut with medium-sized fruit and excellent fruit quality.  Plants are adaptable and vigorous and tend therefore to be less susceptible to diseases. Yield potential is excellent and the fruit are not inclined to crack.  Fruit set is excellent and covers a long bearing season.  Fruit shape is similar to that of Waltham and the size is smaller than Pluto but larger than Veenas (800 – 1 200 g).  The firm, deep orange flesh has an excellent flavour and high sugar content.  The smooth rind has a tan colour when mature.  Mature fruit have an excellent shelf life.  Quantum is well adapted for warm season harvests where medium sized fruit are required.  Fruit are used as traditional butternut; however the superior flesh quality makes Quantum suitable for processing and export. Quantum has intermediate resistance to Powdery mildew (Px) (ex Sf).

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Quantum performs best in warm season plantings, during cool season production, fruit size is smaller than during summer and may become too small
  • Fruit size is affected by plant population: The higher the population, the smaller the fruit size. We suggest 10 000 – 12 000 plants per hectare