METEOR* F1 HYBRID BUTTERNUT SQUASH

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES   

  • UNIQUE BABY VEGETABLE PRODUCT
  • VERY HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE PLANTS
  • OUTSTANDING QUALITY AND FLAVOUR

Meteor* is a tropical butternut variety which differs in colour from Barbara. It has a semi-bush type growing habit with vigorous plants. Due to the vigorous plants, it is not easily susceptible to diseases. It has a very good fruit setting ability, thus giving excellent yields. When used as a baby, the first fruits are harvestable 45 days after transplant. The rind colour of the fruits are yellow with a green blossom end with light stripes running across the length of the fruit, making for a very attractive and unique looking fruit. Meteor* may also be used as mature fruit which are harvestable about 90 days after transplant. The colour pattern remains the same at maturity.

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Make sure that mature fruit are ripe before picking. Light green stripes must have discoloured into a normal tan colour before picking

Description

CHARACTERISTIC: METEOR*
KIND: F1 hybrid squash (Cucurbita moschata (Duchesne) Duchesne ex Poiret)
TYPE: Tropical butternut squash
MATURITY:
Mature fruit: 85 – 95 days to harvest
Baby fruit: 50 days to harvest
SEASON: Widely adapted for production after danger of frost has passed
PLANT TYPE: Semi-bush
FRUIT SHAPE: Cylindrical, with a bulbous blossom end
RIND COLOUR: Yellow with a green blossom end and light stripes running across the length of the fruit
YIELD POTENTIAL: 25 – 35 t/ha (mature fruit)
BABY SIZE: 25 – 35 t/ha (mature fruit)
MATURE HARVEST MASS: 2.5 x 8 cm
SHELF LIFE (MATURE FRUIT): 1 000 – 1 500 g
UNIFORMITY: Good
PLANT SPACING GUIDE: Good
POPULATION GUIDE:
Baby: Final stand of 15 000 plants per ha
Mature: Final stand of 15 000 plants per ha
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC): 
MARKET / END USE: Pre-pack as baby vegetable and fresh market
SPECIAL FEATURES: Unique baby vegetable