VEENAS F1 HYBRID BUTTERNUT SQUASH

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • UNIFORM, SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED FRUIT
  • EXCELLENT YIELD POTENTIAL
  • SUITABLE FOR PRE-PACKING AND EXPORT
  • INTERMEDIATE RESISTANCE TO POWDERY MILDEW

Veenas F1 hybrid is a Cucurbita moschata type butternut. Fruit are small to medium in size with excellent fruit quality and uniformity. Plants are widely adapted and yield potential is excellent. Fruit set is excellent and covers a long bearing season. Fruit weigh between 600 and 1000 g, have a short Waltham shape and are not inclined to crack. The flesh is very firm, yellow-orange in colour and has an excellent flavour. The rind is very smooth and tan in colour when mature. The mature fruit has an excellent shelf life. Veenas is well adapted for warm season harvests where small to medium-sized fruit are required and is the variety of choice for exporters looking for small fruit size. Veenas has intermediate resistance to Powdery mildew (Px) (ex Sf).

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Veenas is suggested for warm season plantings only as fruit size decreases during cool seasons
  • Fruit size is affected by plant population: The higher the population, the smaller the fruit size
  • Suggested plant population is 10 000 – 15 000 plants per hectare

Description

CHARACTERISTIC*: VEENAS
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
PLANT TYPE: Full vine
FRUIT SHAPE: Short cylindrical, with a bulbous blossom end
RIND COLOUR: Tan
YIELD POTENTIAL: 30 – 45 t/ha
MATURE HARVEST MASS : 600 – 1 000 g
SHELF LIFE (MATURE FRUIT): Excellent
UNIFORMITY: Excellent
POPULATION GUIDE: Final stand of 10 000 – 15 000 plants per ha
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC):
Intermediate resistance: Podosphaera xanthii (ex Sphaerotheca fuliginea) Px (ex Sf)
MARKETS / END USE: Export, pre-packing, fresh prepared stuffing
SPECIAL FEATURES: Uniform, small to medium fruit size, excellent yield potential