RED ROOKIE F1 hybrid fresh market cabbage

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • VERY SLOW TO BOLT
  • VERY GOOD HOLDING ABILITY
  • EXCELLENT UNIFORMITY AND YIELD POTENTIAL
  • SUITABLE FOR ‘BABY’ AND MEDIUM SIZE CABBAGE

Red Rookie is an early maturing hybrid, maturing at around 80 – 90 days after transplant for large heads. Plants are very strong, vigorous and uniform in comparison to other red cabbages.  Heads are almost perfectly round and very attractive with a deep purple-red exterior colour and very prominent purple interior colour. Heads are very firm and compact with a short core and thick leaves. Head quality is excellent and Red Rookie is well adapted for transporting over long distances. Holding ability on the land, resistance to cracking and very little head deformation makes Red Rookie a standard among red cabbage growers. Performance of Red Rookie is excellent due to its reliability, versatility and excellent adaptability to various climatic conditions.

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Red Rookie is generally used as a large-headed fresh market cabbage but can be used successfully as a ‘baby’ cabbage under higher plant populations
  • Red Rookie is suited to sowing throughout the year in warm areas and most of the year except during April and May in cool areas
  • Contact the area representative for a sowing guide

CHARACTERISTIC: RED ROOKIE
TYPE: F1 hybrid fresh market cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. convar. Capitata (L.) Alef. Var. capitata (L.) Alef.
MATURITY: Medium
Large heads: around 80 – 90 days from transplanting
‘Baby’: 50 – 60  days from transplanting
HEAD SIZE: Medium to large, depending on planting density
HEAD SHAPE: Round
HEAD WEIGHT: 0.8 – 3.5 kg (could be bigger depending on spacing)
HEAD COVER: Very good
EXTERIOR COLOUR: Deep purple-red
INTERIOR COLOUR: Purple, red and white
FLAVOUR: Very good
PLANT SIZE: Medium-large
PLANT HABIT: Semi-erect
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC):
BOLTING REACTION: Very slow to bolt
FIELD HOLDING: Excellent
YIELD POTENTIAL: Very good
SUGGESTED POPULATION: 35 000 plants per ha (large head) – 80 000+ plants per ha (small/baby head)
USE: Loose heads, pre-packing and novelty
SPECIAL FEATURES: Excellent shelf life and widely adapted