GRANATE* F1 Hybrid – Short Day – Red Onion

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • LATE MATURING, SHORT DAY HYBRID
  • OUTSTANDING GERMINATION RATE
  • UNIFORM, GOOD QUALITY, FIRM BULBS
  • EXCELLENT RED SKIN COLOUR
  • VERY GOOD INTERNAL COLOURING

Granate* is a medium maturing, short day red onion.  Granate* produces high quality globe-shaped bulbs with excellent internal colouring.  The variety has an excellent germination rate and has vigorous vegetative growth.  Scale leaves have an appealing red colour.  Granate* has a high yield potential and is suitable for production in Kenya for the fresh and export market.  Granate* is suitable for direct sowing as well as seedling transplants.

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Contact area representative for a local sowing guide

CHARACTERISTIC*: GRANATE*
KIND AND TYPE: F1 Hybrid, mid-season, short day red onion (Allium cepa L.)
MATURITY: Late, 21 to 25 weeks after direct seeding. Maturity depends on the sowing date, production location and seasonal variations (photoperiod and temperature).
BULB SHAPE: Globe to high globe
BULB SIZE: Medium to large (50 – 90 mm) – bulb size is influenced by the plant population
BULB UNIFORMITY (SHAPE AND SIZE): Very good
BULB NECK SIZE AND QUALITIES: Medium to small (thin) and tight
BULB FIRMNESS: Very good
BULB TUNIC (SKIN/SCALE LEAF) COLOUR: Excellent red bulb skin colour
TUNIC RETENTION AND QUALITY: Good – multiple outer scale leaves reduce bruises during transportation
STORABILITY/SHELF LIFE: Short to moderate (2 – 3 months). Storage potential depends on the storage conditions (temperature and humidity).
FLESH COLOUR: White with red to purple rings
TASTE: Pungent
LEAF/FOLIAGE HEALTH AND GROWTH HABIT: Good and flagging to upright
LEAF/FOLIAGE COLOUR: Dark green
BOLTING REACTION: Slow – good tolerance (related to the sowing date)
DISEASE RESISTANCE (SCIENTIFIC): None claimed
GROWING AREA: Grown between 23 – 35° latitude. Refer to the sowing guide for the recommended sowing period in different production areas.
AVERAGE SEED COUNT: 220 – 320 seeds per gram or 220 000 – 320 000 seeds per kilogram
SUGGESTED SOWING DENSITY: Density depends on the size requirement of the bulbs and the target market/uses of the final product, however, we recommend: Final population of 750 000 – 850 000 plants per hectare
SEED REQUIREMENT PER HECTARE:
Direct sowing: 900 000 – 1000 000 seeds per hectare / 3.5 – 4.0 kg seed per hectare
Transplant: 5.0 – 5.5 kg seed per hectare
MARKET: Bunched, fresh market, pre-pack and processed
SPECIAL FEATURES, BENEFITS AND REMARKS:­ Late maturing, excellent yield production with attractive red scale leaves. Very good germination and vigorous growth habit.