GEMINI F1 HYBRID GEM SQUASH

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • EXCELLENT QUALITY AND YIELD
  • SEMI-BUSH
  • SUITABLE FOR BABY AND MATURE FRUIT PRODUCTION
  • VERY EARLY MATURING

Gemini is the first gem squash type developed with a semi-bush habit. Gemini is a strong grower with an open plant structure and very high yield potential. The first fruit are harvestable as baby squashes at approximately 45 days after direct sowing. The fruit shape is oval to globe shaped at the baby stage and matures to a globe shape. The fruit stem colour is very dark green and is long enough to make harvesting quick and easy. The rind is smooth and mature fruit weigh 300 – 350 g. The rind colour of the baby is a very dark green with slightly lighter flecks.  Fruit mature to very dark green with good holding ability, uniformity and shelf life. Gemini can be used as a baby squash in pre-packs and mature fruit on the fresh market.

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS

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CHARACTERISTIC*: GEMINI
KIND: F1 hybrid squash (Cucurbita pepo L.)
TYPE: Gem squash
MATURITY:
Baby: 45 days after sowing
Mature: 65 days after sowing
SEASON: Widely adapted for production after danger of frost has passed
PLANT TYPE: Compact vine
FRUIT SHAPE: Baby: Oval – globe
Mature: Globe
FRUIT SIZE:
Baby: 3.5 x 3.5 cm
Mature: 8 x 9 cm weighing 300 – 350 g
FRUIT COLOUR INTERNAL: Cream-yellow
FRUIT COLOUR EXTERNAL : Very dark green
SHELF LIFE:
Baby: Excellent compared to baby marrows
Mature: Excellent
UNIFORMITY: Very good
PLANT SPACING GUIDE: 120 – 160 cm between rows x 35 – 50 cm in the row
POPULATION GUIDE: 15 000  – 18 000 final stand per ha
MARKETS / END USE: Fresh market and pre-pack
SPECIAL FEATURES: Very high yield potential and very early maturing