The heated greenhouse tomato in Europe has seen steady growth in the large truss segment according to Phil Ritchie, protected cropping advisor for Rijk Zwaan Australia. Like the USA and Canada, Australians have been enjoying large truss varieties for many years while growers have been working hard to find varieties that can perform consistently with the extreme and variable Australian climate.
Following outstanding success in North West Europe, Rijk Zwaan have introduced an exciting new truss tomato variety called Endeavour RZ into the Australian market.
“Endeavour RZ represents a change to a more generative variety from Rijk Zwaan with this variety having exceptional setting ability and sufficient plant strength to maintain consistent fruit size through the season,” says Mr Ritchie.
“Endeavour RZ is a plant that is very well balanced and as a result requires a lower labour input. It is also suitable for both winter and summer plantings. The trial results we are getting from our trials all over Australia and New Zealand regarding fruit quality and truss shape of Endeavour is typical of the high standard we expect from Rijk Zwaan,” he added.
Growers visiting the Protected Cropping Australia Conference in Adelaide will be able to meet Phil Ritchie who recently hosted a visit by their International crop adviser for the large truss segment, Gaston Jacobs, who is well known to many visitors to Europe. Phil, who is based in Sydney, also has a lot of experience in hydroponic lettuce production and he is keen to update visitors on the new fresh lettuce range.
Mr Ritchie says Rijk Zwaan have continued to develop the Salanova range of lettuce and remain market leaders in the type of lettuce leaf available for the fresh and processing markets.
For further information contact:
Rijk Zwaan Australia,
PO Box 284, Daylesford, Victoria 3460