Nickerson Zwaan Dutch Open Days

28 September 2010


CAPITO hybrid leek


Pointed Cabbage Packing

During the last week of September Steve McArthur visited the annual vegetable variety open days in The Netherlands. Nickerson-Zwaan had on display in the fields a complete range of cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, leek, carrot, lettuce, radish, brussels sprouts as well as on site products of onions and Hazera's specialty tomato products.

These three new varieties that we are testing in New Zealand currently  stood out in these trials.

Capito F1, this is a early to main season hybrid leek that has a long shank, with upright foliage. The plant is in the same class as Pancho, and offers improved uniformity and higher packouts.

Rococo F1, a cms hybrid red cabbage that has worked in the bolting period in New Zealand. It looked good in this early time slot and it looks likely that here in NZ as well the time frame will be for harvest from mid Autumn to late Spring.

NiZ 18-063, this hybrid broccoli has a high tolerance to blindness which is a problem in the southern areas of NZ. It produces a very nice deep green, small beaded head.

For further information on new varieties that may improve your own production, please contact Steve McArthur directly 021 677 889 or



UK Vegeable Farmer Article NiZ Open Days The Netherlands.pdf