The sun shone on 28th March for our 2012 Salad Mix field day. This was our largest planting yet with 70 Lettuce, 39 Chinese Greens, 18 Rocket, 3 Beets, and 22 Spinach varieties with two replications of each.
Top pick for lettuce was a unique variety of green oak LEL 1133 with very unusual growth habit of multiple centres. Dark green, glossy and beautifully shaped leaves that get no longer than 15cm but just keep multiplying in number – excellent for processing. It is common for heads to weigh in excess of 450gm.
Destroyer proved itself yet again as hard to beat. Wth BL 1-25 and Nr, this Lollo Bionda presents with a uniform dome, strong against bolting and tipburn. The base of the leaf has a narrow attachment to the core giving less opportunity for oxidation when processed. Destroyer has excellent volume and weight.
Chinese Greens for babyleaf come in every colour and leaf shape! Try CHG 0524 for a spicy mustard addtion to a salad.Red Chief, Red Elk and Red Monarch, Red Elk will add brilliant colour.Wild rockets (diplotaxis) continue their popularity with European Wild or choysa. Kamal and serrated look similar to wild rocket, but, give you the speed of standard Rocket.
Our Spinach varieties include everything from summer smooth leaf Monza, semi savoy Rakaia through to winter smooth leaf Nagano and semi savoy Delmore. New varieties with greater mildew resistance have been introduced including winter variety Harp (PV 0297), shouler variety Bango (PV 0290), spring through to autumn variety Tambourine (PV 0294) and for the summer Mandolin (PV 0291).
We have a range of spinach for every different season, leaf style and end use. Please ask for more information for your region, season and preferred leaf style.