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Last winter Australian cucumber growers experienced extended cold periods (sometimes with ice coating their greenhouses) and crop losses of up to 40% due to cold strike (fruit scurfing).
But this winter an expanding cadre of growers are facing the cold with new confidence. They are planting significantly better seeds.
Making this one small change to their process, growers who trialled Abundant cucumbers last winter reported:
- more vigorous growth and fruit production
- fruit with improved colour, shape and uniformity
- dramatically less fruit cold strike
- consistent vine growth through cold periods
- no evidence of cold stress in the plant
- no fruit abortion
- and in some cases a longer picking cycle
Sound too good to be true? Why should Abundant’s seeds be so much better?
Abundant Seeds teamed up with Sydney University’s Plant Breeding Institute (PBI) in 2011, and since then, plant scientists have been breeding cucumbers suited to Australian conditions and low tech (unheated, uncooled) greenhouses – in stark contrast with internationally sourced horticultural seeds bred in high tech, climate-controlled greenhouses in Europe or the United States.
Abundant Seeds’ absolute focus is to provide better options and better results for growers, and in turn superior fruit for consumers.
“We have developed and produced high quality varieties, here in Australia perfect for growing in Australian conditions,” says Sales Manager, Rebecca McClung. “We, and Australian growers, are fortunate to have this collaboration with the University of Sydney PBI. Their scientists breed plants that offer substantial advantages to growers without the need for major changes in crop management. For our first winter and spring season trials to be so successful and so well received by growers is proof that we are on the right track, and that there is strong demand for locally developed seeds.”
With all the scientific and breeding expertise on hand in Australia, Abundant Seeds is also able to offer growers unparalleled after-sales service.
“We view ourselves as being in partnership with our growers,” Rebecca McClung said. “If they have an issue or technical question, I can get them an answer quickly.”
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