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Green Coronet continues to thrive.

Green Coronet has proven itself over many years as a reliable winter cabbage where ever it is grown.  This consistency can be traced back to the mid 1980’s when it was first introduced to the South African market. Grower  Nico Smuts of Wesco Holdings, farms in the Hekpoort area of the North West province finds that Green Coronet fits perfectly into his winter cabbage programme. The variety fulfils his needs for both the processing as well the bagging markets.  Nico supplies Green Coronet to the Johannesburg and Pretoria fresh produce markets as a bagging cabbage. He also supplies 2 leading fresh produce processors that use Green Coronet for the salad and prepared food segments.


Nico plants Green Coronet form March to June at 35 000 plants per hectare and cites the uniformity and high cut percentage as stand-out qualities of the variety.  With a pedigree and track record that date back many years, Green Coronet is one of the most consistent and reliable winter cabbages in South Africa.


Green Coronet takes 90 -110 days from transplant to harvest in the spring/summer growing slot and 120 – 140 days in the autumn/winter slot. (The variety has a low to intermediate resistance to black rot and therefore it is better suited to the cooler slots where black rot pressure is lower). Key features of the variety include an attractive blue/green colour, good bolting resistance (especially in the critical winter spring harvesting slot), cold tolerance and adaptability with a medium to large head size.  Consult your sales representative or our offices for information on best sowing times for your region.


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