Melanto
Impala x POS 97-1

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Characteristics

  • Fresh market
  • Medium late ripening variety
  • Very high yield!
  • Big oval/longoval tubers
  • Colour of skinand flesh: yellow
  • Dry matter content: 17.3%
  • Cooking type A, no discoloration after cooking
  • Resistant to potato cyst nematodes Ro1 and Ro4
  • Long dormancy period

Growing instructions

General remarks

Melanto is a new variety for the consumption market in Northern Africa and the Middle East. The nice oval/longoval shape of the big tubers and the smooth yellow skin makes this variety very appealing for consumers in these countries. The yield is very high with a good number of large oval to long oval tubers with yellow flesh. Cooking type A without discoloration after cooking. The dry matter content is rather low, about 17,3%.

 

Maturity

Medium late.

 

Seed treatment

Melanto has an average dormancy. No special measures are needed before planting. It is advised to plant in soils of at least 10°C.

 

Cultivation

Melanto has a rather good resistance to common scab and can also be grown on the lighter soils. Normal planting distances in the row are recommended. Normal treatments for late blight are recommended. Melanto shows no reaction after a normal pre-emergence Sencor treatment.

 

Fertilisation

The advice is to use the normal level of N-, P- and K-fertilisation.

 

Harvest

Melanto is very strong to internal bruising, but because of the very big tubers, careful harvesting to avoid mechanical damage is recommended.

 

Storage

This variety has an average dormancy and can easily be stored for shorter periods. For longer storage, the use of well-equipped cold stores is necessary.

 

Resistance to diseases

Melanto is resistant to Potato Cyst Nematodes (Ro1, 4). Rather strong against common scab en spraing and has a high tolerance to tuber symptoms of virus Yntn. The resistance to late blight in the foliage and in the tubers is average.

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