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BONNY – year rounder for the Cape.

The cauliflower variety BONNY has been a dominating force in the Western Cape crating market for many years.  BONNY is a very adaptable variety and can be planted throughout the year in the Cape Peninsula area. The strong frame of BONNY makes it ideal for the loose crating market and high stacks can be packed on market floors without damaging the product. The advantage to the grower is that these impressive stacks sell quicker at higher prices. BONNY has a good general disease resistance and curd quality is outstanding due to this and its’ protective wrapper leaves. The curd has a pure white colour which is much sought after by consumers. BONNY will mature at around 70 days after transplant in mid-summer and at up to 110 days in the cold of winter. BONNY shows good heat tolerance which allows for production through the hot and dry summer months. This feature limits physiological disorders such as riceness and bracting during this period.  BONNY is without doubt a variety to rely on.

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