Positive impression of the new vine tomato, Climundo.

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Tomato grower Rob van de Wiel, made a conscious choice when he planted the new ToBRFV-resistant variety Climundo at the end of last year. “We consider operational reliability more important than the last kilo. And we like the crop type. So far the Climundo is doing what we expect.”

We are a little too early for the first harvest with the interview, but Rob van de Wiel has already seen enough to share a few experiences about the new truss coarse variety, Climundo, that has been in his greenhouse since the beginning of December. “We were looking for a quality variety that will last well in the chain and look good for a long time. And ToBRFV resistance was a must. This resistance is available in various new varieties and we consider it irresponsible to choose a non-resistant variety.” After discussions with Syngenta cultivation advisor Peter Colbers, and a visit to the Syngenta demo greenhouse in Maasland, Van de Wiel became enthusiastic about Climundo. “We also obtained information about the shelf life and truss presentation from other growers. And when it turned out that seed was still available, we made the decision. Seed availability was somewhat limited, but fortunately we are now one of the growers growing Climundo.”

Positive impression

Van de Wiel likes what the Climundo has shown in the greenhouse so far. “It grows nice and straight and the leaf length is not too long. The crop remains nicely open and I like to see that. Thieving and twisting is easy and the flowering is nice and regular.” With the first harvest approaching, Van de Wiel already has a reliable impression of the quality of the bunches. “They look nice and regular with little banging. The coarseness also seems okay and we have already experienced the firmness in the demo greenhouse. Of course, we have no experience with the shelf life ourselves, but the information we received from others inspires confidence.”

The importance of endurance 

The yield of Climundo remains to be seen, but that is not the only varietal characteristic that matters to Van de Wiel. “I want to be a reliable production partner for my customer [Oxin Growers, ed.]. In addition to good production, I think a healthy crop with a lot of endurance is also important. Climundo is not the fastest, but we saw a nice crop in the demo greenhouse at the end of summer last year and it continues for a long time at a pace of about 3/4 bunches per week. I just want to supply good quality tomatoes all year round. And so far, Climundo has lived up to my expectations.”

Van de Wiel's tomato cultivation

Rob van de Wiel's Climundo is located on the 4 hectare cultivation company De Oude Molen in Elshout (N.Br.), which he owns together with colleagues Kees and Paul van Rooij. Rob is responsible for cultivation at that location. The plants are grafted 1:1 onto Kardia rootstock. There are 2 plants per pot that are planted directly on perlite substrate. The first bunch was left standing and immediately afterwards the plants doubled. Ultimately, the plant density is 3.52 stems per m2. The bunches are pruned to 5 fruits.