In a time when many trade fairs and events in the horticulture sector are being cancelled, breeding company Evanthia is once again focusing on a personal approach and sharing knowledge. With well-prepared and extensive variety trials, the Westland-based company involves growers and traders in the latest developments in breeding for various large product groups.
Evanthia closed the 2020 season with a major Brassica trial in Gameren. Now, the preparations for the Antirrhinum (Snapdragon) trial are in full swing. Evanthia supplies starting material to growers worldwide for a seamless, year-round Antirrhinum range. "Our Antirrhinum series can be divided into 4 groups. Each group has the right characteristics to offer top quality and high production levels in a specific period of the year," explains Peter van Noort (Manager Genetics of Evanthia).
"All varieties are included in the trial, which is held both in greenhouses and outdoors. All planted on the same date, a clear picture emerges of early and late varieties. The trial can be followed over a longer period."
Evanthia is working together with professional growers to organise the trial and to be able to give the most realistic picture possible. Evanthia will not yet reveal the final organisational details of the trial. This depends on the COVID-19 situation around late spring, when the trial is flowering. "Whether it will be one big event, one-on-one appointments for a personal trial walk-through, recordings with drones... one thing is certain: the Snapdragons will come into flower and we will support our growers as much as possible!", says Van Noort. Read more in Evanthia’s monthly newsletter.