The plant patent is registered with the initials EU46451, while the name of the variety is Meris. It is a new green kiwi that Dal Pane Vivai is about to launch on the market. From September on, you can experience the new variety on-site by visiting the companies that have already planted it on their farms some years ago, for a total of 50 hectares invested.
Giampaolo Dal Pane
"Here in Cisterna di Latina - explained Giampaolo Dal Pane - the results are very promising. Meris is better than Hayward, with a slightly elongated shape as required for the kiwi, a more intense green flesh colour, with less waste because it produces fewer flat fruits."
According to the tests performed so far, Meris is larger in size and this allows a higher gross saleable production per hectare.
"The photos shown here are a preview - added Dal Pane - as this plant has just entered into full production. I am convinced that it is an excellent alternative to the Hayward. The breeder is from Isola della Scala, in the province of Verona, and the rights have been yielded by Meris Plant srl."
Meris has an oblong shape and produces much less triplets. "We tested it in Latina because Hayward has high percentages of generating flats and triples, sometimes even more than 20%. Meris, on the other hand, did not present this problem.
"We are producing scion plants, because we believe that the scion has more tolerance to decay and we will have several rootstocks. We have plants in France, Spain and, from this year, we will also have them in Portugal, as well as in Italy, of course."