What do you like about De Ruiter’s new large truss variety, Complice? Why were you attracted to this variety?
I was attracted to Complice because of its excellent disease resistance package. Considering we grow in one of the densest horticulture regions in Australia, Complice’s TSWV resistance was a drawcard. We’ve had zero incidents of TSWV where thrips have always been a huge problem in this region and no Powdery Mildew (both strains) or any other virus which is astounding. For as long as I’ve been growing, I can’t recall a season where we have finished up with nearly 100 percent of the planted numbers!
De Ruiter’s new large truss varieties are heading in the right direction in terms of disease resistance.
How easy is Complice to grow? Is it an easy variety to manage? Do you have any tips or advice in terms of optimising Complice?
Complice, in my experience has been a very easy variety to grow. I’ve always had full control of the crop, it seems to naturally stay in balance even in adverse climate situations – Complice seems to enjoy the heat as well. The plant suffered very little stress, if any and NO fruit set issues in the extreme heat. We picked record numbers in March when the market was suffering a shortage due to high heat conditions throughout the country. Believe me, Complice is a good variety!
Complice is a tad on the small side so be mindful of your density if your greenhouse is old and dark - don’t overcrowd it. Work to around 2.4 to 3 plants per square meter maximum, otherwise expect small fruit around 130g. Complice’s truss is very similar to Merlice, jointless and has a long reach so a pre-morning cool is necessary. Always monitor truss length and at some stage truss support will be required. We used truss support throughout the duration of the crop due to the density we started with (3.5 plants per square meter). Overall the fruit has excellent uniformity, nice red colour and surprisingly great shelf-life.
What problem has Complice solved for you?
Complice’s resistance to virus is a huge benefit. It allows you go ahead with growing rather than worrying about disease protection and potential yield loss. You still need to control white fly and thrips but it’s not an emergency, good preventative measures should always be taken.
Consumer traits have been positive trading with some of the smaller wholesale stores for the first time the feedback from their customers is they are happy. Uniform fruit, good shelf life and good taste. Although we have always had confidence in the produce, sometimes dealing with the consumer is probably the best indication of where you are.
What do you like most about De Ruiter and De Ruiter varieties?
De Ruiter have always been leaders in the tomato seed industry. With the new 1000 series, it’s an exciting time to be a De Ruiter grower!
Peter spoke with De Ruiter about his experience growing Complice in April 2019. Successful farming requires a high degree of skill. The performance of seed and crops are greatly impacted by numerous factors and conditions including, among other things, environmental conditions, such as sunlight, moisture, temperature, and soil composition; adverse weather conditions, such as drought, excessive rainfall, high wind; pests, diseases, and individual farming practices. The purchaser and/or user of this seed assumes all risks that these factors and conditions will adversely impact the performance of the seed and crop produced from the seed.