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Basil 2021

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NFT Product description

NFT Product description Hydroponic growing techniques or NFT (nutrient film techniques) cover a broad range of different growing systems that have important advantages in common: • Use of less fertiliser and water during production compared to classical cultivation systems. • Reduction of pesticides and fungicides, resulting in a fresh, tasty and healthy product. • Consistent quality all year round, as live plants are sold with roots to extend the shelf life of the product. Enza Zaden is looking closely at these systems and is active in the development of basil varieties that are ideally suited to these innovative cultivation methods. We are working intensively with our customers and together we have selected herb varieties that are suitable for both hydroponic production and vertical farming. By doing so, we want to ensure that the growers always have the best varieties for their production to satisfy customer demands. To learn more about our suitable herb varieties for NFT production or even salads, please contact your local contact person or check out our hydroponic brochure on our website. Annual, height 20-40 cm Sowing: From mid May outdoor or under protected cultivation the whole year round. Sensitive to frost, Light germinator, tender. Seed amount: Direct sowing 50 g/100 m², in seedbed 3 g/1.000 plants, pot growing 20 g/1.000 pots. Cultivation open field: Spacing for pots 20-25x25 cm; outdoor growing in rows 20 cm apart and 30-40 cm between the rows. Basil is quite tender and susceptible to smothering through weeds. To ensure a good harvest therefore it is recommended to use plastic sheeting as a mulch. Also Acryl-webbing for cold protection is advisable. Planting out young plants is an advantage and gives a better start to the crop Cultivation Pot and NFT: Cultivation in Pots and NFT is possible all year round. Leaves mut be kept as dry as possible to prevent DM infections. Harvesting: For the fresh market cut the young shoots into bundles. For industrial use the first cut should be done when flowering begins. The cut should not be too low (ca. 10 cm) to encourage a second growth. Basil is very sensitive to pressure and should be carefully dried at a temperature of 40°C immediately after harvest. 6 | Enza Zaden Enza Zaden | 7

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