|Salanova lettuce varieties on the Rijk Zwaan demonstration field.|
|Tomato plants at the Rijk Zwaan demonstration greenhouse: grown hydroponically, with two stems grafted onto one rootstock, they are trained on wires until they are 9-10 m long, over an 11 month period.|
|Freshly picked samples of each variety are displayed for easy comparison.|
|The Rijk Zwaan demonstration field at Fijnaart: how field trials should look.|
We then travelled further south, to the Rijk Zwaan centre at Fijnaart, where the laboratories are situated and all work on breeding leaf and field crops is done. After a tour of the lab facilities, which would put those of most universities to shame, we moved out onto the demonstration field where the various crop varieties are grown for evaluation and consideration by potential customers. Immaculate and astonishing in the diversity of varieties of e.g. lettuce and spinach being grown, it was also a beautiful sight.
|The rather spooky effect of lettuce isolation bags, preventing undesirable pollination.|
|A new crisped red Salanova lettuce.|
|Red Cabbage Rexoma RZ F1: it's difficult to imagine a more ornamental foliage plant.|