Department of Environment Protection, Warsaw University of Life Sciences
Abstract: Hardy kiwifruit (Actinidia arguta) is a relatively new crop, and new cultivars suitable for commercial production are still needed. This paper outlines the results of research on the morphological and biological features of ‘Bingo’, a new cultivar of hardy kiwifruit obtained in the breeding programme conducted at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS), Poland. The research was conducted in 2008 and 2009. ‘Bingo’ is a F1 hybrid between A. purpurea ‘Purpurna Sadova’ and A. arguta. Its fruit is dominated by the characteristics of A. arguta. The fruits of ‘Bingo’ are elliptical and laterally flattened, with an average weight of 8.1 g (max. 14.4 g). Ripe fruit have a smooth yellow-green skin with a strong rose-red blush. Fruiting potential (88.2 fruit/1 m of fruiting arm) is lower than that of ‘Ananasnaya’ but greater than that of ‘Jumbo’. Ripe fruit of ‘Bingo’ is rich in vitamin C, has pleasant sensory characteristics and good consumer acceptance. The plants can be successfully cultivated in central Poland’s climate.
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