Excellent affinity for cucumber, melon, watermelon. Promises high production.
Strongly resistant to Fusarium. Plant is vigorous, tolerant to both heat and cold. The roots grow well when cold. This variety shows regular growth and good quality fruit setting under intensive cultivation.
The interspecific hybrid developed from a cross between C. maxima cv. Rimu and C. moschata cv. Rifu, “Shintosa,” is a popular rootstock for different cucurbits, especially preferred in watermelon grafting for its Fusarium wilt resistance, cold tolerance, and the ability to increase fruit weight, fruit quality, and plant vigor (Davis et al., 2008). C. maxima, in general, has better fruit flavor and texture than C. moschata but is not as resistant as C. moschata to diseases and abiotic stresses. Interest in interspecific crossing between C. maxima and C. moschata has centered on transferring high-quality flesh traits from C. maxima to C. moschata and on introducing resistance traits from C. moschata (Whitaker and Robinson, 1986).
Interspecific hybrid rootstock compatible with cucumber, watermelon and oriental melon. When growing for edible usage of self-fruits, need to plant pollinator variety together. Adapted to wide range of climatic conditions. Tolerance to Fusarium disease and nematode.
Variety SHINTOSA TETSUKABUTO
Species and Growth habit C, maxima X C. moschata Vine
Maturity (Days from sowing) 110~130
Fruit Color Dark Green
Flesh Color Yellow
Length 12~14 (cm)
Weight 1500~2000 (gram)