Seminis Spinach leaves the others behind


If you were going to ask anyone what spinach you should grow, you’d ask Frank Ruffo - a stalwart of the Victorian vegetable industry, he was named 2012 Australian Vegetable Grower Of The Year.

"Superior leaf quality and unrivalled disease management."

This is what Mr Ruffo, says sets Seminis Spinach varieties apart from its competitors.

Mr Ruffo’s operation, Tripod Farmers, grows the full suite of lettuce leaf varieties – from full headed cos to watercress. He says the pick of the bunch is always the Seminis Spinach varieties, in particular Seminis Island.

"Because the leaves are so good and so consistent, my buyers from hospitality to wholesalers will not accept anything less, we’re all looking forward to the evolution of Seminis Spinach varieties in 2013." Said Mr Ruffo.

Seminis Island has evolved into the new SV2157VB variety. SV2157VB has greater resistance to Downy Mildew, resulting in superior yield potential. This stay green variety has the added appeal of a darkened leaf tone.

Monsanto Australia and New Zealand Technology Development Specialist , Chris Bone is excited about what the SV2157VB brings to market, noting that it offers growers increased reliability and is designed to have maximum appeal for consumers.

"Seminis Island has been a great product because the thickness of the leaf is so consistent however growers have simply come to expect this.

"SV2157VB offers these core qualities as well as enhanced resistance, yield potential, and a more attractive, darker leaf," Mr Bone said.

The SV2157VB variety has undergone two years of rigorous testing in all major Australian spinach growing regions – which have returned extremely positive results and yields.

"Thicker leaves, higher yields and better resistance. That’s Seminis." Frank Ruffo, Tripod Farmers.

For more information on SV2157VB, please contact Rachel Palumbo + 61 3 9522 7122.


About Seminis®.

Seminis® is the world’s largest developer, grower and marketer of vegetable seeds for open-field and unheated-protected crops. Seminis offers seed in broccoli, cabbage, carrot, leek, cauliflower, cucumber,

lettuce, sweet corn, tomato, pepper, onion and more. Seminis is focused on giving open-field and unheated protected seed growers the freedom to focus on their goals and real passions — the freedom to grow the very best crops, the freedom to grow their business and the freedom to build their futures. For more information about Seminis visit


About De Ruiter™

De Ruiter™ provides seed for glasshouse cultivation of tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers and eggplant, in addition to rootstock. De Ruiter is dedicated to giving our heated, protected-culture vegetable and rootstock growers the satisfaction of delivering the very best products to market with pride.

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About Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division.

Monsanto’s Vegetable Seeds Division is focused on innovation to improve the quality and productivity of vegetables. Monsanto invests in research and development and uses the latest technology not only to deliver the best products to the consumer, but also to provide yield and value to the customer, the grower, and to their customers, the chain partners. Monsanto's Vegetable Seeds Division is represented through seed brands Seminis and De Ruiter Seeds For more information about Monsanto Vegetable Seeds visit