Denomination: 'Healey'
Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum
Applicant/Holder: Enza Zaden Beheer B.V.
Haling 1E
1602 DB Enkhuizen
Breeder: Wouter Lindeman, Enza Zaden Beheer B.V., Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2010-10-06
Application Number: 11-7364
Grant of Rights Date: 2016-03-04
Certificate Number: 5210
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2036-03-04

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Viper'

Summary: The leaf, including the petiole, of 'Healey' is longer than that of 'Viper'. The glossiness of the upper side of the leaf of 'Healey' is weak to medium whereas it is medium to strong for 'Viper'. The fruit of 'Healey' is longer than that of 'Viper'.


SEEDLING: no anthocyanin colouration of hypocotyl

PLANT: upright growth habit, tall to very tall
STEM: long to very long, no shortened internode on upper part, long to very long internodes on primary side shoots
NODE: weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration, weak hairiness

LEAF: dark to very dark green on upper side, lanceolate and ovate shape, weak undulation of margin, weak blistering, moderately concave to flat in cross-section, weak to medium glossiness on upper side

FLOWER: early flowering, drooping peduncle, anthocyanin colouration present in anther

FRUIT (BEFORE FIRST COLOUR CHANGE): medium to dark green, no anthocyanin colouration
FRUIT (AFTER FIRST COLOUR CHANGE): matures early, drooping attitude, medium length/diameter ratio, square in longitudinal section, circular in cross-section, weak sinuation of pericarp at basal part of pericarp, weak sinuation of pericarp excluding basal part, smooth or very slightly wrinkled surface texture, medium to dark red, medium to strong glossiness, shallow stalk cavity, moderately depressed apex, shallow interloculary grooves, equally three and four locules, medium thickness of flesh, medium thickness of stalk, non-enveloping calyx, no capsaicin in placenta

DISEASE REACTIONS: resistant to Tobamovirus-pathotypes 0 and 1-2, susceptible to Tobamovirus-pathotype 1-2-3 and Potato Virus Y-pathotype 0

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Healey' originated from a controlled cross conducted between two unnamed proprietary seedlings, the female parent 'OP900' and the male parent 'OP1745', at Enza Zaden Seed Operations B.V. in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands in August 2008. The resulting seeds were germinated and evaluated for performance. 'Healey' was selected from this seedling population in 2009. The selection criteria and objectives of the breeding program were to develop new sweet pepper varieties that produce large, colourful and disease-resistant fruit.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trial for 'Healey' was conducted in a commercial production greenhouse at Diciocco Farms in Leamington, Ontario. Using a nutrient film technique system, plants were transplanted in January 2015 onto rock wool substrate. As the plants developed, they were pruned to 2 producing stems, each tied to a string. A minimum of 30 plants of each variety were grown in two adjacent 8 metre rows, with 0.75 metre spacing between rows and 0.3 metres between plants. Observations and measurements were taken from 20 plants of each variety on April 23, 2015. Mean differences were significant at the 5% probability level based on a paired Student's t-test.

Comparison tables for 'Healey' with reference variety 'Viper'

Leaf length, including petiole (cm)

  'Healey' 'Viper'
mean 38.83 33.80
std. deviation 2.40 2.81

Fruit length (cm)

  'Healey' 'Viper'
mean 9.73 8.03
std. deviation 0.60 0.70

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Pepper: 'Healey' (left) with reference variety 'Viper' (right)

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Pepper: 'Healey' (left) with reference variety 'Viper' (right)

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