A variety must be new, distinct, uniform and stable
NEW – it has not been commercialized for more than one year in the country of protection
DISTINCT – it differs from all other known varieties by one or more important botanical characteristics, such as height, maturity, color, etc.
UNIFORM – the plant characteristics are consistent from plant to plant within the variety
STABLE – the plant characteristics are genetically fixed and therefore remain the same from generation to generation, or after a cycle of reproduction in the case of hybrid varieties