POT TOMATOES - VARIETIES
For those few years that I could not weave the beds in time, the sleep spread so that even the phloxes that were unkillable, as it seemed to me, strangled. I lost the battle against weeds. But this is not a reason to abandon the cultivation of tomatoes! I continue to test new varieties, looking for my sweet and late-tolerant tomatoes.
In recent years, I have been planting determinant and superdeterminant varieties in pots and special bags with a volume of about 20 l, leaving a greenhouse for indians.
In sheltered soil it is easier to manage the beds: in the autumn I sow white mustard, it dampens the weeds. In the spring, without digging the ground, I just dig small holes and plant seedlings in them. Yes, part of the mustard seeds does not germinate in the fall and germinates in the spring. It grows a little - and I chop it with a shovel or cut it with scissors on a long stick. Although the easiest way to fill siderat with a thick layer of mowed grass. Through the mulch he can’t break through.
IMPORTANT. You can grow tomatoes in containers, pots or bags even on the balcony. However, this method is only suitable for those who have the ability to constantly be near their plants. A small amount of land dries faster than the land in the garden. Therefore, my bags are next to the barrels of water.
TOMATO VARIETIES FOR GROWING IN POTS AND CONTAINERS
IN CONTAINERS low small-fruited varieties grow well. If desired, they can be grown on the windowsill. Cherry Venus, Pinocchio and Balcony Yellow some of the most beautiful and early tomatoes. Plants are low, about 30 cm, do not require formation and garter.
Tomatoes Venus and Balcony Yellow is a sweet decoration for the window. They are very similar both in the shape of the bush and in the type of fruit, except that they differ in the shade of the skin (Venus is slightly lighter). Thin-skinned, sweet, juicy and tasty, we ate them both fresh and in salads, and even left for a roll! I grow them in 3-liter pots, and at the end of the season I bring several bushes into the house. They bear fruit almost until the New Year and do not suffer from late blight or other diseases.
From the end of May, tomatoes begin to ripen on my other favorite tomato, Pinocchio tomato. Unpretentious, beautiful, only 20-35 cm high, as they say, it does not require support and pinching of stepsons. But every year I have to lay supports under heavy bunches so that they do not lie on the ground. Tomatoes taste like cherries.
And with a tomato Geranium kiss I did an experiment. One bush planted in the open ground, and the other in a pot. And he grew up with me, like an ampel plant, in a greenhouse. Awesome variety! In the brush - from 50 to 100 bright orange fruits with the shape and size of a walnut, only with a sharp, pricking nose.
I did not form or tie up plants, I only watered through plastic bottles dug close to the root, sprinkled with ash and mulched grass and nettles. She didn’t remove stepsons, she cut only excess foliage, especially near the ground. Tomatoes really liked us and the children: sweet, dessert taste, with a thick skin. Seeds in the fruits are few and very small. In the open ground, in early August, the tomato mowed late blight, and in the pot it fructified until mid-September.
Another tomato that I grew both in the greenhouse and in the ampel culture of F1 Lyubasha. He is very early! In the greenhouse, the brushes with fruits quickly laid the bush on the path, and I could not lift them without breaking. However, in July, the crop was completely removed, and the place in the greenhouse was vacated. The next year I planted this tomato in a large pot. At first she kept him in the greenhouse, then transferred him to the street. And anyway Lubasha turned out to be the earliest! But I drove her into several trunks (without pinching).
In the open air, the bush fructified in a pot for a long time, until August, then I transferred it to the greenhouse, and until October we ate tomatoes. The plants were not ill with late blight (but for prevention, I still sprayed them with biofungicide several times during the season). Definitely a chic variety for open ground! Tomatoes are tasty, do not crack when ripe, vertex rot and late blight do not get sick. What else is needed for happiness?
Tomato Nizhny Novgorod Kudyablik I was first hooked by its name. What is a cookie? Nevertheless, I am inclined to believe that this tomato got a name for its excellent taste ... even if it doesn’t look like the taste of real cookies - fried pies from crispy pastry with chicken. These can now be enjoyed in Nizhny Novgorod - they are similar in shape to chebureks, only smaller in size.
I grew this tomato in a bag. At the end of the season, I can say that this is a suitable variety for beginner gardeners and lazy summer residents. It is unpretentious, the plants are standard, compact, about 40 cm high, do not require garter and pinching. The fruits are sweet, like sweets, orange balls weighing 20-50 g. The skin is thick, but the tomatoes do not crack on the bushes and in the blanks. During the season in the open field manages to completely give back the crop. So it can be advised to grow those who do not have time to garden, or instruct the children to grow. They will be interested to enjoy the results of their work!
Many years ago I planted a tomato Japanese dwarf under the black film. Good!
Early, disease resistant, stepson only once per season. I removed (and delete) all stepsons to the first flowering brush, as well as the shoots growing from underground - and that’s it! Our plants did not hurt, lying on the film until the cold, and every day we collected a bowl of plump tomatoes weighing 30-70 g. But then ... then I lost the seeds, and I managed to get them only recently.
The current Japanese dwarf in pots has grown small, 30-40 cm high. In the greenhouse, it is higher, up to 60 cm. The variety is put up with a small area of nutrition and low light. That is, it can be planted more often, grown in the room and on the balcony. The bushes need support! We took the first wave of the crop by mid-July, but he bore fruit all summer. And for the winter it is quite possible to root one of the stepsons - for the winter harvest.
Another premature and cold-resistant variety for open ground and cultivation in pots is the Red-Cheeked Prince. The standard plant, 25-30 cm high, does not require a garter. The fruits are round, red, very sweet, fruitful, with a great taste and aroma of real ground tomatoes. Every year I grow this variety in a pot, and the crop is enough even for canning. But I put support for him, since from a large number of fruits the bush falls.
One of my favorites was a tomato Cheerful gnome - fantastically fruitful and beautiful, with bright red, sausage-like fruits up to 12 cm long and weighing up to 100 g. The plant is low, up to 50 cm, but he needs a big pot, not less than 30 cm in diameter. Tomatoes ripen early. Sweet, juicy, thick-walled, they do not crack and are well stored. There are very few seeds, so these tomatoes are ideal for salads, preparations and drying! And they can be stuffed.
Cheerful gnome does not need to stepchild and feed. In the summer, I kept pots on the street, and in the fall I transferred one to the greenhouse, and set the other on the window in the house. In the greenhouse, the tomatoes grew larger (although I watered it more often). I pulled it out only at the end of October, he never got sick. And we finished the last tomatoes in November. And indoor fruiting, until we left for the city. They did not dare to take it with themselves: a large pot is uncomfortable in the apartment.
In general, a lot of tomato gnomes have passed through my hands over the years.. Iditarod red (Iditator red), Watered with lime (Lime green salad), Window gnome (Window dwarf), Yellow gnome of a Session (Sean's yellow dwarf). All are good! And the year before last, I landed in bags new for me Purple heart and Pink passion - and they didn’t let us down either! In the open ground, they quickly formed a crop and fructified until the cold without getting sick. Tomatoes were very tasty! The next year I planted them in a greenhouse. The plants turned out to be higher than in the open ground, and gave a lot of stepsons. I even had to stepchild them (although they are usually not stepsoned).
And here is the tomato Sausage green I did not sow this year, despite its insane productivity. Its peel is thick, so this is only on the workpiece. We, however, do not need so much. The bushes are creeping, they are very fond of slugs and caterpillars, and foliage quickly becomes ill with late blight ... In a word, there are varieties and better.
Usually I sow gnome and potato tomatoes at the end of February, they still do not stretch, and indices at the beginning of March. I plant them in the greenhouse in early May. I add a handful of ash to the hole on the one hand, on the other - 1 tbsp. a spoonful of superphosphate and several granules of long-acting fertilizer intended for vegetable crops. I read that mixing ash and superphosphate is not necessary, so I bring them to different places in the hole.
IMPORTANT. For growing in containers, tomatoes for seedlings can be sown earlier. Low-growing varieties do not stretch as much as indeterminate. However, I still highlight them in February and March.
I plant seedlings in pots and bags at the end of April. In the spring I fill the tanks with soil only 1/2. So it’s easier to carry them, and there is a place to put soil with fertilizer in the future. Moreover, I fill it in layers: pour drainage to the bottom, and on top of the soil, to which I add vermiculite, ash, bone meal and long-acting fertilizer. Be sure to add granules that hold water: in the sun, water from pots and bags evaporates very quickly, and you have to water them more often.
Until the danger of frost passes, I keep containers with tomatoes in the greenhouse, while there is still a lot of space. For each bag, for each pot, I hang a tag with the name of the variety and a hint: "stepson, don't stepchild". But regardless of this, in the summer I cut off the lower leaves of all tomatoes.
In order to preserve moisture, the soil surface in containers must be mulched in summer with mowed and dried grass. Mulch very quickly turns into humus, and at the same time, a crust does not form on the surface of the earth. I water the tomatoes only with standing water at room temperature as necessary (when the top layer dries). Plant nutrition in the sense of how it is accepted is not. In the summer, I regularly “salt” the tomatoes themselves and the ground under them with ash and mulch them. In the holes, I recall, there is a long-playing fertilizer, and in greenhouses I always grow green manure. If under such conditions the tomatoes are also fed, then the sea will be green, and the fruiting will move.
GROWING TOMATOES IN POTS - TIPS AND REVIEWS OF GARDENERS
I grow tomatoes in flower pots all year round.
Likes of varieties: Red balcony solo F1, Balcony duet (yellow and red), Balcony miracle, Bonsai, Gavrosh.
I fill the half-liter plastic cups with soil mixed in half with humus, pour with boiling water. When the earth becomes pleasantly warm, I sow germinated seeds in it one at a time. Tighten the film. When the shoots appear, I take off the shelter and transfer the glasses with tomatoes to the windowsill. For watering, I stick the tip of a children's syringe between the soil and the wall of the cup, pour up to 70 ml of water under each plant. Due to this, the soil is not washed away and remains loose. At the age of three weeks I feed tomatoes with a complex mineral fertilizer for seedlings.
4 weeks after emergence of shoots at the bottom of three-liter pots, I lay the walnut shell with a layer of 2 cm. I pour a mixture of peat, sand, humus and sod land on top. Transplant seedlings, deepening to the middle of the stem.
Every 10 days I feed indoor tomatoes with one of the fertilizers:
- I dust the earth with wood ash;
- watering with diluted mullein (1:10);
- I spray with complex mineral fertilizer, diluted according to the instructions.
Three months after the emergence of seedlings, I begin to pamper my home with delicious tomatoes. From each bush I collect 2-2 kg of fruits.
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