TOMATO MONGOLIAN Dwarf - PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF GROWING AND MY REVIEWS
HOW I PLAYED IN A MONGOLIAN Dwarf
About the merits of this variety of tomatoes have not heard already, probably only lazy. But for some reason they rarely talk about its features. But this is no less interesting topic!
In 2015, I first read about Mongolian dwarf tomatoes, and I really wanted to plant them. I was looking for seeds for two years. Finally I bought it, planted it. And the opening began! Given the low height of the grown seedlings, I decided to plant them in the first row near the glass walls in the greenhouse, and in the second row - tall tomatoes. Conceived - done. But soon it was discovered that when planting, I ... mixed up the plants, and my "dwarfs" were in the second row, ie. in the shade of tall tomatoes! But I was even more surprised when I saw that the "dwarfs" had found a way out: they directed their stems to the glass directly under the branches of the first row of tomatoes!
This is how my oversight helped to better understand the nature of the new strain. At the same time, he was convinced that staggered planting is not suitable for him: this variety needs to be planted only in one line at a distance of 70-80 cm from each other, since the stepsons growing and creeping on the ground need a lot of space. At the same time, I added a handful of humus and ash and a teaspoon of superphosphate to each hole, everything is good
In an attempt to save the first fruits from slugs, I put them on plastic trays, watered it, placed the seedlings, sprinkled the roots and part of the stems with earth and moistened them again. I planted the Mongolian dwarf in the open ground, having done this in early June, having installed a "folding bed" over the plants - a micro greenhouse.
All the recommendations on the profile sites indicate that watering the Mongolian dwarf should be done only after the topsoil has dried, and immediately after that it is necessary to loosen the ground between the bushes. In my opinion, these are all common words.
One gets the impression that the "experts" are copying each other's text without seeing with their own eyes the living "dwarfs".
After all, the branches of the bushes are so closely spaced on the ground that it is impossible to crawl under them with any tool. Even mulch has to be literally shoved under them, lifting the whips with your hands. What kind of loosening can we talk about then? And how can you accurately determine the degree of soil moisture in such layers? I had to rely on my common sense. He also did not indulge in food for the "dwarfs": he fed them, like all other varieties. The first feeding (infusion of cut grass with the addition of mullein) was made two to three weeks after planting the seedlings, the second (with ash solution: 200 g per 10 l) - when the fruits ripen. Well, a couple more times I sprayed the bushes with a boron solution during the flowering period and treated them three times during the summer microbes according to A.P. Bessarab's recipe.
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Dwarf Mongolian BUT CHARACTER - NORDIC
Now about the general impression of the variety: The Mongolian dwarf differs sharply from all its counterparts. Adult bushes are low (only 15-25 cm high), but wide. The main stems branch very strongly, and many stepchildren are formed on them, which, according to tradition, immediately want to be removed.
However, this should not be done! It is on them that the bulk of the fruit is formed.
I'll tell you more about this a little later. In the meantime, I will note that in general, any attempts to "cultivate" the planting, thinning the crowns, lead nowhere. The fact is that the branches, stems and stepsons are very tough, as if creating a single rigid frame that protects even small processes. The bushes seem to say: "At least uproot us, but we won't give you anything to break off."
And one more feature of the "dwarfs", which cannot be kept silent. All varieties bloom, are decorated with fruits, show themselves in all their glory, and these unique ones stand as green mounds without signs of fruiting, only rare flowers can be seen here and there. The greater the joy is when, when trying to weed the grass, you slightly lift the branches, and you find there placers of large fruits: already ripe and still green. By the way, weeds under the "dwarfs" practically do not grow because of the continuous shadow from their crowns.
Next observation. I usually plant tomatoes in the holes until the first leaves, and then, as I grow, I cut off the lower foliage and huddle. I did the same with the Mongolian dwarf at first. However, he did not have leaves "for tearing away" - powerful stepsons immediately went, some of whom were covered with soil when loosening the earth. And these stepsons turned out to be real bushes with an abundance of fruits!
But I noticed this only in late autumn, when I cut out the dried bushes. And I regretted that I had not noticed earlier, otherwise I would have poured earth right into the center of the bushes, and I would have got a kind of Octopus, only horizontal. So it makes sense to experiment with this variety. Moreover, his fruits grow quite large (sometimes they reach a weight of 300 g), especially in the initial period.
True, when I planted the harvested seeds the next year, a re-grading appeared under the name of the Mongolian dwarf, another, tall variety grew, and the "dwarfs" themselves disappeared. Apparently, they hid because of insufficient attention to them, they were offended. This is how I was left without a "dwarf" seed.
But last year a single "dwarf" bush sprouted unexpectedly. By a fatal accident, he got the darkest place in the greenhouse - for onions and tall tomatoes. Moreover, when pinching the plantings, I mistakenly removed several branches from him.
This is probably why it had significantly less foliage, but it helped me better monitor ripening fruits. From one of them I took the seeds. And this season I will try to avoid any missteps!
So my experiments with the Mongolian dwarf are reaching a new level.
Baked tomatoes with cheese
Cut 600-800 g of tomatoes into round slices and overlap in a mold. Salt to taste. Finely chop 1 bunch of parsley, grate 100-150 g of cheese on a coarse grater. To stir thoroughly. Add 3 minced garlic cloves. Stir again and sprinkle with breadcrumbs (3 tablespoons). Put the resulting dressing on the tomatoes. Place the dish in the oven. Cook for 30 minutes at 200 °.
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© Author: Boris Ivanovich PUSTOVALOV. Moscow
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