SECRETS OF GROWING CHERRY IN POT AND OVERVIEW OF VARIETIES FOR THIS
Cherry - the most early-ripening tomato varieties. Sown on + seedlings in mid-March and planted in a greenhouse in early May, in July they are already strewn with ripe fruits. But there is a more rational way of growing - in open-air containers.
Who does not know cherry tomatoes, or, as they are also called for the sweet berry taste of miniature fruits, cherries? They are beautiful both on the bush and on the table. Many varieties and hybrids delight with multi-colored fruits - red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, almost black, and their shape varies from balls and ovals to light bulbs and droplets.
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Cherry tomatoes are distinguished by large tall (2 m or more) plants with a powerful root system, which form many stepchildren. In the greenhouse, they have to allocate more space, but we have mastered a different way. We don’t grow a lot of seedlings - 1-2 plants of the desired variety, which we then propagate by stepchildren.
We sow cherry tomatoes at the same time as ordinary tomatoes. The optimal age of seedlings is 40-45 days after germination. We plant it in a permanent place when the soil warms up to 15 °. Plants successfully take root, begin to grow and branch. With a height of stepsons of about 12 cm, they can be cut off and immediately planted in pots. They very quickly give roots and develop as if nothing had happened.
When the earthen ball in the pot is completely braided with the roots of the stepson, we transplant it into container or grow bag, The best volume is about 10 liters, with obligatory drainage.
We put the plants on the path in the greenhouse until the threat of frost has completely passed in the open field (we have this in the first decade of June). Then we choose a sunny, wind-protected place, dig a hole, immerse the container in it up to the shoulders and cover it with earth. Do not forget to insert a stake, to which we immediately tie a bush. By this time, it already has at least 2 brushes with ovaries.
In open ground, you can grow not only cherry tomatoes, but also any other tall tomatoes, with them only a little more trouble. In plants from stepchildren, the brushes begin to be laid much earlier, so we can get a crop at the same time both in the greenhouse and in the open field. By the way, in the open field there are never problems with fruit set.
Reference by topic: Cherry tomatoes in barrels - my reviews about growing
FIRST WE WILL DRINK, THEN WE FEED
Cherries are little affected by diseases, because due to the strong root system, the plants are more resilient. If hybrids are genetically resistant to major ailments, they do not have to be processed and watered less often. That is why we buried the container in the ground - so the soil dries much more slowly.
Tomatoes begin to be fed when the fruits are poured on 2-3 brushes, using a complex fertilizer for greenhouses with microelements. Under each plant - 1 liter of solution. The sequence is as follows: first you need to water the bushes with clean water, and then add a nutrient solution.
In order for all the fruits on the brushes to ripen, the plants need to be formed in time, stepchild and remove old leaves.
We always form cherry in 2 stalks. Due to this, the yield increases significantly.
TESTING NEW CHERRY VARIETIES
The most important thing is to have good, productive varieties with tasty fruits. Every year we try new products, most often they surpass their predecessors in a number of ways. We started with red cherries and yellow cherries - now it's already yesterday. Then there were Dessert and Sakura. Last year, 5 early-ripening hybrids with unlimited growth were evaluated, which are harvested by brushes and by the piece.
F1 Pug. It has a flat compact raceme with 16-18 tasty bright red glossy fruits without a spot, weighing about 40 g. Tomatoes do not crack. Plants are resistant to tomato mosaic virus, verticillium, fusarium, cladosporiosis and nematode.
F1 Trebus. It sets fruits well even under adverse conditions. Brushes aligned, beautiful. Tomatoes are sweet, with a rich taste, red, round, weighing 25-30 g, resistant to cracking, well stored. The plant is powerful, compact, fruitful, with short internodes.
F1 Bon Bon. A hardy, productive hybrid. In the brush 20-30 rounded bright red sweet fruits weighing 18-25 g each.
F1 Bohemia. Produces unbranched racemes with 20-30 plum-shaped red tasty fruits weighing about 10 g with a shiny skin. The hybrid is resistant to tomato mosaic virus, verticillium, fusarium, cladosporiosis and nematode.
F1 Santiago. The hybrid is also productive. The brush is simple, compact, with 20-30 plum-shaped bright red fruits with a shiny skin, weighing 15-25 g each.
Cherry tomatoes have more dry matter than regular tomatoes: 8-15% versus 4-6%. This means that they are 2-2,5 times more nutritious. In addition, it is a storehouse of minerals and vitamins, especially ascorbic acid. They are also rich in lycopene - the substance responsible for the bright red color, and in combination - a strong natural antioxidant that prevents the oncology of the intestines, stomach and esophagus. And the serotonin contained in cherry gives vivacity and uplifts the mood.
Cherry tomato plants are decorative and can decorate any corner of the estate if planted near an arch or high support. The bush grows quickly and continuously, forming long beautiful clusters of fruits hanging down like multi-colored grapes.
Reference by topic: Varieties of cherry tomatoes + description and my reviews
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© Author: E. TSELYUTINA, chairman of the club "Academy in the beds", Angarsk
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