Characteristics of Meringue Cucumber Variety
In the world there are quite a large number of different varieties of cucumbers. But, most often, people try to plant only those that do not possess, at the genetic level, bitterness. It is to these types of crops that the Meringue cucumber variety belongs. What are its positive aspects and the principle of cultivation?
Characteristics of Meringue Cucumber Variety
This species of cucumbers was bred in Holland. The manufacturing company is Monsanto. In early 2008, this species was added to the national registry of the Russian Federation. The main characteristic of the species suggests that it shows high levels of taste and commercial quality, regardless of climatic conditions.
Meringue F1 can be grown in any region of the country. But, one should take into account the fact that only soil with a high oxygen content is suitable, because the root system should develop in conditions of a good oxygen level.
Many people note the fact that these cucumbers are somewhat reminiscent of sweet meringues. They have a sweet taste and a very bright aroma. Cucumbers emerge relatively early. The growing season occurs in a month and a half. The fruits are harvested throughout the growing season. It is important to remember that seeds should not be used as planting material for next year. They will not have the same characteristics as the previous fruits.
Meringue cucumbers f1 have a rather high resistance to viruses and fungal diseases. They are not exposed to mosaic or powdery mildew. You can grow crops not only in greenhouses, but also in open ground.
Meringue cucumber f1 belongs to the paratocapic cultures that do not need bees for pollination. Plant growth is high and only female type. Bushes have an open type, and leaves have small parameters.
If you believe the description, then in one node can form up to 3 ovaries.
Description of the fetus
Fruits of this kind are cylindrical. They have small tubercles on their peels that are evenly spaced. The size of one fruit does not exceed the mark of 15 cm. There are white spikes. Do not undergo excessive growth, and do not turn yellow from sunlight.
Productivity is quite high. From one bush planted in open ground, farmers collect about 12 kg. But from greenhouse plants, the yield is higher and is 16 kg from one bush.
These fruits can be used in all spheres of human life. They are great for eating fresh or making salads. Children are very fond of these cucumbers for their sweet and pleasant taste. But the gherkins are used for preservation and pickles.
Advantages and disadvantages
Fruits can be consumed in any form.
If we consider the description of such cucumbers, then we can notice the following positive qualities of this variety:
- high level of ripeness;
- good yield characteristic;
- insect pollination is not required;
- can be used in all spheres of human life;
- not affected by disease;
- high rates of taste and quality;
- does not require special care.
The main disadvantage is the fact that it is required to use suitable soil. Otherwise, the yield is significantly reduced.
The best option is to grow using seedlings. It should be remembered that it is impossible to violate the root system, so experts recommend not to get seedlings from the greenhouse land, but to plant along with it. Seeds for growing should be bought only those whose price is much higher, because this is an indicator of quality and good yield.
Good seedling rates are achieved only at that moment, if you plant correctly. It’s best to do this in weed-free soil. Initially, it is required to rake up and only after that to make fertilizers and seedlings in it. For each plant should prepare a special compartment in the container. You also need to make sure that the seedlings for planting are provided with plenty of sunlight. This technology accelerates the process of seedling growth.
Landing should be carried out only in the evening and immediately pour warm water. If the soil for planting has a high concentration of acid, then fertilizers with lime or flour can be added to it. Meringue cucumbers f1 do not require abundant watering of seedlings before you plant it in the ground, because heavily watered soil loses its shape, which can significantly complicate planting.
Seeds should be buried in the ground to a depth of at least 3 cm. No more than 4 planting materials should be placed on 1 m2. A distance of 50 cm should be maintained between the rows. The same distance should be provided between the bushes.
Meringue cucumbers require standard care, which is the main thing. Firstly, it is important to properly loosen the soil, during which all weeds and stones should be removed. Secondly, do not forget about regular watering with warm water. It is best to water this variety of cucumbers every 3-4 days, and only after sunset. This will allow all moisture to linger inside the root system.
During the growing season, it is recommended to regularly feed the soil. For this, only mineral fertilizers should be used, which positively affect the general condition of the bush.
Diseases and Pests
This variety of cucumbers can easily tolerate all known diseases. His immune system allows him to behave steadily against fungal and viral infections. Even a cucumber mosaic of leaves cannot upset this variety.
For prevention, special chemicals are used that need to be applied both inside the roots and in the outer part of the cucumber bush. Chemicals are introduced inside the soil so that the pests cannot disturb the state of the root system. And external disinfection is carried out as a prophylaxis against viruses and insects.
This variety of cucumbers is ideal for those who have just started farming, because it does not require special care and is not exposed to diseases.
If you conduct the care procedures correctly, you can not worry about the quantity and quality of yield in the future.