Characteristics of tomato varieties Strawberry Tree
Currently, scientists are breeding different types of tomatoes. They try to improve not only the taste of the fruit, but also adapt their cultivation to adverse conditions. They also try to give the plants an aesthetic appearance. Tomato Strawberry tree was the result of the fruitful work of Siberian scientists in this direction.
Characteristics of tomato varieties Strawberry Tree
This variety was bred from several other species recently - in 2013. He received the name for the fruits, which in their form resemble strawberries. And also for the type of plant itself - it looks like a tree. Mostly grown in a greenhouse, although planting is possible on open ground. Due to the beautiful appearance of plants, bushes are used for decorative purposes - they decorate greenhouses.
The tomato variety Strawberry tree from the agricultural company Siberian Garden is considered mid-early, because the ripening of the crop occurs somewhere in the interval between 110 and 115 days. According to the description, the bushes are tall - they reach a height of two meters. Each forms up to 6 brushes, on which 7-8 fruits of bright red color are tied. Their mass ranges from 200 to 250 g. The vegetable has 4-6 chambers. The taste is pleasant.
Salads are prepared from a tomato of this variety; various kinds of preservation can be made. Due to their large size, they cannot be preserved whole. From the fruit you get delicious juice and pasta.
Advantages and disadvantages
Among the positive characteristics of tomato Strawberry tree can be identified:
- bushes tolerate temperature extremes;
- high productivity - from 1 sq.m. with proper care and top dressing, you can collect up to 12 kg of fruits;
- culture resistant to diseases such as verticillin wilt and tobacco mosaic virus;
- if you pluck tomatoes unripe, they quickly ripen, so they are easy to transport;
- unpretentious to the place of planting - can grow on not very fertile soil, even sandy;
- aesthetic appearance - the variety was bred as a decorative one;
- high quality of fruits, thanks to which it is on a par with the best hybrids.
The vegetable does not have special drawbacks, but the fact that the Strawberry tree does not tolerate dry weather can be attributed to them. Due to its high height, the bush needs a mandatory garter.
Planting Strawberry Tree tomatoes can be started from sowing purchased seeds. Harvesting them yourself is not worth it, since it is a hybrid variety. Landing is also carried out by the seedling method.
Before sowing seeds, it is worth checking for their suitability. To remove unsuitable, you can soak them in salt water. Then the "good" will remain at the bottom, and the "bad" will emerge. Then it is worth soaking the seeds in a solution of potassium permanganate to carry out disinfection. If there is confidence in the quality of the seeds, you can not do this procedure. Then the seeds are placed on a damp cloth for 3-4 days. It is worth making sure that it does not dry. When the seeds germinate, they are sown in shallow pots. If the seedlings let out 2-3 leaves, it can be transplanted into deeper vessels so that the root system is well formed. From sowing the seed to planting in a permanent place takes 1-2 months. Seedlings must be hardened.
Planting in the greenhouse is carried out in early May. The soil before this must be loosened and drained. It is desirable to plant loosely: per 1 sq.m. - 3 bushes. If planted in open ground, then it should first be mulched. This will prevent overheating and the spread of diseases in the future. Then make feeding. Landing is done on May 15-20, by this time the earth should warm up well.
Proper care will ensure a good harvest.
Like any tomato variety, the Strawberry Tree needs proper care.
Tomatoes are very important in a timely manner and enough to water. Yield depends on how strictly this item is implemented. In greenhouses, watering is carried out every 3-5 days. In open areas, it all depends on the weather - you can every day or every 3-5 days. But we must carefully monitor that there is not much moisture. This can affect the quality of the fruit - it will become watery and acidic.
Once a week, it is worth inspecting the bushes and removing the lateral growths. They take on a lot of nutrients and moisture, and there will be no tomato on them. Therefore, stepsons must be disposed of throughout the entire growth period, otherwise the fruits will be much smaller. And also it is necessary to remove diseased leaves, because the spread of the disease is prevented. We leave the greens, thanks to them, the culture eats. You can only tear off the leaves under the brushes, if the fruits are almost ripe. Remove no more than three at once.
Organic foods such as wood ash and eggshells are great for feeding.
Ashes in the amount of 300-500 g are poured 10 liters of water, but the shell is used crushed. If the choice fell on minerals, then superphosphate, which is introduced during the flowering and fruiting period, will provide good productivity. For 10 liters of water give 3 tbsp. l facilities. It is especially indicated if the leaves become blue or rusty. Superphosphate can fertilize the roots of seedlings before planting. To do this, 10-15 g of fertilizer is boiled in each well. Positive effect on tomatoes is nitrogen-potassium top dressing. It can be used before planting seedlings and when the first ovaries appear.
Although the strawberry tree is resistant to disease, some still infect it. For example,
- brown spotting;
- spider mite;
- greenhouse whitefly.
Under greenhouse growing conditions, brown spotting often defeats tomatoes. This disease occurs due to excessive watering or high light exposure. They are treated with garlic solution and properly shade the light.
From a tick, a soap solution is used, which treats the lesions of the plant sections. To combat whiteflies, you can use Confidor.
Description of the variety advises to use the drug "Ordan" for the prevention of late blight and alternariosis. The first time you can spray when there are already 4-6 leaves. The following - in 7-10 days. Treat with this tool should be no later than 20 days before harvesting.
The characteristic of this variety is so positive that in such a short time the vegetable has won the commitment of many gardeners. After all, it is a high-yielding culture that can grow in regions with inconsistent weather conditions.