Description and characteristics of tomato Bull's eye
Despite its comparative novelty, the Bull's-eye tomato can already boast of a rather considerable and steadily growing popularity. And it’s worth recognizing that this is quite natural, because this small-fruited variety belonging to the category of “cherry” (also called cherry-shaped) has a number of remarkable characteristics. Its key difference from most other tomatoes is its nearly twice as high content of dry nutritional ingredients, which are dissolved in the intercellular juice. Other qualities of the presented tomato variety are also noteworthy, and therefore the latter just needs to be considered in more detail.
Description and characteristics of tomato Bull's eye
To begin with, it should be noted that the Bullseye owes its appearance to specialists of the Siberian Garden agricultural firm, who managed to combine a considerable number of indisputable advantages in it, which will be discussed a little later. If we highlight the main features of the cherry tomatoes under consideration, their list will look like this:
- Early ripening, the standard value of which is 90-95 days.
- Creeper stalk, not very high leafy.
- Indeterminacy. In other words, the Bull's eye is characterized by unlimited growth, often exceeding the 2-meter mark. Practice shows that in the conditions of a greenhouse such bushes often rest against the roof, and only pinching of the top helps to stop their growth.
Plants belonging to this variety need compulsory garter to support and pinching. As for the cultivation of such tomatoes, it is most rational to carry it out in sheltered soil. The validity of this thesis is confirmed both in the reviews of gardeners and in the recommendations distributed by the creators of the variety.
Sometimes considered tomatoes are confused with tomatoes Bull forehead. It is worth noting that, in addition to the common word in the name, they have little in common: in particular, the average weight of the latter is 250-300 g, while the berries of the Bull's eye weigh an order of magnitude less.
Features of the fruit
As already noted above, Bullseye tomatoes do not differ in impressive dimensions. On the contrary, they are very tiny, and their mass rarely exceeds 30-gram mark. It is worth noting that this characteristic is characteristic of all cherry tomatoes, which is why they are called cherry-shaped. Among other features of the fruits of the presented variety, it is necessary to distinguish the following:
- round shape;
- smooth glossy surface;
- saturated red color (upon reaching the ripening stage);
- soft peel that can be eaten without any inconvenience.
Of particular note is the fact that with each of the first two brushes it is realistic to collect 10-12 of these tomatoes, and from the next - many times more, up to 4 dozen. As for the use of tomatoes, the Bull's eye, it can be very different, providing:
- fresh use;
- decoration of dishes;
- canning, etc.
In addition, the fruits enjoy considerable success among salad lovers, which is primarily due to their excellent gastronomic qualities.
Caring for a plant will not cause you trouble
The description of the variety in question would be incomplete if it did not include a listing of the most significant advantages of these cherry tomatoes. First of all, these are:
- excellent taste of tomatoes, primarily characterized by its sweetness;
- consistently high yield, subject to basic rules of care;
- ease of cultivation, which allows to achieve excellent results in the vast majority of cases;
- high ductility;
- beautiful appearance of bushes, characterized by special decorativeness.
We cannot but mention the resistance of this variety to various diseases affecting tomatoes: it is quite high, which any owner of such plants will appreciate. Another advantage of these cherry tomatoes is the increased content of lycopene and sugars in excess of 4.5%. The first is a first-class antioxidant, and the second is an excellent source of energy, as a result of which the Bull's eye is not unreasonably considered one of the most useful varieties of tomatoes for the human body.
Among all the points to consider which it is desirable for each owner of the bushes of this variety, special attention should be paid to the soil. Experience has shown that to achieve optimal yields, it must be well-drained and have a neutral reaction. As for other recommendations that can benefit everyone who wants to grow Bull's-eye tomatoes, they are presented below:
- Sowing seeds for seedlings should be carried out 2 months before the planned planting in the soil, with a maximum permissible deviation not exceeding 5 days.
- Pickling seedlings should be carried out after the plants acquire the first full leaves.
- So that over time, the growing bushes do not begin to interfere with each other, between them it makes sense to maintain a certain distance. Experts advise to arrange these plants so that on 1 square. m there were no more than 3 pieces.
In the brush, such tomatoes ripen almost simultaneously, and the owner of the plants can carry out the harvest at his own discretion - picking up both clusters of berries and individual fruits.
In order to get the best result, experienced gardeners are advised to form tomato bushes Bull's eye in 2 or 3 stems.
Common problems and solutions
Fortunately, the Bullseye is not very susceptible to pathogens of certain tomato diseases, for which, first of all, the breeders who created it should be thanked. At the same time, the tomatoes in question are not completely invulnerable, sometimes suffering from common misfortunes such as:
- Late blight. This fungal disease is characterized by spots of gray-brown color, appearing first on the foliage, and then on the stems and berries of the plant. If you do not take proper measures, this ailment will lead to the loss of most of the crop, especially actively developing in warm and humid conditions.
- Alternariosis. The second name of the disease in question, which is also fungal, is brown or dry spotting. It affects all the aboveground organs of tomato bushes, spreading in the direction from bottom to top. Most often, the disease occurs in greenhouse conditions, being able to kill up to 2/3 of the crop.
Given the fungal origin of both ailments, you can fight them with the same means. These are broad-spectrum fungicides, the effectiveness of which in confronting with such infections is not subject to any doubts (provided that measures are taken in a timely manner). One of these drugs that can “boast” the best results is the Ordan, which can be used both for total extermination of the microscopic threat and for prevention.