Description of cucumber varieties Competitor
Despite the fact that the competitor cucumber is not a self-pollinated crop, it has high taste and yield characteristics. In addition, gardeners love this variety for early ripening, which is very important for sellers of vegetables.
Description of cucumber varieties Competitor
This species appeared a long time ago, in the middle of the 20th century. They brought him to light in the Crimea. Just a few years later, in 1980, it was included in the National Register of the Russian Federation.
It is believed that it is ideal for cultivation in all regions of the country. Also, cultivation is possible in open ground and in film conditions, for some time.
The bush of this variety has a fairly high performance. The height of the bush can reach about 2 m. Lateral branches are formed by an average amount. The main stem is considered the longest. The peduncle reaches a height of 7 cm, which is ideal in the case of harvesting.
The bush should be formed into 1 stalk. For this, it is important to remove all lateral ovaries and stepsons in the first 3 knots. These measures allow you to make the plant more green and a better formed root system. The foliage is quite dark and has a slight ribbing at the ends.
Description of the fetus
The fruits have a cylindrical shape, with a small oval at the ends. A small ribbing and large tubercles form on the surface. The hillocks have dark shades on the surface. The fruit size itself is relatively small. The length of one fruit is about 12 cm. But the weight is 100 g.
The description suggests that the surface peel of the fetus can vary from a light green tint to dark green. You can also see small white stripes that reach only the middle part of the cucumber. There is also a small edge.
The pulp has a density and small characteristics of a crunch. These fruits are characterized by aroma, which is inherent in a large number of varieties of cucumbers. Productivity is satisfactory and is 4 kg per 1 m2. Also, these cucumbers are considered universal. They are suitable not only for fresh consumption, but also for preservation and pickles. It is in a marinated form that the best taste qualities of cucumbers of this species are manifested.
Advantages and disadvantages
If we consider the description of this type of cucumber, then farmers can identify the following positive qualities of the variety:
- high taste indices;
- universality in application and preparation;
- resistance to a large number of common diseases that relate to cucumbers;
- the possibility of transportation over long distances and the preservation of commercial qualities.
The variety is resistant to most diseases.
The disadvantage of these cucumbers is the fact that they quickly begin to bitter if they lack moisture. It should also be noted a nuance, which consists in the rapid yellowing of cucumbers, if not at the right time to harvest.
In principle, competitor cucumbers f1 are not particularly demanding on the soil. They can produce fruits of surprising quality if all planting rules are met. Firstly, competitor f1 seeds should be selected only those that are medium in size. You will have to buy seeds every year, because the seed material is regenerated and cannot be used for subsequent plantings.
Secondly, planting culture should be at a certain distance. A distance of 40 cm should be maintained between the rows. This distance should be maintained between the holes. It is important to remember that seeds should be prepared. They must be treated with special growth stimulants to improve germination. Planting of seeds or plants in open ground begins in the end of April. It is important to wait until the soil heats up after winter frosts. Ideally, if its temperature reaches 20 ° C, because this will allow the root system to develop much better and faster.
If all of the above conditions are met, then the first shoots are observed after a week. Moreover, when planting 2-3 seeds in one hole, germination is one hundred percent. It is especially important that the soil has a high concentration of humus. It contributes to the rapid growth and quality of the bush.
How to care
In order for the plant to grow quickly and efficiently, it needs special care. The cultivation of ideal fruits is achieved only after all conditions are met. First, you should regularly loosen the soil and carry out the hilling of open areas of the root system. Secondly, regular and proper watering is important. Thirdly, weeding of ridges from weeds and regular top dressing of the root system is important.
Not only mineral fertilizers are applied to the soil, but also organic ones. The use of humus and wood ash allows the root system to compact and develop more correctly. Biohumus or potassium or phosphorus components can be used as organic top dressing. Top dressing should be carried out in 2 stages. The first is carried out at the moment when the flowering is just beginning. The second top dressing is carried out at the moment when the budding of flowering occurs.
Watering is carried out only in the evening and exclusively at room temperature. It is best to use drip irrigation, which irrigates the beds much more efficiently.
The competitor F1 cucumber has a high resistance to most diseases. It is not affected by diseases such as cucumber mosaic, aphid invasion or spotting. Also, this species is not exposed to bacteriosis and fungal diseases.
This advantage should not affect the obscene attitude to this species. After all, such situations can happen when the disease progresses and still affects the plant. Therefore, a visual inspection of the bush for the presence of all kinds of diseases should be carried out in a timely manner. Once strange factors have been identified, disinfection should be carried out immediately. To combat each disease, there are own chemicals. For example, copper-containing substances are used to control aphids. From mosaic and spotting, a category of substances that contain a high concentration of potassium is used.
Growing this crop requires certain care kits. If you believe in the feedback from experienced gardeners, then you should grow this variety only using trellises for tying. In the early stages of development, it was understood that Competitor f1 can grow only on chernozem soils. But, after some innovations, it can now be grown on any fertile soil.