Tomatoes “Pink Giant”: variety description, cultivation agricultural technique
Tomato The pink giant is a large-fruited variety. It is a thermophilic plant. Landing in the open ground of its seeds can be carried out only in the southern regions. In the rest it is necessary to grow seedlings. In addition, in the middle lane and to the north, planting is best done in greenhouses, and not in open ground.
What else are the features of the variety and how to grow it, we will tell further.
Did you know? From a botanical point of view, a tomato is a berry, as it is formed from a flower and has seeds. In 1893, the US Supreme Court decided to consider it a vegetable. The impetus for this decision was the fact that imported vegetables were taxed (but berries and fruits weren’t), as well as the fact that an ordinary consumer was accustomed to consider tomato a vegetable, as it is grown in the garden and used as a side dish, not a dessert. In 2001, the EU ordered the tomato in the Old World to be considered fruit.
Describing the Pink Giant tomato, the following cultural characteristics should be noted:
- mid-season variety, harvesting can begin 110–115 days after emergence;
- bush indeterminate, tall (up to 200 cm);
- large bush sizes require a lot of space when planting;
- bush thickness is medium, leaves are large;
- that the plant gave large fruits, it must be stepson;
- the first flower brush appears above the ninth leaf, each next - after three;
- the inflorescence is a simple brush;
- approximately 5 ovaries form on one hand;
- the fruit grows large, an average of 300 g, but there are also kilogram;
- ripe fruits are painted in raspberry pink color and have a thin peel;
- flesh is fleshy, sugary, with a small amount of liquid, with four seed nests;
- the plant is resistant to most diseases and unpretentious;
- productivity: 5.8-6.4 kg / 1 sq. m
Advantages and disadvantages
- Positive aspects of the variety:
- large fruits;
- disease resistance;
- good keeping quality;
- sweet taste;
- good yield;
- Negative points:
- very tall bush, requiring garter and regular pinching;
- for tomatoes to grow large, you need to regularly feed the bush;
- the fruits are unsuitable for preservation, since the skin breaks under the influence of temperature.
How to grow seedlings on your own
Despite the fact that the fruits of the Pink Giant are very large, they have few seeds, so for planting it is most often necessary to purchase material in specialized stores. Otherwise, the process of growing seedlings is not a problem.
Sowing seeds for seedlings is carried out from March to April, depending on the region.
For seedlings, a mixture of peat, humus and sod land is suitable. It must first be disinfected by putting it in the cold.
Capacity for growing
You can grow the Pink Giant in special cups for seedlings or in a container.
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Before planting, seed needs preparation. First, it is soaked for a quarter of an hour in saline to select seeds suitable for sowing (they will settle to the bottom). After selection, they are washed in running water and immersed in a one percent solution of potassium permanganate for 20 minutes.
Then soak is carried out. To do this, use wet toilet paper, on which the seed is laid out in one layer. In this form, they are left overnight. After drying and proceed to planting.
If planting is made in a cup, then there is no special scheme. In one container 3-4 seeds are randomly sown at a distance from each other. Each seed is slightly pressed into the moist soil with a finger and sprinkled on top with a thin layer of soil.
To indeterminate varieties of tomatoes also include such as:
When planting a container on the surface of irrigated soil, a shallow groove is laid and seeds are laid out in it with an interval of 1-2 cm. A thin layer of soil is sprinkled on top.
The container with seedlings is covered with a film and sent to a warm dark place. When the first shoots appear, the film is removed and seedlings are provided with daylight hours of 14-16 hours. In addition, the room must be maintained at a temperature of +20 ° C and moderate humidity.
Watering is done regularly. Top dressing is applied 2-3 times with an interval of 14 days. Complex fertilizers are used.
Important! When 2 real leaflets appear at the seedlings in a cup, you can leave the strongest seedling, and remove the rest if you do not need a lot of seedlings. Otherwise, a pick is carried out.
Harden seedlings begin 10-12 days before planting it in open ground. It is taken to the street when the temperature no longer drops below +15 ° C. First, they leave her for a couple of hours in the shade. After can be taken out in the sun.
In bad weather, it is better to skip the hardening procedure or conduct it at home.
When and how to plant seedlings in a permanent place
In open ground, landing is in May-June. At this point, the seedlings should be 60–65 days and grow six or more leaves on it, as well as an inflorescence.
Landing is carried out according to the scheme 0.7 * 0.7 m. For 1 square. m can be no more than 2-3 bushes.
How to care in the open ground
The main difficulty in caring for the Pink Giant is bush formation and garter. Otherwise, there are no differences from other varieties.
Tall varieties need a lot of energy for growth, so they need abundant watering. The Pink Giant is no exception. Irrigation is done every 5-7 days under the root, as the plant does not tolerate well when moisture gets on the foliage. Water should be settled and not cold.
Fertilizing is very necessary for the growth of large fruits. For this, organic and mineral fertilizers are used. They are applied three times: 10 days after transplanting, with the appearance of color on the second brush, after harvesting the first crop.
A tall branchy plant is formed into one stem or into one stem and one brush on a single side stepson. With the growth of a bush in a greenhouse, it can be formed into two stems.The size of the fruit depends on how you form the brush. If you want to get medium tomatoes, you need to leave 8 ovaries on the brush. Giants needed - leave four.
After each irrigation, top dressing and precipitation, it is necessary to loosen the soil, since it is quickly taken with a crust, which leads to a violation of gas exchange. To keep moisture in the soil longer, it should be mulched. In addition, this will solve the problem with weeds.
Important! The bush must be periodically spudded to strengthen the root system. In addition, if you do not spud and water the plant plentifully, its fruits may begin to crack.
Garter is extremely important for a tall bush. For the first time, they tie it up when they only plant seedlings in the garden. For these purposes, you can use the trellis or high pegs, or initially tied to the peg, and when the bush grows up - to the trellis.
A disease-resistant plant can infect rot, but only if the rules for caring for the tomato have not been followed. Most often, it occurs due to the lack of air movement in the greenhouse. That is why it is necessary to regularly air it and follow all the rules for care.
Among the pests can annoy: Colorado potato beetle, whitefly, spider mite. To prevent their occurrence, it is necessary to carry out regular treatment with special preparations in accordance with the instructions.
Variety of tomatoes The pink giant is quite attractive for agronomists. Although its yield is not as high as that of medium-fruit varieties, its fruits are large and juicy. They are great for making fragrant summer salads, as well as sauces and ketchups.