What summer resident does not dream of growing tomatoes for all neighbors to envy. But which variety to choose so that it gives a truly rich harvest? Summer residents who have many years of experience in growing vegetables know about all the features of growing large tomatoes.
- Supergiant fruits
- Ideal for salads
- Sowing seeds
- Plant care
- We pay special attention to feeding
Pink giant tomatoes are very popular among summer residents. Why did they get this name? It's not just about the size of the fruit. The bushes of this tomato variety reach very large sizes. Even in greenhouse conditions, they can grow up to 1.5 meters. And if they grow in open ground, then the height of the bushes can reach 5 meters. The bush is highly branched. A brush can be simple or complex.
Usually the fruits weigh 200-300 grams, but under especially favorable conditions these tomatoes can reach a weight of 2 kg, which is really impressive. But there are not many of them on the bush: you can see 2-4 tomatoes, occasionally - 5. Usually one bush gives 2.5-3 kilograms of fruit. If the plant is well cared for, then one bush may well give 10-20 kilograms of fruit.
Tomatoes are flat-round in shape and pink-crimson in color. These tomatoes taste sweet, very fleshy and sugary, and contain little liquid. Their taste is highly appreciated by both amateurs and professionals.
Such tomatoes are stored for a very long time and are easily transported.
Ideal for salads
Pink giant tomatoes bear very large fruits. This variety is not suitable for conservation. Plus, the tomato won't fit in the jar. But you can't find the best variety for a salad: one tomato is quite enough to prepare a salad for the whole family. Tomatoes of different sizes can be in the brush. Therefore, each family member can pick both large and smaller fruit. And they ripen quite early: the pink giant belongs to the mid-early varieties.
The pink giant requires more attention and care than small-fruited varieties. In order to get a rich harvest, you need to take care of growing high-quality seedlings in advance.
The collection of seeds for sowing is a significant difficulty due to the fact that the fruits contain very few seeds or they are completely absent.
It is recommended to process tomato seeds:
- disinfect with potassium permanganate solution;
- soak with a growth stimulant solution;
- Vernalize in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Then the seeds should be soaked and wait 3-5 days for them to germinate. Sprouted seeds are planted in pots and placed in a well-lit place.
The seeds of the pink giant are sown in early March; at room temperature, seedlings appear on the fifth day. After the shift has risen, the temperature should not be higher than 16 degrees so that the seedlings do not stretch out. Also, to prevent stretching, the seedlings are treated with the "Athlete". After a week, the temperature can be raised to 22 degrees.
The variety is suitable for both greenhouse cultivation and outdoor cultivation. For a tomato, choose a sunny place in which the plants will be protected from cold winds. Seedlings of pink giants are not planted as densely as ordinary varieties: from 1 to 3 bushes are placed on one square meter. A 70cmX70cm scheme is often used.
If, despite all the efforts, it was not possible to avoid the overgrowth of the seedlings, then you should plant it at the maximum depth, laying part of the stem in the hole.
Pink giants need reliable support: tall posts or trellis. Usually 1 stem is left on the plant, sometimes 2-3. Stepsons should be removed regularly.
To get super-giant fruits, you need to adjust the number of brushes on the plant and the number of fruits in the brush. On inflorescences, which can have up to 8 flowers, no more than 4 are left. If this is not done, then the fruits will be of medium size.
From the time of germination to the appearance of the first fruits, it usually takes 115-120 days.
The soil around the bushes is loosened. In order for the plants to give additional roots, they are huddled. Watering is rare, but abundant.
The pink giant is capable of unlimited growth. Therefore, when a certain growth is reached, the top of the plant is pinched.
Old leaves that begin to turn yellow are removed. As a result of removing the leaves, the plants receive more sunlight, are less susceptible to disease and bear fruit better.
The pink giant variety is moderately resistant to disease.
We pay special attention to feeding
Organic and mineral fertilizers are applied for large-fruited varieties in doses that are 1.5-2 times higher than the application rates for other varieties. When planting, humus (1-2 buckets), superphosphate (150-200 grams), potash fertilizers (100 grams), nitrogen fertilizers (100 grams) and wood ash (300-500 grams) are placed in each hole. You can use complex fertilizers.
It is imperative to feed the plants in a timely manner during flowering and fruit setting.
If you want to get a good harvest, then it is worth choosing the pink giant variety.