Pumpkin "Smile" has such undeniable advantages as high taste, dietary and nutritional qualities of the pulp of fruits. The variety belongs to the category of early-ripening, cold-resistant and high-yielding, and the period from seedlings to complete ripening of the crop takes only three months. The variety was developed by specialists of the GNU VNIISSOK a little more than fifteen years ago.
Description and characteristics of the variety
The description of the pumpkin with the unusual name “Smile” involves the formation of bright orange fruits with barely noticeable white stripes on the middle-thick bark. The shape of the fruit is spherical, very attractive.
The pulp is orange in color, of a dense consistency, sweet, with a slightly pronounced melon aroma. The average weight of the ripe commercial fruit is not more than 0.85-1.1 kg. The seed nest is small in size. Seeds are oval, white with a smooth surface. The plant has a bush form and forms no more than six short shoots, and the length of the main one does not exceed a meter.
For the cultivation of this type of pumpkin culture, it is advisable to devote areas well lit by the sun, represented by loamy and light loamy soils. In order to obtain seedlings, it is recommended to sow in the first decade of May. Direct sowing into the soil is carried out no earlier than the last ten days of May or at the beginning of June, after warming up the soil to a temperature of 10−12 ° C.
Seeds are recommended to be buried by 5-7 cm. Before sowing, they must be soaked and kept for 24 hours in a warm place. Two seeds prepared for planting are sown in each planting hole, and after germination, the weakest seedling is removed. Planting seedlings in a permanent place should be carried out after the appearance of four of these leaves, around the beginning of June. The standard landing pattern is 70−75x70−75 cm.
Rules for the formation and regulation
Experienced gardeners know that all varieties of garden pumpkins are divided into long-braided and bush. Pumpkin of the Ulybka variety belongs to the category of bush vegetable crops, which allows to reduce labor costs during cultivation and greatly facilitates the care of plants in the garden. In pumpkin crops, the apical bud or part of the shoot is removed by pinching. This method stimulates the awakening of lateral shoots, on which a significant number of female flowers are formed.
Rationing of vegetable crops by ovaries has recently been increasingly used by gardeners and vegetable growers. This method is quite simple, but at the same time effective and can improve the quality indicators of the fruit. Rationing is carried out after two fruits are tied on the lashes. At this stage, all other ovaries that have already reached their “culinary minimum” should be removed. Thus, it is possible not only to take advantage of the early vegetable products, but also to redirect all the forces of the pumpkin culture to the filling of the most developed fruits.
After pinching and rationing, the pumpkin should be provided with the most competent and proper care. If necessary, during this period, watering should be supplemented with top dressing, which is recommended to use organic fertilizers or herbal infusions with the addition of a small amount of wood ash.
Reviews and advice gardeners
Pumpkin "Smile" was recognized by domestic gardeners and positive reviews due to early ripeness, excellent transportability, increased cold resistance and resistance to drought. According to most vegetable growers, aligned, small-sized fruits can be used as a portioned vegetable crop with high palatability.
Pumpkin "Smile": processing technology
In the process of cultivation, it is very important to observe the basic agricultural measures. It is recommended to strictly adhere to the planting and care scheme for the vegetable crop, which allows the Smile pumpkin to fully reveal its full potential. The plant is very responsive to feeding nettle infusion and absolutely does not require increased attention and excessive care. With standard weeding, watering, top dressing and loosening of soil in the conditions of home gardening, an abundant and high-quality crop is formed.