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Excellent taste, high yield and long-term fruiting have made the Russian size tomato very popular over the past 20 years.
Description of the variety
The variety is late ripening, the first fruits ripen only 125 - 127 days after sprouting. The tomato is indeterminate, has unlimited growth, strongly branches, and can reach a height of 180 cm. It needs pinching, due to which the plant forms into 1 or 2 vigorous stems with a large number of dark green leaves. After the formation of the ninth leaf, the first inflorescence is laid in its bosom, and then after 3 - 4 leaves.
The yield of the variety is quite high, and the fruiting is very long. Fruits are harvested from August to the onset of cold weather in September - October.
Tomatoes of the Russian size variety have outstanding qualities and can be used in many ways.
Appearance and structure
The fruit has a flat-round, slightly flattened horizontally, slightly ribbed shape. The color of an unripe tomato Russian size F1 is light green, the color of a ripe fruit is intensely red. The fruit is characterized by many nests and small chambers. The tomatoes are very large and fleshy. Their mass ranges from 650 grams to 2 kg.
The flesh of tomatoes Russian size is tender and juicy, with an excellent balanced taste, which many other hybrids cannot boast of. Moderately sweet fruit, great for fresh consumption, for making salads and vegetable cuts. It is possible to harvest canned tomatoes for the winter in chopped form.
As evidenced by the reviews of gardeners and gardeners, the fruits keep their shape perfectly in the form of slices in the marinade. Due to their large size, it is impossible to preserve whole fruits. This variety produces excellent tomato paste and juice. Also, the fruits go well with other vegetables in all kinds of canned assortments, adjika and caviar.
Recommendations for agricultural technology
Russian size is a giant tomato, as a result of which it has its own growing characteristics.
Sowing and planting
You should start germinating the seeds of this vigorous tomato only at the beginning of April. Within a week, friendly shoots appear, which after about another week and a half already have two real leaves and need a pick. After a month, the seedlings are transplanted to a permanent place. Tomatoes Russian size can only be grown in a greenhouse. The plants are large, so they rarely need to be planted so that the tomatoes have enough space and resources.
It is better not to place more than 2 bushes on one square meter, and when keeping plants in 1 stem - no more than 3.
Already a few days after planting, it is necessary to tie up the plants and systematically repeat the garter as the stems grow.
From below, the leaves should be torn off up to the first inflorescence and pinched. Lateral shoots promote tillering, which can be used for plant formation. If the goal is to obtain medium-sized fruits, then it is better to choose 2 or 3 strong shoots. To get the largest possible fruit, you need to leave 1 stem.
As the stem grows in tomatoes, pinch the apical bud.
Due to the properties of the variety, it grows intensively and indefinitely, you need to be very careful when feeding with a high nitrogen content, since it can cause even greater vegetation and branching. As a result, all plant resources can be used for the growth of new shoots, and not for fruiting.
Better to choose phosphorus and potash fertilizers, use fishmeal.
It is necessary to systematically water these powerful plants abundantly, which will promote the development of deep roots. An insignificant and frequent consumption of water can lead to the predominance of lateral and adventitious roots, which are not able to provide the plant with moisture and nutrients during a cold snap or during a dry period.
Fruit formation and harvesting
Tomato inflorescences are Russian size of a simple type, loose. On one hand, 2 - 3 truly giant fruits are able to tie and ripen. Everyone who planted this hybrid in their area knows how to achieve this. After tying the first tomato on the lower brush and reaching the size of 4 - 5 cm in diameter, it is necessary to pluck the flowers and small ovaries, leaving 2 - 3 of the largest fruits on the brushes. If desired, only one tomato can be left on the brush, then it can grow to the size of a small melon.
The variety is characterized by an extended period of fruiting, which lasts from August until the onset of autumn cold weather. Up to 8 kg of tomatoes can be harvested from one square meter. But giant tomatoes are only capable of ripening in conditions of a balance of temperature and humidity, so they need to be grown in greenhouses.
Features of immunity
Like many hybrids, the Russian size tomato is quite resistant to various diseases, for example, tobacco mosaic, cladosporium and fusarium. In case of violation of agricultural technology, it may undergo manifestations of late blight.
Simple weeding and hilling can prevent the multiplication of all kinds of pests around tomatoes, but it is better to carry out preventive treatment of plants with special chemicals during the growing season.
Tomatoes Russian size F1 is a valuable variety that requires special attention when growing, but it pays for painstaking care with high yields and wonderful taste. Almost every owner of a summer cottage who has planted this variety at least once admires its merits and grows it again and again.