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Most gardeners are sure that pinching is a mandatory procedure that must be carried out when growing Snowdrop tomatoes. There are exceptions to this rule - the Snowdrop tomato, which can be grown without removing the lateral shoots. It belongs to a hybrid undersized species of varieties with excellent yields.
Description of the variety
Breeders bred Snowdrop tomatoes as an early-ripening variety that is frost-resistant. These tomatoes can be grown in most regions of the Russian Federation. Even poor soils will not become an obstacle to the cultivation of Snowdrop. It should be noted that, being bred specifically for growing in regions with cool climates, Snowdrop does not grow very well in areas characterized by predominantly hot weather and mild winters.
If the tomato is grown outdoors, it must be grown using three stems. On each bush, you will notice the formation of three fruit clusters, on which up to 5 fruits can be placed. Thus, it is not difficult to calculate that up to 45 tomatoes can grow on one bush at the same time. The sizes of Snowdrop fruits can be very different, the lowest brush will give tomatoes much larger than those that grew on the upper branch.
The tomato owes its name to its ability to withstand temperature fluctuations. For the conditions of the regions of Russia located in the west of the country, this variety is perfect. Tomatoes will grow well in Karelia as well. The Snowdrop bushes bloom very amicably, as well as the fruit set. Each bush is capable of producing up to 1.6 kilograms of tomatoes - the yield is at a fairly high level.
The tomato was bred in 2000 by Russian breeders, and the variety passed state registration in 2001. Amateurs and professionals immediately began to leave positive feedback about the representatives of the Snowdrop variety.
Vegetable growers, whose territorial location is Karelia, Leningrad Oblast, and the Urals, expressed their particular disposition. Even in the regions of the Far North, it was possible to grow Snowdrop, in a heated greenhouse and with additional lighting.
Snowdrop tomatoes are smooth, round in shape. In a mature state, they have a deep red color. The weight of tomatoes is small; at best, the fruit can reach 150 grams. The average is the mass of 90 grams. The pulp of tomatoes is very soft and sweet, perfect for making fresh salads, and for pickling and pickling. It is possible to preserve Snowdrop as part of assorted vegetables. Small red tomatoes in one jar with cucumbers, carrots and herbs are very beautiful.
The number of fruits harvested from one plant is large. From one square meter, you can get up to 6 kilograms of tomatoes. Considering that the weight of each fruit is small, it can be assumed how many tomatoes a vegetable grower collects from one bush. Such characteristics and descriptions of the Snowdrop tomato variety attract the attention of many vegetable growers.
Advantages and disadvantages
Professional agronomists, farmers and amateur summer residents appreciate the Snowdrop tomato variety for its undeniable advantages:
- resistance to low temperatures;
- the ability to tolerate prolonged absence of watering;
- abundant fruiting;
- resistance to pests and diseases;
- maintaining the integrity of the fruit for a long time;
- great taste;
- successful cultivation under film in temperate and cool climates;
- the ability to tolerate transportation well.
Disadvantages were also noted by vegetable growers. There are few of them, however, it is important that the plant is demanding on the quality and quantity of fertilizing, especially at the stage of growth and formation of the ovary. Anyone who has planted tomatoes at least once understands that great care must be taken with fertilizers.
How to grow
Snowdrop tomatoes can be planted in early April. Transfer to a greenhouse that is not heated is justified in early June. It is possible to cultivate in a greenhouse where the soil is manured.
An excess of humus is undesirable for the plant, because rapid growth will lead to the formation of a small number of ovaries.
In order for the bushes that are planted in the greenhouse to grow faster, they must be sprayed with a superphosphate solution. As a result of this procedure, the leaves become darker, which leads to an acceleration of photosynthesis and fruit ripening. If you plant seeds directly in the greenhouse, bypassing the seedling stage, the plants will become more hardened and will not outgrow.
Snowdrop care requires traditional, however, to obtain a richer harvest, knowledge of some subtleties is required:
- seeds before planting should be treated in a solution of potassium permanganate;
- it is advisable to disinfect the soil;
- before planting seedlings in the ground or in a greenhouse, the substrate should be scalded with boiling water;
- the best option for forming a bush is 3 stems;
- it is recommended to carry out tying, because under the heavy weight of the fruits, the plants can break;
- watering should be moderate;
- the soil should not be "overfeeded" with fertilizers and organic matter, but the lack of feeding will negatively affect the yield - it is important to observe the measure;
- fertilization should correspond to the growth phase: in the process of growing the bush needs potassium and phosphorus, in the process of maturation - nitrogen.
The plant does not need to be grafted. With this technique, summer residents usually accelerate the development and growth of the plant. In the case of Snowdrop, there is no need for additional stimulation.
The main rule that you need to follow to get a good harvest is diligence and a competent approach. In this case, the tomatoes will be responsive and healthy.