Pink tomatoes are loved for their juiciness, sweetness and pleasant external qualities. These varieties can be used for making juice, various dishes, and, of course, for fresh salads and snacks. Tomato Pink Elephant - a worthy representative of a group of pink varieties. It is distinguished by large fruits, yield and not difficult in terms of growing.
Description of the variety of tomato Pink Elephant
Tomatoes Pink Elephant mid-early variety, from the appearance of sprouts to the collection of the first harvest takes an average of 110-115 days. Suitable for cultivation in the open field and under the shelter. Shrub semi determinant. The plant is large, powerful, up to 1.6 meters. The leaves are like potato. Inflorescence intermediate type - the first is laid over 7 leaf, and all the rest every 2-3 leaves.
Tomato Pink Elephant Photo
The fruits are large, the mass can vary from 350 g to 1000 g. The shape of the tomatoes is flat-rounded, ribbed at the stem. After full ripening, the tomatoes get pink skin color, in the cut it can be 1-2 tones brighter. The flesh is fleshy, juicy, tasty. Aroma pronounced, pleasant, persistent.
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Not all pink tomatoes have high quality characteristics, so many gardeners bypass such varieties. But the tomato Pink Elephant has an abundance of advantages!
It can be grown in any regions with different climatic conditions, as it can be planted not only in the open field, but also in greenhouses.
Maturation no later, friendly.
Tomatoes are large, beautiful, it is convenient to collect them, although those that grow twisted can hardly break loose from the stalk.
There is resistance to most diseases.
Drought variety is not afraid if it is short.
Commercial quality fruits, beautiful, bright, fragrant, are noticeable on the shelves.
Productivity is high. With a square meter of planting, that is, 3-4 plants per season are collected 6.2-8.4 kg of tomatoes.
Variety of universal type, very tasty. The fruits are eaten fresh, used for processing, canning, juicing, dressing, sauce, and even for freezing.
This is not a hybrid, so the seeds collected from grown tomatoes give a good harvest. The only thing that experts warn about - the seeds must lie down to give a good germination. For planting, it is recommended to take seeds 2-3 years old.
Important! To make it easier for tomatoes to take root in the open field after transplanting seedlings, you should begin to harden them 2 weeks before the procedure. Gradual training of shoots to low temperatures will also increase their resistance to weather changes.
Harvesting Pink Elephant Variety Tomatoes
If we talk about the obvious shortcomings inherent in the variety, they are not very many.
Pink Elephant Tomatoes are susceptible to cracking, if you do not pick them for a long time, they sometimes crack during ripening. So it should be monitored.
No resistance to mechanical damage. Pink Elephant after full maturity is soft. And although his skin is dense, it is easily torn under pressure, so the crop can be transported only for short distances.
The resistance to late blight is low, the disease has to spray the bushes several times over the season.
Features planting tomatoes Pink Elephant
Growing a Pink Elephant tomato is easiest through seedlings. She is preparing for 2 months before landing in the ground. Sow the seeds, as always in the prepared soil, treated with potassium permanganate or boiling water from parasites. The seeds themselves can be soaked for 24 hours in water with growth stimulants. After the appearance of 2 leaves, you can pick the sprouts in separate cups.
Planting tomato seedlings Pink Elephant photo
Interesting! If, when planting in each hole, throw a handful of bread crumbs, the seedlings will soon take root and grow strong.
Planting seedlings Pink Elephant in the ground is held in separate holes. Land should be fertilized with humus in the fall. Before planting, it is loosened, pitted, a spoon of wood ash is poured into them, some mineral fertilizers are also possible, but this is not necessary. Up to 4 plants are placed on a square meter of a plot. If planted thicker, they will interfere with each other to develop. Between seedlings there should be at least 40 cm of free space, and between rows should be 50 cm.
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After the sprouts are planted, you can begin to routine care. Growing pink elephant tomatoes is not very difficult and yet some skill will be required here.
Care for seedlings Pink elephant
Watering is carried out daily until the shoots take root. Then they are cut. It is very important to ensure that the earth does not dry to a depth of 3 cm.
Weeds break out as they grow. It is not recommended to cut them with the sap, because after the upper part of the crop is cut, the root begins to grow, and this is precisely what is not desirable for tomatoes - that nutrients go to the development of weeds. If there is no time to fight weeds, you can apply herbicides before blooming. "Dual Gold" is used at the very initial stage - after the seedlings began in a new place. And when the buds have already started to appear, they use the drug "Fusilad Forte".
Interesting! A good, modern fertilizer for tomatoes at the stage of flowering and the appearance of green fruits is the drug "Izabion". Weave takes about 20 ml of the substance.
Pink Elephant tomato is grown on the trellis usually because props and garters to pegs rarely cope with a tall plant that bends under the weight of heavy fruit.
Forming is carried out in 1 or 2 stalks.
Gathering must be done if you need to harvest a large crop.
Feeding is carried out several times per season. If you use minerals, then you can do just two procedures, if the organic - 1-5 times, depending on the fertilizer.
In case of occurrence of diseases, fungicides can be used. At the early stage of development of a tomato, Kvadris will be suitable before budding; during flowering and the appearance of ovaries, Switch, Ridomil Gold, Revus. During the period of fruit ripening, it is possible to use the “Switch”, “Quadris”, “Skor” preparations (in a reduced concentration).
If during the growth of the bush pests have appeared, they are treated with insecticides from the plants. "Aktara" is only suitable before the blooming of buds. After the appearance of flowers and during the ripening of the fruit, you can use "Enzio", "Prokleym" or "Ampligo".
Tomato Pink Elephant Reviews
Gardeners love tomatoes Pink Elephant and rarely complain about them. If you buy good seeds, you can get a big harvest of beautiful fruits for universal use.
Alexander Kuzenkov: “I plant a Pink Elephant exclusively in a greenhouse. The yield is good at any temperature - both in the heat and in the cool time. The taste is sweet, juicy! I grow it every year - all household members like it very much."
Yevgeny Zhadan: “For salads, juice is the best variety, there’s no other way to find it. But I wouldn’t say it’s just grown. My tomatoes love the fitoftoru or she, I don’t know, it’s just trouble! I struggle every year if I sprinkle in time, then there’s no problem , but if you are late - half the crop to release. "
Marina Serik: "I form a pink elephant tomato always in 2 stalks, I grow only in a greenhouse, because there is a stationary trellis there - it is very convenient. I like the fact that the fruits are tied even at the top. Of course, it is not very convenient to collect, but it's nice! Fruits bright crimson, sweet, from most of the harvest I make juice for the winter. "
Nadezhda Kiselova: "The variety is good, I bought it more than once in the market, but I can't grow it - the climate is very humid. In the garden we pick up almost ripe fruits, pink, only the green fruit of the stem and the taste is empty. We put them on the window sill - they spoil. I want to try plant them in a greenhouse, maybe there will be more successful. "
Igor Obodan: “For the fifth year I plant a tomato Pink Elephant - yield, taste - everything pleases. True, the skin is thin - they don’t fit for sale. I tried to grow Orange Elephant - I didn’t like it at all, it grows badly - no taste."