Onions - an indispensable product that is eaten almost every day. Onion Hercules is highly valued for its taste and for the duration of storage of .It has a lot of advantages, and its care is extremely simple. What is this variety?
- Table of Contents- This is a medium early hybrid .The term of full maturation is 70-80 days.
Plant height up to 35 cm. The weight of a ripe onion is 120-160 grams.
Product specifications: large onion, with a dense skin, is an elongated oval of golden-yellow color.
The pulp is white and juicy, tastes sweet with wit, without bitterness , leaves a spicy aftertaste.
Advantages and disadvantages of the variety
Hercules is distinguished as the best representative of its kind. It has a number of advantages:
- high yield( you can harvest up to 8kg of crop per square meter);
- long shelf life( while the taste remains unchanged until the end of storage);
- resistant diseases, pests and infections;
- forms a strong root system( even with infrequent watering, the variety will yield a high yield);
- is not whimsical( does not require special care, can grow in arid climates);
- good taste.
The disadvantages of Hercules include:
- is a hybrid variety, therefore, its seeds will not yield a crop;
- price is slightly higher compared to other varieties.
. Planting time
Like most vegetable crops, , the Hercules variety is planted in the spring in the spring .When the air starts to warm up and the temperature rises above + 10 ° C, it is necessary to start landing.
Hercules can also be grown seedlings. This gives an advantage in obtaining early harvest, and protects seedlings from extreme temperatures.
This variety can be planted under the winter .In the fall they plant small onions. Additionally, you can cover the ground rotting sawdust.
Winter landings will not produce arrows, and the harvest will be stored for a long time.
Preparation of a plot for sowing
First of all, determine the place for onion planting. Choose a flat area, not shaded by trees and buildings .Experienced gardeners recommend changing the place of onion planting every year. Tomatoes, potatoes, legumes will be good predecessors.
The selected piece of land should be loosened and weeds removed. Next, you need to make fertilizer, focusing on the composition of the soil where planting will occur.
Fertilizer composition for loamy soil:
- 4 kg of humus;
- 1 tablespoon superphosphate;
- 1 h / l of urea;
- 5 kg of peat.
These proportions are calculated for 1 square meter of land. This composition will help improve soil fertility.
Composition of fertilizer for sandy soil per 1 square.m.:
- peat bucket;
- humus bucket;
- 2 clay soil buckets;
- 1 tablespoon urea;
- 1 table spoon of superphosphate.
Onions do not grow on clay soil.
After fertilizers have been applied, the ground should be covered with foil and left for 5 days. Sheltered soil warms up and is ready for planting.
Features of planting
For planting use small onion-bulbs of 2-2.5 cm in size. They can also be pre-grown from seeds.
No need to take dry or rotted onions .Before planting, the onions are warmed and dried for 4 days at the battery.
The planting of the Hercules variety in the open ground is carried out in April-May by .In the wells, located 10 cm from each other, place the seedlings, moisten the soil well.
Planting depth 3-5 cm. The distance between the rows is not less than 20 cm. Such an arrangement will not impede the growth of the bulbs and will give the highest yield.
Care. This variety does not require special care. It will be enough from time to time to remove weeds and loosen the soil .Regular loosening will reduce the bitterness of the pulp.
You can cover the ground with mulch( sawdust, straw, or special stock).It hinders the growth of weeds and protects the soil from draining.Hercules does not require frequent watering, twice a week will be enough. Excessive moisture will cause the bulbs to rot. In mid-July, watering should stop.
Feed should be done twice .The first time when planting, and then after the appearance of the first leaves. For complementary foods are used complex formulas with trace elements, chicken manure.
Experienced gardeners recommend in late August to lower the feathers of the plant to the ground .Due to this, the process of ripening bulbs will accelerate.
Diseases and their prevention
Onion Hercules has a greater resistance to diseases. For the prevention and protection of the crop from the parasites need to process the bulbs before planting in the ground .
Soak the bulbs for 10 hours in a solution of 1 tablespoon of nitrophoska per 10 liters of water. After the time to get, dry.
Then put for 10-15 minutes in a weak solution of copper sulfate, dry again. Sevok ready to disembark.
Harvesting and storage rules
The harvest of this crop is carried out at the end of the summer .Determine that the onion has ripened prompt the leaves - they turn yellow and bend down to the ground.
Harvested onions need to be dried. You can do this right on the garden in sunny weather. When the bow dries a little, shake off the ground and move under the canopy.
The crop needs to be laid out in one layer on a canvas or other material. After drying, the onions can be transferred to the main storage place.Responsibly refer to the choice of premises. The main criteria: dry and cool. The optimum temperature is from +15 to +20 degrees. At high humidity onions begin to rot, and in the heat begins to dry out.
Observing these simple tricks you save the harvest for the whole winter.
No wonder gardeners call the onion Hercules the best among the variety of varieties. It can be grown as novice gardeners and experienced farmers. And in both cases, it will give a high yield, which, moreover, will withstand storage until next year.
Bred by Dutch breeders , the variety has incorporated all the best qualities for consumers. The wonderful taste of onions allows you to use it fresh in salads, light snacks.
It does not lose its taste after heat treatment in soups or marinades.