Tomato Linda is great for fans of "lazy" home plantings. Only a square meter beds can plant up to ten bushes. This variety is recommended to those gardeners who do not cultivate tomatoes on a large scale, preferring to grow vegetables on their balcony. Description of the characteristics of the variety Linda you read the article.
- description and characterization of tomato Linda
- merits and varieties disadvantages
- Rules sowing
- Care after planting
- Disease Control and Prevention
- Methods for producing seeds
description and characterization of tomato Linda
features inherent in this fast-ripening tomato is considered complete unpretentiousness, delicious fruiting speedand its duration. On average, tomatoes ripen in three months. Sowing the seeds in March, the first harvest can be obtained by the end of June.
The plant is short, dwarf, not more than thirty centimeters in height. The bush is compact, the stem is dense, the foliage is not very much. Linda's tomato is known to many for the accuracy of the dense red fruits, which are distinguished by their rounded shapes, good resistance to cold weather and insignificant temperature differences. Insufficient lighting does not have any effect on the quality of the vegetables, but if there is enough light, then the ovary on the bushes will produce some more.
Who has already grown this variety, knows that the bush is literally littered with small tomatoes, whose average weight is between twenty-five and thirty-five grams. The plant bears fruit for a long time - until the end of September. Tomatoes are recommended for fresh consumption, canning, pickling, preparation of salads.
Culture can be successfully grown in pots and balcony boxes, and it is not afraid of unprotected soil conditions. The plant is very popular among gardeners in Ukraine and Moldova.
The advantages and disadvantages of the variety
The main advantages of gardeners include the following characteristics:
- tomato plant does not make any special claims in the care;
- bushes are compact, convenient for cultivation in confined spaces;
- fruits are delicious, are an excellent ingredient for a large number of dishes;
- resistance to cold and cold;
- minimum care for seedlings.
Like most of the nightshade, the crop prefers neutral, fertile, drained soils. Seed material before planting is pre-soaked in a solution of growth biostimulant. Such a measure will help to significantly increase germination. Then the seeds are laid out in a plate, covered with a damp cloth.
Within three days they should have small roots. After that, you can land. It is done simply - seeds are laid out on the surface of the soil and sprinkled with a centimeter layer of earth. The interval between seeds should be about three centimeters.
The containers are covered with plastic wrap and put in a warm place until the first shoots appear. Then the film is allowed to be removed and the boxes moved to the window sill. At night, the temperature in the room should be seventeen degrees Celsius, in the daytime - about twenty-five.
During the growth period, seedlings must be fed with mineral fertilizer compounds. After picking the seedlings, they are also fed at intervals of once every two to three weeks.
If necessary, perform watering using warm water. Transplanted seedlings to a permanent place in May, when the weather is warm.
Care after landing
In a cool period, do not water the bushes often, the dried soil will be considered as a signal to this. In the summer, such a procedure is sufficient to perform at intervals of two to three days.
Like all tomatoes, Linda loves warmth, for this reason she must be located on the south or east side. If the bushes begin to stretch upward, and internodes begin to form between the leaves, then this is a sign that the plant is very hot.
If you grow Linda on a glassed-in balcony and it is hot outside, you need to control the temperature around the plants, which should not exceed thirty degrees. To lower it, you can hang light curtains on the windows, keep the frames ajar. Some owners even carry containers with bushes to a room where it is a bit cooler.
There is one inconvenience - pollinating plants will have to deal with yourself. As soon as the inflorescences unfold, the brush should be gently shaken in the morning. At this stage it is allowed to use the drug Ovary, which helps in the formation of fruits.
Tomato Linda does not need a pasynkovanie, and you will not have to tie up its branches to the supporting posts. During the flowering period and after a couple of weeks, the plants can be fed with mineral fertilizer compounds containing potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. Wood ashes are also used for the same purpose, diluting one spoon with water in an amount of 500 ml.
Diseases and their prevention
Although the plant is resistant to diseases, preventive measures to prevent them will not be superfluous.
In addition, you should closely monitor the condition of the soil, not to re-moisten it during irrigation. Excess moisture can cause some tomato diseases.
If tomato bushes are planted in an apartment, then diseases do not threaten them.
Methods for obtaining seeds
Planting material for the next year can be selected from the largest and ripe fruit. Seeds must be separated from the pulp and dried. But it is safer to buy seeds in a specialty store.
Experienced gardeners, growing Linda on the balcony, pick ripe tomatoes right away so that other vegetables can grow better. If the tomatoes have a sour taste, they should be laid out on the windowsill, and in a few days the taste quality of the fruit will improve significantly.