Sensei tomatoes are a selection product. These tomatoes have earned the recognition of farmers and consumers for their taste and simplicity in the growing process.
- Characteristics of sensei tomato
- Advantages and disadvantages of the variety
- Planting and grooming recommendations
- Pests and diseases
- Cooking applications
Characteristics of sensei tomato
This is an early ripening variety with a high yield. It bears fruit until the frost. From 1 square meter, you can collect up to 6-8 kg of fruit. The last crop can ripen at room temperature.
Sensei's tomato planted outdoors is barely a meter long. But if it grows in a greenhouse, it stretches up to one and a half meters in height. At the same time, it forms few branches and leaves, and its root system is not too extensive. Thanks to this, the bushes can be planted tightly, and they will not take up much space.
Fruits grow in clusters of 3-5 pieces. The weight of a fully formed tomato reaches 400 grams. The shape of the fruit is cordate with ribbing at the base of the peduncle.
The color of these vegetables is scarlet-raspberry, the taste is sweet. Their flesh is juicy, dense, sugary, with a small amount of seeds.
Advantages and disadvantages of the variety
Reviews of the sensei tomato are extremely laudatory. It has a number of undeniable advantages:
- The fruits of this variety are large with excellent taste.
- Unpretentious in care.
- They are immune to various diseases.
- Grow well in areas with different climates.
- The crop is of the same quality when grown in the garden and in the greenhouse.
Of the shortcomings, one can single out only the need to form bushes and carry out regular feeding.
Planting and grooming recommendations
Sensei tomato seeds are planted in early or mid-March, 1.5-2 months before planting sprouts in a greenhouse or garden bed. Before sowing, the seeds are poured with a growth stimulant for 10-12 hours. Purchased seeds do not need to be disinfected, this is done by the manufacturer.
The seeds obtained from the fruits are treated with a solution of salt or Fitosporin.
You can buy soil for seeds in a store, or you can mix it yourself from humus and turf. For greater airiness, sand, peat or wood ash are added to the mixture.
For sowing, you need to take containers 10 cm deep. For this purpose, ordinary pots or peat pots are used. The seeds are placed in holes in the soil 1 cm deep, the distance between the seeds is maintained at 2 cm. After planting, the seeds are sprinkled with earth and immediately watered.
When the first shoots appear, the seedlings are transferred to the window. She needs good lighting. If sunlight is not enough, lamps can be added. Seedlings are watered from a spray bottle as the soil dries out. The water should be warm. Before watering, you need to let it settle.
It is necessary to plant sprouts when 2-3 leaves appear on them. Sprouts are planted in the holes with the addition of complex fertilizer. A distance of 20 cm is observed between the bushes, and half a meter between the rows. As a result, 1 sq. M. 3-4 bushes will grow.
Before planting, you need to make sure that the night frosts are over, and the soil is completely warmed up. It should also be remembered that tomatoes should not be grown in the same soil for 2 years in a row. It is necessary to make an interval between landings for at least three years.
Tomatoes also do not like soil after potatoes and eggplants. In addition, the top layer of last year's soil must be removed, since the larvae of various insects and other parasites overwinter in it.
Watering the bushes of these tomatoes is necessary once a week in the morning. The water should be warm and settled. Watering is done directly under the root. Care must be taken that water does not fall on the stems and leaves, otherwise they will burn out under the sun.
The most comfortable temperature for the sensei variety is 23-25 ° C. Fertilizing should be repeated 3-4 times per season. It is best to alternate fertilizers with phosphorus and potassium. Only with a responsible approach to the feeding process will the fruits turn out to be unusually sweet and juicy.
After the formation of the bushes, it is necessary to sting the side shoots, leaving only 1 or 2 stems. When the fruits appear, the heavy branches must be tied to a support, otherwise they will break under the weight of these large tomatoes.
Pests and diseases
While growing sensei tomatoes, some problems may arise.
Fortunately, tomatoes of this variety are immune to almost all diseases that are susceptible to members of the nightshade family.
But no one is immune from diseases, therefore, preventive measures must be followed:
- airing (if tomatoes grow in a greenhouse);
- regular weeding from weeds;
- spraying with antifungal drugs.
You need to regularly inspect the plants, look under the leaves. If signs of insect pests are found, it is necessary to carry out pest control of the bushes 2-3 times.
If, after examining the plants, slugs are found, you must collect them by hand, and then spray the bushes with a solution of ammonia.
Sensei tomatoes are incredibly tasty fresh. They are perfect for baby and diet food. They are used to prepare thick juice and natural tomato paste.
These tomatoes go well with other vegetables in salads, soups, and vegetable stews.
Sensei tomato-based sauces have a spicy taste. Homemade preparations from these tomatoes will also be a good solution.
The sensei tomato variety was bred in Siberia quite recently, but has already gained popularity throughout the country. It is easy to grow, and you can enjoy the amazing taste of these tomatoes until winter.
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