Linda's tomato is great for fans of "lazy" home plantings. Only on a square meter bed 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 characteristics of tomato Linda
The trait inherent in this early-ripening tomato is considered to be a complete unpretentiousness, an amazing speed of fruiting and 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, in height does not exceed thirty centimeters. The bush is compact, the stem is dense, the foliage is not very much. Linda's tomato is known to many for the tightness of red, dense fruits, 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 vegetables, but if there is enough light, then the ovary on the bushes will produce a little more.
Who has already managed to grow this variety, knows that the bush is literally littered with small tomatoes, the average weight of which ranges from twenty-five to 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, it is not afraid of unprotected soil conditions. The plant is very popular among gardeners of Ukraine and Moldova.
The advantages and disadvantages of the variety
The main advantages of gardeners include the following features:
- 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;
- minimal care of seedlings.
Like most of the nightshade, the culture prefers neutral, fertile, drained soils. Seed material before planting is presoaked in a solution of growth biostimulant. Such a measure will help 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 period of growth, 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.Sowing seeds for seedlings
If necessary, perform watering, using warm water. Transplanted seedlings to a permanent place in May, when the weather is warm.
Departure after landing
In the cool period it is not necessary to 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 heat, for this reason it must be located on the south or east side. If the bushes begin to stretch upwards, 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 frame ajar. Some owners even carry containers with bushes to a room where it is a bit cooler.
There is one inconvenience - the pollination of plants will have to do on their own. 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.Hand pollination
Linda's tomato does not need a pasynkovka, and you will not have to tie up its branches to the supporting poles. During the flowering period and after a couple of weeks, plants can be fed with mineral fertilizer compounds containing potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. Wood ash is 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 distinguished by its resistance 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 the apartment, then the disease does not threaten them.Linda's Tomato Bush in a Pot
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 have the opportunity to grow better. If the tomatoes have a sour taste, they should be laid out on a windowsill, and in a few days the taste quality of the fruit will improve significantly.