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In terms of yield, the Eagle's beak tomato is considered the leader among large-fruited varieties. It is distinguished by its pink color and an unusual shape of the fruit, reminiscent of the beak of a bird. The advantages include the ability to grow the variety in a greenhouse and in the open field.
Description of the variety "Eagle beak"
An unusual salad variety of tomatoes Eagle's beak receives extremely positive reviews from vegetable growers. Everyone notes the taste and excellent yield.
The main characteristics of the variety
A versatile variety created by Siberian breeders, suitable for outdoor cultivation and in all types of film and glass greenhouses. The description of the variety by the producers demonstrates its resistance to temperature extremes and most diseases of nightshade crops. List of characteristics:
- the growing season is from 101 to 115 days, which allows the tomato to be classified as medium early;
- the plant, depending on the planting conditions, can grow from 1.2 to 1.5 meters;
- leaves of medium size. The green mass is small;
- the first ovary is formed above 8-9 permanent leaves;
- the main stem stops growing, forming 8-12 inflorescences;
- the yield rate for the variety is the collection of 6-8 kg of tomato from the bush;
- green tomatoes ripen well at home without loss of taste.
The variety belongs to an intermediate type of semi-determinant plants, capable of producing a bountiful harvest with a shorter growth period. Similar characteristics of the Eagle's Beak tomato are appreciated by gardeners. But they are the ones that require additional care when growing.
The salad variety has excellent fruit quality:
- tomatoes are beautiful, raspberry-pink in color, with a smooth, thin, shiny skin;
- the pulp is juicy, quite dense, there are few seeds;
- the taste is sweet, with a slight sourness;
- the shape of the fruit resembles a powerful, slightly curved bird's beak;
- fruits are very large, especially in the initial stage of fruiting, individual specimens of tomatoes Eagle's beak gain weight up to 800 g;
- at the next stages, the fruits are smaller, but on average they range from 200-400 g, which is an excellent indicator.
Tomatoes are suitable for making salads, tomato puree, various kinds of winter preparations. But it is best to eat fresh tomatoes. The hostesses leave rave reviews about Eagle's Beak tomatoes and their taste.
In semi-determinant varieties, the formation of flowering brushes on the planted seedlings should not be allowed. The growth and survival of the plant is inhibited. If the brushes were formed before transplanting into the ground, then it is better to remove them.
Semi-determinant varieties are very productive, but demanding to care for.
It all starts with seedlings
The foundation for a good harvest is laid by growing strong, seasoned seedlings.
- Tomatoes are planted in a permanent place 60-70 days after germination.
- Taking into account whether tomatoes will grow in a greenhouse or on the street, the date of planting seeds for seedlings is calculated.
- This tomato variety can be planted in the greenhouse in the first decade of May. We begin to germinate seeds in early March.
- It is customary to plant tomatoes in open ground in late May, early June. In this case, we prepare the seeds for planting at the end of March.
- Traditionally, they are treated with a manganese solution and a growth stimulant.
- Sow to a depth of 2 cm and germinate at 23-25 degrees.
- Plants can be dived when a second permanent leaf appears.
- It is important to ensure that there is sufficient lighting to avoid pulling the stems out.
Further care comes down to watering, loosening the topsoil and top dressing.
Semi-determinant plants often produce large numbers of fruits to the detriment of root development and vegetative mass. To prevent premature growth arrest, tomatoes should be intensively fed.
Disembarkation to a permanent place
Such features of the variety as the large weight of the tomatoes and the height of the plant require reliable support and an obligatory garter. Moreover, the stem is not powerful enough to hold a significant harvest. You will have to spend extra time forming the bush.
- Seedlings are planted in the ground at two months of age, using a planting scheme of 50 x 40. It is not recommended to plant more than three plants per square meter.
- It is imperative that reliable supports are installed and the stem is tied up.
- Care comes down to watering, fertilizing and measures to form a bush.
- When a plant with two stems is formed, a stepson is left, located below the first formed brush. 3-4 brushes are left on the main stem, 2 more brushes on the additional one and the shoot is pinched. The plant can provide full formation and development of no more than 8-12 brushes.
- If it is decided to leave only one stem, then 1-2 stepsons are kept in the upper part of the plant. If the main stem stops growing, growth continues with reserve shoots. All extra stepsons are removed.
- To prevent early growth arrest, the 4 largest tomatoes are left in the first two clusters. The rest of the clusters are formed from 4-8 fruits, removing all deformed ovaries.
- Plant growth can be supported by timely feeding and frequent root watering.
The variety is distinguished by good resistance to diseases and, when receiving quality care, will respond to care and attention with a decent harvest.