Large and fragrant tomatoes can be obtained by growing pink elephant variety tomatoes. This is an original variety, which, with proper watering and care, gives a stable crop of tomatoes.
Descriptionvarieties. This is a mid-season variety that allows you to collect from one square meter of planting up to 7-8 kg of large fruits.
Descriptionbush. The shrub reaches a height of up to 1.5 m, and 3–4 tomatoes ripen on the hands. Fruits usually reach weight from 300 grams to 1 kg, and, on the lower branches, tomatoes are usually much larger than on the top.
Fruit Characteristic. Tomatoes have a rounded flat shape with a dense skin that is not rigid. Fleshy dark pink fruits with a small amount of seeds and characteristic sugar pulp have a sweet taste. This variety of tomatoes does not contain sourness, and the composition is rich in amino acids.
Description of the characteristics of the variety. The Pink Elephant Tomatoes were created thanks to the work of Russian breeders; as a result of the work of scientists, a thermophilic variety was obtained, excellent for transportation. Tomatoes of this variety are suitable for planting in greenhouses, and in case of insufficient temperature, tomatoes planted in open ground should be covered with foil.
Characteristics of use in food. The tomato is suitable both for preservation and various preparations, and for the fresh use.
Characteristics of the merits of the variety. Among the advantages worth noting:
- relative resistance of plants to the main diseases,
- high yield
- the size of the fruit.
Characteristics of the shortcomings of the variety. Considering all the advantages of the variety, it is worth noting that it has several disadvantages:
- high demands on care: watering, temperature and dressing,
- the need to form a bush.
Description of the stages of planting tomatoes "Pink Elephant"
Breeding Start by sowing seeds, the best time for this is the second half of March. It is possible to use both special containers and deep pots with a pallet and drainage holes. Before you start sowing, purchased seeds must be left in the growth stimulator for 10-12 hours, and the collected seeds should be disinfected, for example, with potassium permanganate solution.
Freshly harvested seeds are best left to lie down in a dry warm place for 2–3 years, then the germination rate increases several times, unlike the sowing material collected in the same season. For planting it is necessary to prepare containers with compacted substrate of equal parts of the earth and humus with a small amount of ash and river sand.
Tomato Seeds land at a depth of 2 cm, watering is carried out by spraying, warm water is suitable for watering. After planting, containers need to be covered with a film and moved to a warm place. As soon as the tomatoes sprout, the temperature should be maintained at +16 degrees, for this purpose the film is not removed, but periodic airing is carried out. In addition, you need to provide bright lighting and regular watering.
Characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of tomatoes "Pink Elephant"
Among the characteristics of tomatoes "Pink Elephant" - their thermophilicity, as well as the possibility of growing in greenhouses. And if you plant them on open bedsthen take care of the film cover. Tomatoes are stored well and can be transported. The fruits are juicy and large, they belong to the salad variety of this variety.
"Pink Elephant" can be used in the kitchen as follows:
- when preparing snacks
- salads and other dishes
- tomato paste
- other preservation.
If you comply with all the norms of agricultural technology when growing tomatoes in a greenhouse or in the open field, then the representatives of this variety will be of high quality and very tasty.
Among the benefits varieties note its characteristics:
- large size
- original taste
- the flesh is sweet and meaty,
- from one bush you can get up to 4 kilograms of vegetables,
- the variety is resistant to late blight and other key tomato diseases,
- practically not affected by dangerous insects.
Also, the pink elephant tomatoes have their drawbacks, for example:
- you need to carefully form a high sprawling bush
- high temperature requirements
- special irrigation conditions
- dressing you need to choose only quality.
Description of the variety "Pink Elephant"
Description of tomatoes in this variety is as follows:
- "Pink Elephant" - is a mid-grade large-fruited tomato variety,
- determinant bush height of 1.5 in height
- needs cracking,
- green mass is formed moderately
- a leaf of small size, dark green, potato,
- 3-4 fruits ripen in small brushes,
- from a square meter of vegetable garden you can get up to 8 kilograms of selected tomatoes.
If you decide to grow tomatoes of this variety for the first time, then their description can be read on the package with seeds and see photos of future fruits in the same place.
After germination of seedlings, you can taste the fruits after about 100-115 days. For the Pink Elephant variety, greenhouse conditions are the most comfortable. Also suitable for outdoor use., but only under the film cover.
Best of all this variety is suitable for growing for personal needs. And these tomatoes can be stored for a long time due to its dense structure.
To achieve the best results and to grow high-quality large fruits, it is necessary to form tomatoes in one stalk during the entire period. Therefore, numerous side shoots (or stepchildren) need to constantly break off.
If we talk about the external description of the fruit "Pink Elephant", then one bush can form about 8 fruits. Moreover, one vegetable can weigh up to 300 grams, but there were instances that, when ripe, weighed about a kilogram.
Ripe tomatoes are round and flattened at the bottom. Tomato peel dense and has a glossy surface. The color description is:
- dark pink color monotonous without stains - ripe fruit,
- green with a dark spot - unripe tomatoes.
But the pulp is juicy and has a minimum of seeds, which is sugary on a break. Taste can be described as sweet and rich and delicious, sourness is absent. It contains a lot of sugar and a large number of amino acids.
In order to develop tomato bushes well, it is recommended to plant only two bushes on one square meter. As a result, from such a plot you will get up to 8 kilograms of good harvest.
How to grow pink elephant variety tomatoes
Sow Tomato Seeds This variety for seedlings is needed in the second half of March. It is best to take special containers with lids for this purpose, but if they are not there, conventional deep containers with pallets and drainage holes will do. Seeds before sowing need to soak in a growth stimulator for about 10-12 hours.
For the beginning, we disinfect the seeding material that you collected yourself by holding potassium permanganate in a pink solution for half an hour.
For planting, it is best to take the seeds collected about two or three years ago, the main characteristic of which is almost one hundred percent germination. To grow tomatoes "Pink elephant" you need to use the soil, composed in equal proportions of layers of garden soil and humus. To such a substrate can add a little wood ash and river sand.
The description of the following actions is:
- tamp the resulting soil in prepared containers
- we plant seeds with a two-centimeter depth,
- Spray this planting with warm water, cover with foil and place in heat,
- when shoots appear, the film is removed, and the room temperature is reduced to 15 degrees,
- keep them in this mode for a week, and then the temperature rises to the usual room. This will strengthen the immune system of the plant and will be able to increase the yield of tomatoes,
- when growing moderately water the plants with warm water and provide them with bright light,
- When the first pair of true leaves unfolds, the tomatoes need to be swooped down in separate containers. Then feed them with complex diluted fertilizer. If the sprouts are elongated and pale, apply some fertilizer with a nitrogen content,
- in the second half of May, the pink elephant tomatoes are transplanted into a greenhouse, and closer to the beginning of summer they are transported to open ground.
The soil by this time should be completely warm, observe the requirements for the number of planted plants in order to get a good harvest in the end. As the plant grows, the plant itself and the branches with tomatoes need to be tied to the supports. This is done through rods or stakes, but it will be more convenient to grow tall bushes on the trellis.
Water the plant moderatelyIn this case, the water should be warm and separated. Between irrigation the soil needs to be loosened so that the air gets better to the roots. To feed the plant with mineral fertilizers need about four times during the season.
Before flowering, it is necessary to use nitrogen-containing complexes for fertilizing, and when ovaries are formed, add magnesium sulfate and superphosphate. Once a month, but not more often, fertilizing with organic matter is allowed.
Variety diseases and pest management
This variety is quite stable against diseases.but minimal preventive measures still need to be carried out.
Before planting the plant, the ground should be poured with a solution of copper sulfate or potassium permanganate for the purpose of disinfection. Weeds need to be removed in time, as well as regularly loosen the soil, this will prevent the appearance of vertex, gray or root rot.
Watering representatives of this class is carried out only with warm water, and only when the top layer of soil dries out. For these tomatoes is very dangerous is frequent waterlogging. After watering, it is recommended to ventilate the greenhouse so that the air humidity can be reduced.
To keep the permissible moisture level and prevent water stagnation, put a drip irrigation system, also do not forget about mulching the soil with peat, humus or straw.
A dangerous disease for tomatoes "Pink elephant" during fruiting is blight. It can be identified by dark spots on both the leaves and the fruits themselves. Upon detection of such they need to be treated with special preparations. Also, the appearance of stains on tomatoes can be due to an insufficient amount of potassium in the soil. The problem can be solved by fertilization into the soil.
But getting rid of malicious insects can be such means as:
- industrial insecticides,
- broth celandine
- onion peel.
All this helps to effectively deal with whitefly, thrips and spider mites. But with aphids struggling by washing the affected part of the tomato with warm soapy water. But naked slugs need to be collected manually, the plants are sprayed with a solution of ammonia with water.
Another method of pest control is the use of companion plants. Together with the tomatoes in the greenhouse you can plant herbs, which are good at deterring pests, among them:
So, we got acquainted with the description of the variety of tomatoes "Pink Elephant". It is very demanding in terms of care, but if you do everything right, you end up with a rich harvest of large and tasty tomatoes.
Description and distinctive features of the variety
This is a mid-season variety, which is distinguished by large size of the bush and fruits. The plant grows up to 1.3-1.5 m in height. The leaves are medium, dark green in color, a bit like a potato. The green mass is growing at a moderate pace, but you can’t do without staving.
After 110-115 days after the seeds “got tangled,” the first fruits appear in a bush, gathered in small (3-4 pieces) brushes. Weight ranges from 0.3-1 kg. The largest sprout on the lower branches. They are distinguished by a solid dark pink color without any blotches or stains. In appearance, these vegetables are round, but slightly flattened, and in the area of the stem, characteristic ribs are clearly visible. If you cut a tomato, then you will find that the seeds inside are quite small, and on the breaks of the lobules there are parts of sugar.
Tastes are also at the height: juicy, fleshy pulp on the sample turns out to be sweet, without the “sourness” inherent in many varieties. As for the skin, it is dense, but in moderation - without unnecessary rigidity.
Advantages and disadvantages
A plant with such a description is of great interest among the owners of cottages and gardens. But even before buying seeds, it is worth paying attention to both the strengths of the variety and its weaknesses. Without mentioning them, the characteristic would be incomplete, so we will try to find out exactly what the pink elephant line tomatoes are good at, and what they are inferior to other tomatoes.
Among the many arguments for the most often cited:
- enviable taste,
- thick sweet flesh
- high yield (3-4 kg from a bush),
- long shelf life and high transportability (due to dense peel),
- good immunity to [/ url], including fungal,
- resistance to pest attacks. They rarely threaten such "giants."
People with experience know that large varieties require constant care. This is expressed in the need:
- regular and careful formation of the bush (pasynkovanie, shtambovanie and garters),
- timely watering and fertilizing. To give, which is visited once a week, such tomatoes are clearly not suitable,
- providing temperature conditions. Large tomatoes with their dimensions remain quite delicate plants.
If such difficulties do not scare away and the decision to take over the landing remains unchanged, you can stock up on seeds.
Seeds are better to start up in the middle or at the end of March. An earlier sowing may not be effective - the “February” pots (especially in the northern regions) may end up empty. A significant role is played by external factors, especially climate. If the house is warm and the weather is already sunny, you can get ready for work. But barely warm batteries along with “eternal winter” outside the window will not be the best “start”, and then to stimulate growth you will have to turn on the lamp for a long time.
Capacity and soil
As a container, large pots with drainage holes or wide containers with transparent lids will fit. The presence of a pallet is mandatory.
Good ground is half the battle. It is sold in stores, but you can prepare the substrate with your own hands:
- garden soil is mixed with humus in equal proportions. It takes exactly the humus, fresh manure will simply burn the tender seeds,
- for the best effect fill a layer of river sand or wood ash (2-3 cm will be enough). Be sure to mix them with soil until smooth,
- at the very end, the soil under the seedlings tightly tamped.
When buying a bag of seeds, pay attention to their “age” - the best germination comes from material collected 2-3 seasons ago.
To begin, they are carefully examined, discarding the damaged material. For greater certainty, “self-assembly” can be tested in a simple way. The seeds for 30-40 minutes are placed in a container filled with a weak solution of potassium permanganate, and monitor their reaction. Those that went to the bottom, definitely suitable for seedlings. At the same time they are disinfected with permanganate.
Immediately before sowing, the selected material is soaked for 8-12 hours in special growth stimulants. Most often for these purposes use such compositions:
- "Kornevin" (1 g of powder is enough for 1 l of liquid),
- "Zircon" at the rate of 1-2 drops per 300 ml of water,
- "Epin-extra." The same pair of drops is diluted in 100 ml of water.
Sowing seeds: the pattern and depth
The treated seeds are planted in already rammed and prepared soil.
For the future "elephant" scheme provides an interval between seeds of 2.5-3 cm. In large containers it is recommended to withstand a row spacing of 3-4 cm.
The depth of the holes is from 1.5 to 2 cm. After planting, the seeds are carefully filled with soil, and immediately followed by first watering with warm water using a sprayer. Then the container is covered with transparent covers, glass or film (only it should not touch the ground).
Capacities with seedlings are immediately transferred to a warm, dry place. Before the appearance of the first sprouts, the temperature will be optimal at 18-20 ° C. All this time, the film is rarely removed (the only exception is watering).
Shoots usually appear on the 7-10th day. Then the coating is removed, and the container is transferred to a place with a constant temperature of 15-17 ° C. After 6-7 days, such “quenching” seedlings can be returned to the room with the usual temperature for the dwelling.
Of course, the main requirements for this period are abundant light and watering of medium intensity (warm, but not hot water).
It boils down to the same measures: ensuring water balance, heat and light conditions.
The soil should not be crusted, but the wetting of the substrate is undesirable. All this time it is necessary to spray water, rather than pouring it in a direct stream (which breaks the earthy lump and can wash the seeds).
Here it is important to “catch” the balance between light and water — if there is not enough light, then the frequency of watering will decrease.
A separate topic is the pick. It is carried out after the seedlings "beat off" a pair of true leaves. It is done this way:
- seedlings are carefully dug out with a special mini spatula. To prevent damage to the stem, hold them by the leg,
- когда растение уже извлечено из грунта, осторожно укоротите центральный корень ножничками, оставив от всего корневища порядка 2/3,
- в «пересадочном» горшке делается неглубокая луночка (примерно на уровне точки роста, которая прощупывается немного выше корня). The plant can be “besieged” and 4-5 mm deeper than this guideline,
- lightly ramming layer, sprinkle the seedlings with earth,
- It remains to pour it and move it to a shaded place (for 2-3 days).
Before this, read the instructions or consult with the seller - "bust" is also harmful.
Terms of transplantation
Too much hurry with such work is not worth it - you have to wait until the risk of repeated frosts goes to zero.
But the heat-loving variety is very sensitive to the heating of the soil. Therefore, the best time to transfer to open beds will be the very end of May - the beginning of June (even in temperate climates). You can not wait, planting tomatoes already at the beginning or middle of May. Although in such cases, the seedlings on the site, it is desirable to cover the film.
The easiest way is for owners of capital, heated greenhouses - the “elephant” can be transferred there in April.
The dimensions of the holes for seedlings are known to everyone who has ever encountered the cultivation of tomatoes - for a “tall” variety, you will need to dig a cube with sides of about 20-25 cm.
As for the scheme itself, it implies an aisle of 50 cm with an interval between bushes of 40-45 cm. That is, for 1 square meter. m you can put 2-3 seedlings (four on such a "latka" will be closely).
Watering and loosening
Rapidly growing roots and abundant green mass necessitated frequent and abundant watering. The first is done right during planting, after the ground at the rhizome is only primped up. Only warm water is used. In the summer you may need 2-3 approaches per week. The usual “dose” for a single bush is 10 l. Most often it is ordinary water, but there is one trick that will emphasize the firm "sugar content" of fruits: in a 10-liter bucket filled with water, one more cup of ash and 1 tbsp. Is diluted. l salt. Under the bushes themselves make 0.5 liters of this solution.
The “focus” is simple but effective (although on dense salt marshes it is better to refuse such additives). On complex soils, it is better to add slurry or herbal mass settled in a barrel. For the same 10 l you need to take 1 l of any of these "ingredients", and the plant will respond well to such moisture.
Loosening after each watering is necessary, otherwise the roots will “steam up”, which will immediately affect growth. With weeds the same situation - they are removed immediately, not allowing them to grow to large sizes.
Masking and shaping the bush
Care for tall bushes is unthinkable without these manipulations.
Pysynok removed as early as possible, on letting them grow more than 2.5-3 cm. Wounds left in the sinuses, overgrown very quickly.
To get a good harvest, the bush is formed into one stem. At the same time, 3-4 brushes and a leaf growing above the uppermost one are left. The growth point located above it is carefully pinned. Some grow "elephants" in two stalks. In such cases, 2-3 brushes are left on each of them, and the growth point is pinched above the sheet formed after the highest brush.
As they grow, bushes with heavy tomatoes are necessarily tied to supports.
In the beginning, these can be pegs or rods - their growing seedlings will be enough. But it is much more practical to drive tubes and pull the tapestries into several levels (usually 3-4 rows are allowed).
Starting from mid-June, a daily inspection of the “plantation” is desirable - the stem is loading not only the branches, but also the growing heavy fruits. If necessary, the garter is immediately held with soft string (hard wire can damage the branches or stick into the stalks).
During the season 3-4 “portions” of complex mineral fertilizers are applied. They can be “spread out” in time, but one such feed must necessarily fall on the time of formation of the ovary.
Keep in mind that before flowering, the emphasis is on nitrogen compounds, whereas after the appearance of the ovary, superphosphate and magnesium sulfate are used. The dosage is usually indicated in the instructions.
A good effect is also provided by the monthly foliar application of homemade “organic”. To make such a solution is easy:
- In 1 liter of boiling water is added 1 cup of ash.
- Then the "mix" is allowed to stand for 2 days.
- The mixture is filtered and diluted with a small amount of water.
- Spray the stems and leaves. Ideal if the procedure is carried out during the flowering period.
We learned what the pink elephant line tomato is notable for; we studied the characteristics of large tomatoes and the general description of the variety. We hope these data will help our readers to get an unprecedented harvest of these impressive vegetables. Successes in the garden!
Characteristics of the proper care of tomatoes
As soon as the first pair of leaves appears, the tomatoes begin to swoop down and replant in separate pots. Peaked tomatoes need to be fed complex fertilizer. Depending on the condition of the plants, if the shoots are too pale, then additional nitrogen fertilizers should be added. Around mid-May, tomatoes can be transplanted in open ground, but be sure to cover them with film, by mid-June, the film can be removed.
Tomatoes should be planted in open ground at the rate of two plants per 1 square. m., so, in the future, maximum yield will be ensured. As the tomatoes grow, they must be tied to supports. At the beginning of flowering, the bush of a plant must be formed, that is, remove excess branches, small and deformed brushes. The next stage in the formation of a bush is to remove excess flowers, about 3-4 flowers should remain per brush. Tomatoes "Pink Elephant", planted in open ground, are regularly loosened to provide air access and watered with separated warm water. During the growth and flowering period, for the whole season, the plants need to be fed, this should be done 3-4 times.
Before flowering nitrogen fertilizers are applied that accelerate the growth of plants. After the formation of flowers, they are fed with magnesium sulfate or superphosphate. Once a month you can additionally use organic fertilizers. A detailed description of the feeding scheme of tomatoes is given below.
Description of the scheme of feeding tomatoes
We describe the approximate scheme of feeding tomatoes. After the pickled tomatoes are planted in separate tanks, a solution is prepared from 1 liter of water and a teaspoon of nitrophobia, the seedlings are watered with this solution, and re-watered after 10 days. Nitrophoska is a complex fertilizer based on three components: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, sometimes manufacturers add additional products to the composition, you can find out about this if you carefully read the description of the composition on the package.
Before planting in open ground, the soil is disinfected by irrigation with a solution of manganese potassium. After transplantation in open ground, after about 14 days, the following solution is prepared for irrigation: 1 tablespoon of superphosphate and potassium sulfate is dissolved in a ten-liter bucket of water. At the same time, superphosphate can be applied not only in liquid, but also in dry form. To do this, a tablespoon of fertilizer is poured into the well of each tomato, lightly sprinkled with earth, and all the plants are well watered.
A week after fertilization with superphosphate, you can water the plants with a weak solution of manganese, and 10 days after this, a solution of 15 grams of ammonium nitrate and 10 liters of water is prepared and also irrigated. As soon as the plant appeared ovaries - it is possible to feed with azofoska, for which dissolve 25 grams of fertilizer in a ten-liter bucket and irrigate the tomatoes.
Particular attention should be paid to watering Pink Elephant variety tomatoes in greenhouses. Watering is done only with warm water, and after that the greenhouse is well ventilated so that air humidity does not increase. Tomatoes of this variety are extremely sensitive to over-wetting, so you should follow the watering schedule, if the upper crust of the earth has not dried yet, then watering should be postponed.
To control soil over-wetting can also be mulched. Mulch, the natural layer of soil, is usually straw, peat or leaves. Mulching prevents the emergence of weeds, maintains temperature, humidity. For tomatoes, you can use straw, which is laid in a layer of 10 cm and settles after about half the thickness.
Characteristics of the main pests and control
The most popular disease that suffers not only the variety "Pink Elephant", but all tomatoes, without exception, is late blight. When the disease appears on the leaves and fruits, dark spots appear. The treatment should be carried out in two stages: apply potassium-containing fertilizers to the soil, spray the plants with copper-containing preparations. Processing the stems and leaves will destroy the disease, and fertilizing the soil will increase the potassium content in it, since it is its lack that increases the likelihood of plant disease. Characteristics and description of the composition of fertilizers can be found on the packaging.
To prevent the appearance of insect pests parsley, dill or mint are planted with tomatoes in the greenhouse, such aromatic herbs scare away pests. If insects have already appeared, you can treat the plants with a decoction of chamomile, onion peel or celandine. In this way, insects such as the whitefly, thrips and spider mites can be dealt with. To remove aphids, plants are washed with a mild soap-based solution. If slugs appeared on tomatoes, then after they are harvested by hand, tomatoes are treated with a light solution of ammonia.
With all the rules of care, tomatoes "Pink Elephant" - high-yielding plants with fragrant, large and fleshy tomatoes.
Pink Elephant Tomatoes: variety description
"Pink Elephant" - large-fruited mid-season variety. The bush is determinant, it reaches 1.5 m in height, requires pasynkovaniya. Moderate formation of green mass, potato leaf, medium-sized, dark green. Fruits ripen in small clusters of 3-4 pieces. From 1 square. m landings you can get 7-8 kg of selected tomatoes.
Fruits are large, weighing from 300 g to 1 kg. On the lower branches of the tomatoes are larger. The form is flattened-rounded, with pronounced ribbing at the stem. The skin is dense, but not rigid, reliably protecting the fruit from cracking.
Color is dark pink, monophonic, without spots. The flesh is fleshy, juicy, with a small number of seeds, sugary at the break. Delicious taste, rich and sweet, without sourness. High content of sugars and beneficial amino acids.
See below - Pink Elephant Tomato photo:
Origin and Application
Pink Elephant Tomatoes - variety, bred by Russian breeders, intended for cultivation in different regions. The tomato is thermophilic, suitable for planting in greenhouses. When planting on open beds requires film cover. Harvested tomatoes are well kept, transportation is possible.
Juicy and large fruits belong to the salad variety. They can be eaten fresh, used to prepare various dishes, from snacks to juices. Ripe tomatoes make delicious sauces, mashed potatoes and juices, which you can drink freshly squeezed or canned.
Features of growing
Sowing seeds for seedlings begins in the second half of March. It is convenient to use special containers with lids, but any deep container with drainage holes and a tray fits.
Before sowing, seeds are soaked in a growth stimulator for 10-12 hours. It is recommended to disinfect seeds collected independently, dropping a half hour into a pink solution of potassium permanganate. It is better to use the seeds collected 2-3 years ago, they are distinguished by almost one hundred percent germination.
For the cultivation of tomatoes "Pink Elephant" soil is made up of a mixture of garden soil with humus in equal proportions. You can add a little river sand and wood ash to the substrate. The soil is compacted tightly in containers, the seeds are planted with a depth of 2 cm. Plants are sprayed with warm water, covered with foil and placed in heat.
After the emergence of shoots the film is removed, the temperature drops to 15-16 degrees. This mode lasts 5-7 days, then the temperature rises to normal room temperature. The procedure strengthens the immune system of plants and increases the future yield. For successful development, tomatoes need a bright light and moderate watering with warm water.
After unfolding the first pair of these leaves, tomatoes swoop in separate containers. Then the tomatoes are fed diluted complex fertilizer. If the shoots look pale and stretched, it is worthwhile to add a small portion of nitrogenous fertilizers.
In the greenhouse, the pink elephant variety of tomato is transplanted in the second half of May; seedlings are moved to the open beds later, closer to June.
The soil should be completely warm. On 1 square. m can accommodate no more than 2 plants, thickening plantings greatly reduces the yield. As the plants grow, branches and fruits are tied to supports. You can use rods or stakes, but it is much more convenient to grow tall bushes on the trellis.
In order for the fruits to be large, it is recommended to remove the stepsons, forming the plant in one stem. On each brush 3-4 flowers are left, the deformed and small ones are removed. Watering moderate, warm settled water. In between, the soil is loosened for better air access to the roots. During the season, tomatoes need to be fed 3-4 times with mineral fertilizers.
Before the beginning of flowering, nitrogen-containing complexes are used, after the formation of ovaries, superphosphate or magnesium sulfate should be applied. You can feed the bushes with organic matter, but do it no more than 1 time per month.
Diseases and pests
The variety is sufficiently resistant to diseases, but without minimal preventive measures can not do. Before planting, the soil is shed with a solution of potassium permanganate or copper sulfate for disinfection. To avoid the emergence of root, gray or apical rot, weeds are removed in a timely manner, and the soil is loosened.
Watering an Elephant Pink variety tomato is only needed with warm water, after the topsoil has dried out. Permanent waterlogging is dangerous for tomatoes. After watering, it is recommended to ventilate the greenhouse to reduce the humidity of the air.
Establishing a drip irrigation system and mulching the soil with straw, humus or peat will help to maintain the normal level of humidity and prevent stagnation of water.
When growing a pink elephant tomato during fruiting, late blight can threaten the tomatoes. Having noticed dark spots on the fruit or leaves, it is necessary to process the plantings with copper preparations abundantly. Fruit spotting may be caused by a lack of potassium in the soil. Applying a portion of fertilizer quickly solves the problem.
To get rid of insect pests by using industrial insecticides, decoctions of celandine, onion peel or chamomile. These funds are excellent for spider mites, whitefly, thrips. You can get rid of aphids by washing the affected parts of tomatoes with warm soapy water. Bare slugs are harvested by hand, the plants are sprayed with an aqueous solution of ammonia.
Large and elegant pink tomatoes enjoy the deserved love of gardeners. As you can see from the description of the tomato "Pink Elephant" - the variety is quite demanding to care, but responds willingly with care and attention, demonstrating an enviable yield. Seeds for subsequent plantings can be harvested on their own, from the most ripe tomatoes.
"Pink Elephant" - the brainchild of Russian breeders, who are almost 20 years old. Registered in the State Register in 1998, the variety is intended mainly for cultivation in polycarbonate or glass greenhouses, although vegetable growers in the southern regions have accumulated extensive and quite successful experience of growing it in garden beds. “Pink elephant” is a lettuce-type tomato, so its fruits are almost always consumed fresh. Of course, if you wish, you can squeeze juice out of them or make sauces and ketchups, but such use of the most beautiful delicious tomatoes is simply impractical, and the juice from them is very thick and noticeably sweet, which not everyone likes.
On each bush of the "Pink Elephant" an average of 7-9 fruits ripen. Tomatoes of this variety are rather heavy, most of them weigh 250-300 g, while individual fruits from the first brush (with favorable temperature conditions and good feeding) can reach a mass of 0.8-1.1 kg.
The shape of the tomatoes is flat-rounded, smooth at the top, ribbed near the stem. The skin on the fruit is glossy, fairly dense, but not at all tough, crimson or deep pink in color, at the base there is sometimes a pale green stain on it. The pulp of tomatoes is very fleshy, with a low content of seeds, sugary on the fault. The taste of the pulp is rich, exquisitely sweet, without the characteristic "tomato" sourness.
The merits of the variety
"Pink Elephant" deservedly received a lot of positive feedback from vegetable growers. First of all, amateur gardeners praise this variety for:
- large size, elegant appearance and brightness of fruit color,
- great taste
- good yield and high disease resistance.
Крупные, красивые, ярко-розовые салатные помидоры всегда пользуются особым спросом на рынке, поэтому выращивание томатов сорта «Розовый слон», может из хобби перерасти в маленький, но весьма доходный семейный бизнес.
История выведения и описание томата сорта Розовый слон
Сорт Розовый слон был выведен специалистами селекционно-семеноводческой фирмы «Гисок» в 90-х годах XX века. After conducting a state test, it was included in the Register of Breeding Achievements as a crop approved for cultivation under film shelters in garden plots and in backyard or small farms of all regions of the country. Nearly 20 years after creation, the variety is very popular among Russian gardeners. In the northern areas it is planted in greenhouses, and in the south it shows good results in open ground.
The variety of tomatoes Pink elephant has been cultivated by gardeners of our country for almost 20 years
Pink elephant is a semi-determinant variety of tomatoes, which is a shrub 1.3–1.5 m high with dark green, potato-like leaves and inflorescences of an intermediate type. His first fruit brush is formed at the height of the 7th leaf, the next after 1–2 leaves.
The fruits of the pink elephant are flat-round, slightly ribbed at the base. When fully ripe, they acquire a rich pink color and sweet, with a slightly sour taste. The pulp is fleshy, sugar on a break. The average weight of tomatoes is about 280 g, and the maximum can reach 400 g The number of seed chambers - more than 4.
Pink elephant reaches removable ripeness after 112 days after the appearance of full shoots. Its fruits are often consumed fresh, but with a large crop, they can be used to make sauces and juice. They are not suitable only for whole-canning: tomatoes of this size simply will not fit in a jar, and it is not very convenient to eat them.
From the fruits of the variety Pink Elephant prepare delicious salads
Productivity varieties high. In greenhouses and greenhouses, from 6 m2 of plantings, 6.2–8.2 kg of fruits with good product quality are removed. In open ground, this indicator decreases slightly.
There is a Pink Elephant and disadvantages. Among them:
- lack of immunity to common fungal infections,
- short shelf life of fruits
- poor transportability.
Pink elephant is most often grown through seedlings. Her seeding is done 65–70 days before the planned landing on a permanent place. You can speed up seed germination by soaking them for 2–3 hours in aloe juice or warm water with Epin added (0.5 ml per 100 g of water). Purchase soil for tomatoes and a mixture of equal parts of humus and sod land with the addition of ash (1 cup per bucket) will be perfect for growing seedlings from the autumn.
Growing seedlings includes several steps:
- The prepared seeds are laid out on the surface of well-moistened soil and covered with a layer of earth 1 cm thick. For this purpose it is convenient to use plastic disposable containers.
For planting tomatoes convenient to use plastic disposable containers
Central heating battery - the best place for seed germination
Tomato seedling grows well only with enough sunlight
The pick helps to strengthen the root system of tomatoes
Seedlings are watered only after the lower leaves begin to lose elasticity.. It is important not to overmoisten it. This can cause the development of a very dangerous disease - the black leg.
For rapid growth Pink Elephant needs a lot of nitrogen. To prevent its shortage will help the regular application of complex fertilizers, created specifically for seedlings (for example, Agricola or Fertik). They feed the first dressing one week after the pick, and then repeat it every 10–14 days.
The seedlings are planted on a permanent place after the earth warms up to + 15 ° C, and 5–7 leaves and at least one flower brush are formed on the seedlings. The layout is 50 × 50 cm, or 4 plants per 1 m 2. If it is planned to grow 2 or 3 stems, then the number of tomatoes per 1 m 2 is reduced to 2.
Care of adult plants
Pink elephant needs compulsory bush formation. This procedure significantly increases the yield and accelerates the ripening of fruits. Seed producers recommend growing the variety in one stem, removing all stepchildren. With this method of formation, the top of the main shoot is not pinched and all floral brushes formed on it are left.
The formation of the bushes of the Pink Elephant in one stem greatly facilitates their care.
Some gardeners grow pink elephant in 2-3 stem, which increases the number of ovaries and lengthens the duration of fruiting. The main feature of this method is that on the bush, in addition to the main stem, they leave 1–2 lateral stepsons that grew out of the lowermost sinuses. All other shoots, including those grown on additional stems, must be removed.
Unfortunately, diseases do not bypass this variety. Late blight is especially dangerous for it - a fungal infection that develops with high humidity and lack of heat. To combat it, plants are treated with fungicidal agents such as:
Treatment of tomato bushes with chemicals is stopped after the formation of ovaries.
Used to prevent the development of late blight and folk remedies. For example:
- Garlic infusion. 200 g of garlic (you can use both heads and green parts of the plant) chop and pour 2 liters of water. After 2 days, the infusion is filtered and diluted with water so that you get about 10 liters of water. To enhance the effect, 1/2 tsp is added to it. potassium permanganate and some household soap.
- Milk and dairy products (kefir or whey). They are diluted with water in the ratio of 1:10, adding a few drops of iodine.
- A solution of iodine (5 mg per 10 liters of water) or salt (1 cup per bucket).
Prepared without the use of chemicals solutions sprayed plants throughout the growing season with an interval of 2-3 weeks.
The grade the Pink elephant needs regular watering
Abundant fruiting variety Pink Elephant is not possible without enough water and nutrients. But it is important to comply with the measure. Excessive humidity often leads to cracking of the fruit and can cause the development of fungal diseases, so they water the plants only after the soil dries out, preventing water from entering the green parts of the bush.
To increase the yield, plantings are fed with complex fertilizers for tomatoes 1-2 times per month:
They can be replaced by self-cooked bread kvass. The finished infusion is diluted with water in a ratio of 1: 5 and used for watering. The first time bread kvass is used immediately after fruit set. In the future, fertilizing is repeated 2–3 times per season.
When growing tomatoes in the greenhouse, you may have problems with their pollination
Gardeners often complain of poor pink elephant's uptake rate when grown in greenhouses. The following measures will help to cope with this problem:
- observance of temperature conditions favorable for pollination (from + 13 ° C to + 30 ° C),
- leaving the vents open so that insects pollinating tomatoes can get inside,
- planting between the rows of plants that attract bees and other pollinating insects, such as basil or marigolds.
If necessary, tomatoes can be pollinated by hand, slightly shaking the plants. To transfer pollen also use a brush or toothbrush.
Reviews of gardeners about Tomato Pink Elephant
Pink elephant - the most delicious this year and the most unpretentious. Grew up on the middle bed of the greenhouse, grew lightly, less than all of them ranged. On the first brushes up to 300 g, more than 150 g. Potatoes. Gathered seeds - I will try to grow their own.
I have been growing a pink elephant from Aelita for 2 years. On the package it is a rich pink color, I get paler. In general, I like the variety, the tomatoes are beautiful, even. There are large, about 400 g, but mostly smaller. The skin is thin, are bad. Taste is good, a sugar break. A real lettuce tomato, with a slight sourness. Maybe in a good summer it will show itself differently, but so far in cold weather it is not very sweet.
The pink elephant is very large, very tasty, fleshy, it causes one appetite, but catches the late blight one of the first and the tomatoes quickly rot. For me, this is a significant drawback. Two years grew it, then refused. Perhaps in the greenhouse he will somehow show himself differently, but I plant everything in the OG.
I like the taste very much, I am ready to forgive a not very high yield, a shrub bush (well, very powerful). And so unpretentious variety, I do not plant much, 5 roots, and it is enough for me to treat for myself. I lead in 2 trunks, pieces 6 to 350–400 g, the rest smaller, unfortunately, skips brushes, it can be hot, it can be very humid in a greenhouse, it can be crooked. But so good. Seeds have their own, even though the transfer is excluded. In general, an elephant always has a place in my greenhouse.
And my Pink Elephant in the greenhouse practically did not start, but in the OG it gave just a huge harvest. The fruits are very large, but light pink. And there are a lot of them on the bush. And the sores are not enough. On the garden where all the bushes were struck by Alternaria, he was the only one with absolutely healthy leaves and regularly tied the fruit.
With regard to tomato Pink Elephant I want to say that this is one of those tomatoes that I will not plant anymore. The very first began to be capricious, and out of the blue. Even before the rains began to pinch the leaves on it and carry out processing. I saved the tomato, of course, but this was because I was constantly around and didn't miss the moment.
The grade the Pink elephant deservedly takes an honorable place on personal plots. Its large and very tasty fruits will not leave indifferent even the most discerning lovers of tomatoes. Of course, to grow this variety in their beds, gardeners will have to pay him a little attention. In return, the Pink Elephant will surely please them with a bountiful harvest.
Characteristics of tomatoes "Pink Elephant"
Tomatoes have rather dense skin. But it can not be called tough. That is why tomatoes are well protected from deformation and cracking. Also due to the high density of vegetables can be stored for a long period.
Taste characteristics of tomatoes are excellent. The flesh of the fruit is juicy, dense, slightly sweet. Vegetables are best suited for fresh consumption. For preservation they are used extremely rarely, because tomatoes are too large. They do not take everything for recycling due to an unusual shade. If this factor does not frighten, then the pink elephant tomatoes can be used to make juices, lecho, mashed potatoes, pastes for the winter.
Tomatoes of this variety can be grown in the greenhouse and in the beds under the open sky, but to achieve maximum yields will be possible only in greenhouses.