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Tomato variety Valentine is the work of domestic breeders of the Vavilov Institute.
According to the reviews received from many gardeners, this variety is jokingly called "a tomato for lazy gardeners." Due to its low care requirements, it is ideal for growing even for novice vegetable growers.
In our article you will find a complete description of the variety, get acquainted with its main characteristics and cultivation features.
Tomato "Valentina": variety description
|general description||Early maturing, determinant sotr of tomatoes for growing in greenhouses and open field.|
|Ripening period||102-105 days|
|The form||Fruits are oval, plum-shaped|
|Average weight of tomatoes||80-100 grams|
|Application||Mainly for conservation|
|Variety yield||up to 12 kg per square meter|
|Growing features||Standard agricultural technology|
|Disease resistance||Resistant to most diseases|
The variety is included in the State Register and is recommended for growing in open beds. The bush of the plant is of a determinant type, reaching a height of 50-60 centimeters. Read about indeterminate varieties here. In terms of ripening, it is an early-ripening variety. Ripening occurs 102-105 days after planting seeds to obtain seedlings.
When growing on open ridges, gardeners are advised not to remove stepchildren, otherwise a decrease in yield may occur. In the greenhouse, incomplete, moderate removal of stepsons is required. Requires tying the stem to the support.
The bush is semi-spreading, non-standard with a small number of yellow-green leaves, a weak degree of corrugation. In shape and appearance, the leaves are very similar to potato leaves.
Valentine's tomatoes are resistant to major diseases; the tomato tolerates minor drought relatively calmly. The variety has been known for a long time, in comparative tests conducted in 2000 by amateur gardeners in terms of a complex of qualities it came out on top.
You can look at the cultivation process and the fruit-tomatoes of the Valentina variety in the photo:
The main advantages of the variety:
- determinant, compact bush;
- early ripening;
- resistance to minor drought;
- good safety during transportation;
- resistance to the main diseases of tomatoes;
- does not require removal of stepsons.
- High yield (up to 12 kg per square meter).
You can see the yield of other varieties of tomatoes in the table below:
|Valentine||up to 12 kg per square meter|
|Russian size||7-8 kg per square meter|
|Long Keeper||4-6 kg per bush|
|Podsinsky miracle||5-6 kg per square meter|
|American ribbed||5.5 kg per bush|
|De Barao the giant||20-22 kg per bush|
|Premier||6-9 kg per square meter|
|Polbig||4 kg per bush|
|Black bunch||6 kg per bush|
|Kostroma||4-5 kg per bush|
|Red bunch||10 kg per bush|
According to reviews received from gardeners who grew Valentine's tomatoes, in addition to the need to tie up a bush, no shortcomings were identified.
- the shape of the fruit is oval, plum-shaped;
- unripe fruits are light green, ripe orange - red;
- average weight 80-90, when grown in a greenhouse up to 100 grams;
- main application preservation with whole fruits, sauces, lecho, winter preparations based on tomatoes;
- average yield 2.5-3.0 kilograms per bush, 10.5-12.0 kilograms when planting no more than 6-7 plants per square meter;
- good presentation, excellent safety during transportation, well stored when bookmarked for ripening.
You can compare the weight of the fruits of this variety with others in the table below:
|Variety name||Fruit weight|
|The president||250-300 grams|
|Summer resident||55-110 grams|
|Pink Lady||230-280 grams|
|Banana red||70 gram|
|De Barao||70-90 grams|
Important: There are no peculiarities when growing a Valentine tomato according to the recommendations of the originators and reviews received from gardeners.
When planting, standard agricultural practices are used, including regular watering and mulching of the soil and fertilization.
- Organic and mineral, ready-made complexes, TOP of the best.
- For seedlings, when picking, foliar.
- Yeast, iodine, ash, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, boric acid.
Diseases and pests
As mentioned above, tomatoes are resistant to most diseases. However, plantings can be threatened by pests - Colorado beetles, thrips, aphids, spider mites. Microbiological preparations and chemistry will help in the fight against them.
Valentine's tomato will be of interest not only to gardeners, because of the ease of cultivation and low maintenance requirements. Farmers will be interested in it because of the possibility of supplying tomatoes for winter harvesting.
In the table below you will find links to tomato varieties with different ripening periods:
|Mid late||Early ripe||Late ripening|
|Raspberry miracle||Rose of Wind||Grapefruit|
|Market miracle||Diva||Bull heart|
|De Barao Orange||Buyan||Bobcat|
|De Barao Red||Irina||King of Kings|
|Honey fireworks||Pink spam||Grandma's gift|
|Krasnobay F1||Red Guard||Snowfall F1|