Not all varieties of vegetables, fruits and berries are suitable for the cold regions of the country due to climatic conditions. One of these special developments is the Far North tomato. Its main feature is that it belongs to cold-resistant varieties that easily and without consequences tolerate low air temperatures and at the same time give an excellent harvest.
The description of the Far North tomato includes its main characteristic - an early maturing look. The bush itself is undersized, reaching no more than 50 centimeters in height. In terms of splendor, the bush is very compact, standard. The leaves of the plant are medium in size. The dimensions of this species make it possible to plant a larger number of bushes on a small plot of land.
Reviews of the Far North tomato show that this variety grows well and ripens not only in "special" regions of the country, but also where the summer is cool and rainy. Even with a minimal amount of sun and exposure to rays, the fruits ripen quickly without affecting the taste.
The time interval from germination to first fruits is approximately 90 days. Ripening begins from late July to mid-August. In this short period of time, there is an almost complete return of the fruits, which ripen in a few days.
Taking into account that this type of tomato was developed for cultivation in the conditions of the Northern regions, the bushes are distinguished by a strong trunk, with a small number of leaves and simple inflorescences.
This variety has an increased resistance to the most common diseases.
This type of tomato was included in the State Register in 2007 as an achievement of the agricultural enterprise "Biochemist".
The Far North tomatoes have small rounded fruits. Their peel is smooth, dark red. The pulp has a medium density, due to which there is a lot of juice in one tomato and they are easy to process. The average weight of one fruit is 50-70 grams.
Reviews about the Far North tomatoes say that their fruits are versatile. They are well suited both for preparing fresh salads and for preserving preparations for the winter. The sweetish taste of these tomatoes will be an excellent base for freshly squeezed juice.
In the worst weather conditions, the first ripe tomatoes on the bushes will appear in early August.
Reviews and photos about the yield of the Far North tomato indicate that a fairly large number of seeds ripen on small bushes of this species. Moreover, those who have already planted this variety note a high level of seed germination from one pack.
Despite the juiciness of the fruit, when cut, they do not release juice very abundantly. That is why tomatoes of this variety are well suited for decorating a festive table and using vegetable slices. Thanks to their rich taste, they make excellent tomato juice both fresh and canned.
The characteristic and description of the Far North tomato variety, it is not for nothing that this species is considered suitable for growing in harsh climatic conditions. The main advantage is that the root system of these plants has increased resistance to apical as well as root rot. The problem of rotting roots in plants is most common in the northern regions of Russia due to high humidity and minimal heat, when water from the soil simply does not have time to evaporate.
The second, no less important advantage of this type is called the early ripening of fruits. Thanks to the accelerated ripening process, the Far North tomato variety simply avoids encountering such plant diseases as late blight. Early ripening of fruits does not affect their taste in any way.
Well, the most important, distinctive feature of this variety is the resistance of the planted seedlings to cold and low air temperatures. Although, nevertheless, in the first 2 weeks immediately after planting in the ground, the seedlings should be insulated by covering with a film.
The first buds appear on the seedlings about a month after they have emerged. That is why there is an accelerated growth and maturation of this variety.
With a small bush, the number of fruits on it is quite large.
It should be especially noted that due to the small size of the fruit, the bush does not need to be tied up, since the strength of the trunk can withstand the emerging load in the form of ripening fruits.
Due to the peculiarities of the structure of the fruit: strong peel and dense pulp, this variety tolerates transportation well even after full ripening. Tomatoes do not crumple or crack during transportation.
How to grow properly
Like other types of tomatoes, this variety is grown by seedlings. The seeds are placed in seedling boxes and are kept there until the seedlings germinate and the stem is completely strengthened.
Important! For this variety, soil with a special soil composition should be prepared in seedling boxes: turf soil, humus and sand in proportions of 2: 2: 1.
Seeds should not be planted deep in the box. They only need to be lightly sprinkled with soil on top. Further, they should be in a room where the air temperature does not drop below +16 degrees.
After at least 2 pairs of leaves appear on the seedlings, they must be planted in separate pots with a diameter of at least 10 centimeters.
Experts recommend planting tomato seedlings of this type at a distance of 40 centimeters from each other. On average, it turns out that on an area of 1 square meter it will be possible to plant up to 8 bushes.
To maintain the resistance of this species to diseases and excessive moisture, experts recommend that about a week before planting in open ground, fertilize the seedlings with fertilizer with a mineral component, in which substances such as potassium and phosphorus prevail.
Those who have already planted the Far North tomato share their reviews and photos from which it is clear that this variety germinates and matures well not only in the open field, but also in the greenhouse. It can be planted even in a bucket at home, of course, if we are talking about 1-2 bushes.
Special care for the bushes of this tomato after planting is not required. Moreover, even a standard garter does not need to be carried out. After all, the plant itself ceases to stretch upward, after the 6th inflorescence is formed on it. After planting seedlings in the beds, it is not required to carry out pinching.
Despite the fact that all care for the bushes of this variety comes down to regular watering, it has its own characteristics. It must be fed after planting in the ground at least 1 time before the fruit appears.
Advice! Professionals recommend feeding about 2 weeks after the seedlings have been transplanted into open ground.
Particular attention should be paid to watering. It is best to water the bushes with already settled water after sunset. If you regularly mulch the soil around the roots, you can significantly reduce water costs for irrigation.
Interesting about the variety
Agronomists note that another uniqueness of this tomato variety is that it is not at all necessary to germinate them. In the middle lane already in April, after the snow melts, you can plant them in open ground with seeds, and cover each of them with an ordinary glass jar, thus organizing a greenhouse effect and providing the seeds with warm temperatures.
It is important to note that this variety ripens en masse. That is why, by mid-August, almost all the fruits are already ripe. From one bush, you can collect about 1 kilogram of tomatoes, neat and medium in size.
Due to the simplicity of growing and transplanting the plant, as well as the minimum requirements for subsequent care, this tomato variety is an excellent option for those who are planting tomatoes for the first time or have recently started gardening. Planting the Far North tomato variety, it is possible to reduce the time and effort for growing bushes and at the same time get a good yield.
Valery Sedov, 52 years old, Leningrad region
This year, for the first time, I tried to grow tomatoes of the Far North variety. I accidentally saw the seeds in the store and decided to try it. Seedlings, as it turned out, are really very resistant to high moisture in the soil and low temperatures. I used to think that in our region tomatoes can only be grown in greenhouses, but with this variety I realized that even tomatoes grown in soil can be very tasty.
Oksana Ilyina, 47 years old, Kaluga
I planted the Far North tomatoes on the recommendation of a friend. I didn’t believe that there could be many fruits on small bushes. As my personal experience has shown, this is possible. From the seedlings of this variety, small bushes have grown on which many small tomatoes have ripened. The tomatoes turned out to be very tasty and my family and I ate them fresh with pleasure. I did not manage to close these tomatoes, since I ate almost all of them in salads.