As spring approaches, Russian gardeners are again thinking about planting vegetables, including tomatoes, on their land. Since the varietal assortment is huge, it is very difficult to make a choice even for experienced vegetable growers. As a rule, they grow not one, but several varieties of tomatoes, so that later they can decide which is more suitable.
Many tomatoes on the market are still newcomers, not everyone knows their pros and cons, so you have to experiment. It is clear that it is better to know the compliance with the description and characteristics of a certain variety after testing it. We want to help gardeners and present the Labrador tomato variety to their judgment.
Description of the variety
The Labrador tomato variety is relatively young, but it already has many fans. The “fault” is the excellent properties. It should be noted that currently Labrador is not yet included in the State Register of the Russian Federation. But vegetable growers who planted the variety on their plots speak positively about the Labrador tomato.
Attention! Seeds of Labrador tomatoes are produced by the agricultural firm "Our Garden" (a bag in the photo below).
Since Labrador tomatoes are new to the vastness of Russia, you need to imagine what kind of plant it is. We will give a description of the bush and fruits, and also name the possibilities of using tomatoes.
Description of the bush
According to the characteristics and description of the variety, Labrador tomatoes are not hybrids. It is a determinant plant with early maturity. As a rule, 78-105 days pass from germination to removal of the first fruits. The gap, as you can see, is rather big, it all depends on the climatic zone in which Labrador tomatoes are grown, as well as on the place of planting. After all, tomatoes can be grown in open or protected ground.
Tomato bushes are low, spreading, powerful. In adulthood, Labrador tomatoes are slightly more than 50 cm (slightly higher in the greenhouse). The stem is strong, with many shoots. There are few leaves on the variety, they can be green or dark green.
The inflorescences of a Labrador tomato are simple brushes. The first of them appears above the seventh leaf. Then they are formed through the leaf to the very top of the shoot. There is no need to grow Labrador tomatoes, since it limits itself in growth, as the gardeners say, it does.
Important! The tomato has a high vitality as it has a strong root system.
We suggest keeping a memo about the Labrador tomato, which contains a brief description and characteristics of the variety. It will be useful not only for novice gardeners, but also for people with experience.
Description of fruits
Fruiting is abundant, because up to 10-15 fruits are tied on one brush. They are round, resembling an apple in shape and original color. The fruits are not ribbed, smooth. Each of them weighs about 80 grams, but there are also a little heavier. Some specimens grow up to 120 or even 150 grams.
Attention! Fruits on Labrador tomatoes do not crack or crumble from the bush after ripening.
The yield is amicable, it can be clearly seen in the photo. This feature is noted in reviews by vegetable growers. Moreover, the yield is almost the same both on ordinary ridges and in greenhouses.
The skin of Labrador tomatoes is thin. The fruits themselves are fleshy, juicy, not multi-chambered. In technical maturity, it has a deep red color. The taste, according to the reviews of those who planted, is excellent, sour-sweet. You could say a classic.
Characteristics of the variety
As can be seen from the description, and also, according to gardeners' reviews, Labrador tomatoes have many advantages that add popularity to the variety.
We will present them now:
- Early ripening. When grown in seedlings, the greenhouse can be harvested in June. Fresh tomatoes will appear on the table before the fruits begin to ripen on other varieties.
- The ability to plant in open and protected ground.
- Stable yield from year to year, from 2.5 to 3 kg per bush.
- Excellent taste and widespread use in cooking: in salads, for making juice, tomato paste, and canning in pieces (photo). Salads for the winter are awesome.
- Temperature changes do not negatively affect either the growth or the yield of the Labrador tomato variety. Almost all flowers are tied under any conditions.
- Plants are easy to care for, besides, they do not need to be pinned and tied to supports. Although in fact, due to the severity of the fruit, the plants may fall. So you still have to tie it up.
- The plant has excellent immunity to fungal and viral diseases, from which neighboring tomato varieties suffer. Thanks to early ripening, the variety, as gardeners say, "manages to escape" from phytophthora.
- If Labrador tomatoes were grown separately, you can collect your own seeds, since the varietal qualities are preserved.
Of course, it is difficult to find a tomato variety that does not have any flaws. They are, in accordance with the description and, according to reviews of gardeners, and Labrador tomatoes:
- short shelf life;
- difficulties with transporting ripe tomatoes due to thin skin, which is why they need to be plucked with blange;
- Difficulty preserving whole fruits: The skin is bursting.
In the open field above the plantings, you can make a greenhouse for planting plants in the early stages. And if the bed is also warm, under the covering material, as in the photo, then the tomatoes feel comfortable even when the temperature drops.
As you can see, the variety is wonderful, especially since tomatoes can be grown in a seedless way, sowing seeds immediately to a permanent place.
Description of the Labrador tomato of the gardener in love with him:
Growing and care
A good harvest of Labrador tomatoes can only be obtained if healthy seedlings are grown.
Advice! When sowing, do not spare the seeds, use them twice as much as the plants need.
To get an early harvest, sowing seeds for seedlings is done 55-65 days before the tomatoes are planted in the ground. This is the last decade of March and the first decade of April.
For sowing tomatoes for seedlings, you can use a ready-made soil mixture enriched with the necessary elements, or prepare the soil yourself. They take garden soil, add peat, sand, dolomite flour, wood ash and humus to it.
For three days, the earth is poured with boiling water, adding several crystals of potassium permanganate to it. To make disinfection more effective, boxes with earth can be covered with foil.
Seeds, if they have not been processed in the conditions of a seed company, are also processed. There are different ways:
- in a pale pink solution of potassium permanganate;
- in aloe juice;
- in Fitosporin solution.
Then rinse the labrador tomato seeds in clean water and spread on a napkin to dry.
Attention! The seeds will sprout faster and more amicably if they are soaked in Epin, Novosil or honey solution.
Seeds are sown to a depth of no more than 1.5 cm, with a step in the groove of 1 cm. The next groove is made after 3 cm. In this case, the seedlings will feel comfortable until the pick itself. A piece of cellophane is pulled over the boxes and put away in a warm and lighted place. With the appearance of the first hook, the shelter is removed. Water the Labrador tomato seedlings as needed.
They dive as usual when three true leaves appear on Labrador tomatoes. Further care of the seedlings consists in watering, surface loosening of the soil. You can feed tomatoes at the seedling stage with an extract of their wood ash.
Landing in the ground
When the soil warms up to +17 degrees, the seedlings can be planted. It is pre-hardened. When planting tomatoes in open ground, choose the ridges on which they were previously grown:
- eggplants and peppers;
- garlic and carrots;
- cucumbers and cabbage.
These predecessors do not suffer from late blight, which will help to avoid the disease of Labrador tomatoes.
If the seedlings were planted in open ground, then you need to worry about sheltering the plants at night, because spring weather is unpredictable.
It is advisable to plant Labrador tomatoes in two lines. The holes are made at a distance of 40 cm, in the aisles - up to 60-70 cm. According to the rules, 5-6 bushes are planted in one square place.
After planting, watering is carried out after 3-4 days. It is advisable to carry out mulching: this will retain moisture, relieve loosening and weeding.
Advice! Watering Labrador tomatoes in the grooves between the bushes, it is not recommended to irrigate the leaves.
The photo shows the error of gardeners.
If the tomatoes are irregularly watered, the plants can be affected by phomosis (brown fruit rot), cladosporiosis (brown spot), fruit cracking, and verticillary leaf wilting.
You need to feed the plants several times during the growing season:
- The first time Labrador tomatoes are fed when planting. Before digging up the soil, up to 20 kg of humus or compost is introduced, 2 liters of ash for each square of the garden.
- Tomatoes are fed three times with the special Sudarushka fertilizer and so many times with the Universal fertilizer.
- Dusting the bushes with dry wood ash or watering with infusion gives the plant almost all the necessary trace elements.
Foliar dressing can be done with boron-magnesium fertilizers. Plants respond well to feeding with iodine solution both on the leaves and under the root. In addition, when spraying with an iodine solution, the likelihood of late blight decreases.
Warning! Nitrogen fertilizers should be treated with caution, because an excess leads to a rapid increase in green mass, a decrease in yield.
Despite the fact that the Labrador tomato variety is a disease resistant plant, preventive measures must be taken. Indeed, in addition to this tomato variety, other tomatoes are grown on the site, which often get sick. Preventive treatment is carried out with special preparations.
Reviews of gardeners
Mikhail, 57 years old, Klimovsk
Last year I bought Labrador tomato seeds from the agricultural firm "Our Garden". There were 10 seeds in the bag, one did not germinate. There were 7 healthy plants. The harvest is excellent - 20 kg. The fruits are even, the sizes corresponded to the declared parameters. As for the taste, it is ordinary, tomato. They made salads, then processed the entire crop into juice. The whole family liked him. While I will plant.
Alena, 30 years old, Saratov region
Labrador tomatoes are a real find. Tomatoes are good for everyone - both in appearance and in taste. The variety is fruitful, ripens amicably. We collected all the tomatoes in the second decade of July. Phytophtora at this time was not yet in charge. If you like tomato juice, salads, adjika, lecho for the winter - you won't find a better variety. I advise you to plant at least a few bushes.
Vladimir, 63 years old, Yaroslavl
The spouse is in charge of the garden. I bought seeds of the Labrador variety for testing two years ago. I will tell you, I have never seen such beauty in the beds before. The bushes were all strewn with bright red fruits. The first tomatoes were harvested in the twentieth of June, when the fruits of other varieties were just being tied. The family was provided with early vitamins. They have collected their seeds and are now sowing them for seedlings. I recommend.