With its luxurious cascades of small bright red fruits, the Rapunzel tomato truly resembles golden braids of a beautiful woman sharpened in a tall tower from the fairy tale of the Grimm brothers. Variety affects not only the length of the brush and decorative large pubescent leaves, but also the originality of the taste of cherry tomatoes.
With its luxurious cascades of small bright red fruits, the Rapunzel tomato truly resembles golden braids sharpened in a tall beauty tower.
Variety characteristics and growing conditions
Having passed field trials in 2014, Rapunzel's tomato, shown at a breeding exhibition in the United States, has been stirring the imagination of summer residents, gardeners and lovers of winter gardens on the balcony, loggia and windowsill with its originality and decorative effect for 2 years. Qualitative characteristics of the variety:
| ||Indeterminate type tomatoes (180-240 cm). Possess unlimited growth opportunities. In heated greenhouses can grow a year or more.|
| ||Powerful, pivotal, not too branched.|
| ||Large, slightly pubescent, dark green.|
| ||Cascading, long, usually numbering not less than 40 compactly located fruits.|
| ||Glossy, small (25 g), bright red, dense, with very sweet flesh. They have a medium level of dry matter content and a small number of chambers.|
| ||The variety is early ripe. Ripens 75 days after sowing.|
| ||Throughout the summer.|
| ||In fresh form for salads and decoration of dishes as fruits ripen in clusters.|
| ||Not for long term storage.|
Formation of a bush of tomatoes of a grade of Rapunzel
The description of the variety should be supplemented with a reference to the hybrid character of the novice selection, i.e., it is still difficult to obtain its seeds in the usual way.
Cultivation conditions of Rapunzel are not different from other tomatoes:
Gallery: Rapunzel tomato (25 photos)
It is very tempting to plant such tomatoes at home and admire the “plantation” of a single plant reaching the ceiling in the middle of winter.
The ideal place to grow on a glazed and insulated balcony is a voluminous patio container.
In the seedling method, small pots are filled with soil mixture:
- peat - 2 parts;
- garden land - 1 part;
- humus or compost -1 part;
- sand - 0.5 parts.
Growing Rapunzel Tomatoes in a Pot
Reducing the acidity of peat will help add a bucket of glass ash or 3-4 tbsp to a bucket of a glass mixture l dolomite flour. Fertilizers are added to the prepared soil:
- urea - 10 g;
- superphosphate -30-40 g;
- potassium fertilizer 10-15 g
It is possible to replace the mixture with complex fertilizer. Seeds of small varieties are usually processed by the manufacturer, and re-processing is not necessary. They are laid out on a moist and compacted soil mixture and sprinkled with a layer of earth. The boxes are covered with a dark film. The degree of soil moisture is monitored daily. At the first shoots the film is removed.
For seedlings are needed:
- previously specified temperature;
- good lighting for 12 hours (if necessary, lighting is used).
The appearance of the green fruits of Rapunzel tomatoes
If there are 3 true leaves, Rapunzel spikes into the patio container, preferably ceramic or wooden, with drainage holes. For drainage choose gravel, broken brick, fragments of ceramics, expanded clay. Pour it with a layer of several centimeters (depending on the size of the container). In the pallet have stones, which put the container in order to avoid waterlogging. The pallet is also needed for feeding, which comes directly to the roots of the tomato.
Prepared soil is poured onto the drainage, lightly tamping it up so that it does not reach the top of the container by 2-2.5 cm. Ready-mixed soils and prepared independently with the addition of ash and complex fertilizer from the ingredients are used:
- sod land, peat, manure in the same proportions;
- leafy ground, peat, sifted sand;
- sod (garden) land, humus and vermiculite.
A tiny copy of the future giant with amazing braids is planted (dive) into a wet well up to 10 cm deep. You can choose a non-seedling method of cultivation: plant seeds in a container, and then pinch the weak shoots.
Further care of the tomato is the same as for large-fruited tomatoes, and consists in regular watering and fertilizing, since even a very large volume of a container with the ground is still inferior to the area of nutrition in natural conditions. And with the height and power of Rapunzel brushes, this is important.
Feeding is needed every 10 days. It is desirable to form Rapunzel in 1-2 stems, stepson and tying to the support as it grows.
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Given the time of ripening Rapunzel, you can calculate the time of receipt of the fruit in the winter or for a specific family celebration. But for now it is quite difficult to get the seeds of this wonder. This is usually the case with new varieties. Their seeds are reluctant to take the sellers, relying on profits from long-proven varieties, and breeders are still working on the stability of varietal characteristics of seeds. This lasts 2-4 years before lovers of homemade tomatoes and gardeners see them on sale.
The surest way to obtain planting material - cutting or planting stepsons - is also not yet available. But last year flashed messages that two British retailers are already offering the seeds of this miracle.
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In the meantime, in anticipation of the availability of seeds, you can grow miniature tomatoes on the balcony and window sills, no less tasty. This may be Apricot Dreams F1 from the creators of Rapunzel.