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Tomato varieties for salad purposes are often distinguished by an unusual color. Tomato Honey Salute has golden fruits with pink stripes and spills. Not only the skin, but also the pulp of a rich yellow color is penetrated with red and crimson blotches, reminiscent of bright fireworks. But the main advantage of the variety is its sweet, honey taste, with pleasant notes of watermelon.
It is the flavor bouquet that most often becomes the main selection criterion when buying seeds. But it should be borne in mind that the tomato Salute is a thermophilic, tall plant with a fairly long growing season. It can be grown outdoors only in the southern regions. In central Russia, the variety is capable of ripening only in a greenhouse.
Variety "Honey Salute" is recommended for growing under film shelters and in greenhouses of any type that can protect the tomato from possible drops in temperature.
This is the description of the variety:
- the growing season of tomato is quite long, about 120 days from the moment of the first shoots;
- the plant is tall, with an indeterminate type of bush, reaching a height of 180 cm;
- this type of plant requires the obligatory tying of the trunk to a reliable support or trellis;
- medium-leafed bush, lays the first ovary above the level of 9-12 leaves, and each subsequent ovary is formed after 2-3 leaves;
- the bush is grown in 1-2 trunks, and after laying the required number of flower brushes, the growth point is limited;
- a brush is formed from 3-4 large fruits, weighing 300-450 g, the average yield is 6.5-8 kg per square meter. m;
- fruits are rounded-flattened, ribbed near the stalk, may vary significantly in size;
- the skin is thin, delicate, yellow-orange in color with stripes and spills of pink and crimson shades;
- the pulp is very juicy, dense, two-colored, honey-watermelon taste, sugary;
- fruits are used for vegetable cuts, making salads, juices, sauces;
- ripe tomatoes are stored at a temperature of 5-8 degrees for 30-40 days, they require careful transportation.
Large, sweet tomatoes deserve good reviews, despite the average yield and exacting care. Everyone notes the unusual appearance in the slicing and the pleasant sweetness reminiscent of the taste of honey.
Agricultural technology and care
Indeterminate tomato varieties are demanding to care for. The duration of fruit ripening is influenced not only by varietal characteristics, but also by seed preparation, well-grown seedlings, irrigation and fertilizing regimes, timely planting, and temperature conditions.
- Varieties with long ripening periods are grown using seedlings. With good quality greenhouses, seeds are sown earlier than usual, in the last days of February, early March. Seedlings dive with the appearance of 1-2 permanent leaves.
- It is important not to allow the plants to stretch out, observing the light and temperature balance. Watering should be moderate, with the obligatory subsequent loosening of the upper soil layer. Additional feeding helps the plant to form a strong stem.
- Plants are transplanted into the greenhouse at the age of 65-70 days, approximately May 10-15. Planting scheme 40 x 60. With single-stem cultivation, per 1 sq. m, you can place up to 4 bushes. It should be borne in mind that a thickened planting lengthens the fruiting period. Tomato stems are tied to supports, trellis, or attached to a garden net.
- If the plant is formed into one stem, then stepchildren must be removed in a timely manner. It is also customary to thin out the leaves at the bottom of the bush to the level of the first brush. If you plan to hatch two stems, leave a single shoot below the first flower brush, removing the stepsons as they grow. When the plant forms 4-6 flower brushes, pinch the growing point.
- Care consists of watering, weeding, loosening the soil. The lower part of the stem is spud to aid in the formation of additional root mass. Top dressing is carried out every 2-3 weeks with complex preparations or formulations that take into account the individual condition of the plants.
- The long period of growth and ripening of the "Honey Salute" tomatoes only in the second half of August does not allow avoiding autumn frosts. To protect the fruits from possible late blight diseases, the bushes are treated with a systemic fungicide.
Simple agrotechnical techniques help to get ripe, high-quality fruits on time. For the "Honey Salute" salad variety, excellent taste is a key characteristic. It is she who attracts the attention of vegetable growers to unusual tomatoes.