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Tomato variety German red strawberry is famous not only for its unusual name. In 2015, reviews of gardeners on the forums included it in the top ten most popular tomato varieties. The variety from Germany was immediately liked by lovers of unusual, original types of tomatoes. Outwardly, the vegetables resemble giant strawberries. Some gardeners compare the fruits with neat-looking hearts, which once again confirms the unusual shape of the tomato.
The description classifies the plant as an indeterminate species with an average ripening period; under good weather conditions, the ripening period is significantly reduced and the variety can be classified as an early species. The growth of the bushes reaches 1.8 meters. Despite the high growth of shoots, the plant is compact. When grown in greenhouse conditions, the height of the shoots can reach 2.5 meters and the variety shows higher yields.
What are the features of the fruit?
Fancy strawberry-shaped tomatoes can have a deep red or orange hue. Vegetables have a fruity, slightly sweet taste and an unusually delicate aroma, unusual in comparison with ordinary tomatoes. A distinctive feature is the combination of a sweetish taste with a slight sourness. The outer surface of vegetables has an unusual glossy sheen.
The characteristics and reviews of gardeners note good yield indicators and speak of the possibility of obtaining large fruits. The weight of one tomato, with proper care, can reach 300-500 grams, on average it varies from 150 to 300 grams. Vegetables captivate with a beautiful shape and even color of the fruit. In some unripe tomatoes, a small white speck may form at the base of the stalk, which has an increased density and, when eaten fresh, requires a tenderloin.
The fruits are characterized by a low seed content with good meatiness. Tall bushes are compact when pinched correctly, and the brushes of the plant contain a large number of ovaries. The variety, in comparison with analogues, is distinguished by early reddening of the fruit.
Depending on the climatic conditions, the tomato can be grown by seedlings or by sowing seeds in the ground. It is worth paying attention to the recommendations for preparing seeds for planting. When self-collecting seeds from the previous harvest, it is recommended to soak the planting material in a stimulating solution for better growth. For such planting material, a preliminary disinfection procedure with hydrogen peroxide or potassium permanganate is recommended. When buying ready-made seeds from the manufacturer, such work is not required, since they are pre-processed during the packaging process.
For sowing seeds, it is recommended to prepare a mixture of garden or turf soil mixed with humus. For the best nutritional value of the shoots, it is worth adding wood ash. Growing seedlings requires a temperature of 23-25 ⁰C.
Young shoots need sufficient lighting, therefore, fluorescent lighting is recommended to prevent the seedlings from pulling out. The first sign of a lack of light is the loss of green color saturation by seedlings. The dive is performed after the formation of the first pair of leaves. During this period, it is recommended to carry out the first feeding with the mineral complex.
When disembarking to a permanent place at 1 m2 3-4 plants are planted. The soil should be loose and generously moistened with humus. It is recommended to pre-treat the soil with a weak manganese solution.
During the season, the shoots are fed 3 to 4 times. Bushes form in 1 or 2 stems, the maximum for growing strong stems is the presence of 3 main stems. The plant needs periodic pinching. Brushes with deformed and underdeveloped ovaries are recommended to be removed to stimulate the formation of vegetables and obtain high yields.