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Recently, first-generation F1 hybrids are gaining popularity in the consumer market. And this is not surprising, because as practice has shown, these plants are in many ways superior to their parents, who participated in the selection for their creation. One of these hybrids is the Ashkelon tomato f1. Despite the fact that all plants of the F1 category have the same characteristics, the Ashkelon variety is still endowed with its own individual characteristics, which can influence its choice.
General characteristics of the variety
The Ashkelon variety is considered one of the new F1 hybrids, which is cultivated annually in different regions of Russia. Such popularity is justified by the fact that its fruits are considered the most delicious among the dark varieties of tomatoes.
The hybrid itself belongs to the mid-early, indeterminate vegetable crops, which can be grown both in greenhouse conditions and in the open field on a trellis. The average height of an adult plant is about 1.8 meters, so it is recommended to tie it to a support. The bush is quite leafy, the area between adjacent nodes is medium. The first fruit ovary is laid on the 8th leaf of the stem, followed by inflorescences every 3-4 leaves.
A feature of the variety is considered to be good resistance to viruses such as:
- yellow leaf curl (TYLCV);
- fusarium (Fol 1-3) wilting;
- tomato mosaic (ToMV);
- verticillary virus (Va, Vd).
Also, the variety is characterized as a drought-resistant and cold-resistant plant. Vegetable crops are rarely attacked by pests and have good immunity to fruit rot.
Description of fruits
From the first shoots of seedlings to full ripening of fruits is 100-105 days. The average yield of the variety reaches about 20 kg. for 1 sq. m.
Description of fruits in full ripening stage:
- Weight - 200-250 gr .;
- Shape - rounded;
- Color - dark brown;
- The skin is smooth;
- The pulp is firm;
- Taste - balanced, harmonious.
A distinctive feature of the Ashkelon f1 variety, from similar crops, is that its tomatoes have high transportability and an external beautiful appearance.
The main purpose of the variety is to eat fresh tomatoes.
Agricultural technology varieties
The best time for planting seeds for seedlings is the month of March. The first pick is carried out in the phase of formation of 1-2 leaves. Before transplanting to a permanent place of growth, seedlings are fed with mineral fertilizers 2-3 times. The planting of plants in the greenhouse is carried out in mid-May. In the open ground, transplantation is carried out in early June, when 6-8 true leaves appear on the seedlings.
It is worth paying attention! Since the Ashkelon f1 tomato is a light-loving plant, the planting site should be well lit from all sides. Otherwise, the fruits will lose their harmonious taste, aroma and bright colors.
After transplanting seedlings, caring for tomatoes includes:
- weeding grass;
- fertilizing with fertilizers;
- regular watering;
- loosening the soil.
Also, according to the recommendations of experts, in order to increase the yield, Ashkelon F1 tomatoes need to be regularly pinned and formed into 1 stem.
Despite such positive qualities, when choosing the Ashkelon F1 variety for your personal plot, you must be prepared for the fact that its fruits are used only fresh. This is due to the fact that the tomato has a rather thin skin, which is always deformed or burst during heat treatment during conservation.