Tomato Pink Elephant - a fabulous harvest in your beds!
It is known that among the owners of greenhouses and garden beds, tomato varieties with a pink fruit color are especially popular. After all, they are distinguished by a pronounced aroma, light sourness and special sugar content. These are the varieties most often intended for use in summer salads. And the Pink Elephant variety is one of the famous among them.
Description of the Pink Elephant variety, its characteristics, growing region
A variety of Russian selection. The application for registration of the variety in the State Register was filed in December 1997 by Gisok-Agro. Included in the State Register of the Russian Federation in 1998. Recommended for growing under film shelters in all regions of the Russian Federation. The variety is not intended for industrial cultivation, but is appreciated by owners of small household plots.
Table: main characteristics of the variety
The bush has a spreading shape, requires compulsory garter and shaping. Planting scheme when grown in 1 stem 50 × 50 cm... In this case, 4 bushes will be located on 1 square meter.
The pink elephant grows tall and requires a garter
The name itself suggests that the fruits of this tomato variety are large, with a pink color. The shape of the fruit is flat-rounded, with a slight ribbing in its upper part. Most often, the fruit contains 4 chambers with seeds.
Pink Elephant is especially good for use in salads.
Distinctive features of the variety, its pros and cons in comparison with others
The closest in their characteristics to this variety are pink tomatoes Pink honey and Abakansky early.
If we compare the Pink Elephant variety with a similar Raspberry Giant variety, then it can be noted that the Pink Elephant bush is much higher. And in terms of taste, fruit size, yield and early maturity, both varieties are approximately the same.
In terms of resistance to cracking, Angela Giant and Brandy are superior to Pink Elephant.
Despite the fact that the variety is sugary, the varieties Pink Spam, Victoria, Debutanka, Vernissage slightly surpass it in this indicator.
In general, the Pink Elephant variety has a lot of advantages:
- high taste,
- sugary structure of fruits,
- sufficiently long shelf life,
- resistance to diseases and pests,
- the ability to collect seeds yourself for future use.
The taste of the Pink Elephant is excellent: the fruits are large, fleshy, with a small number of seeds, very tasty
If you try to name the shortcomings, then, probably, these will be the features that characterize all tall large-fruited varieties:
- exactingness to growing conditions,
- the need for constant formation of the bush: it is necessary to carry out pinching, the plant requires a mandatory garter, and not only the stem is required to tie, but also the brushes themselves, because forming fruits can reach up to half a kilogram in weight.
Features of planting and growing tomato Pink elephant
Despite the fact that tomatoes of this variety cannot be considered very capricious, they, like all large-fruited varieties, require the creation of certain conditions for growing.
Growing seedlings of tomatoes of the Pink Elephant variety
You need to sow seeds for seedlings in March. The more accurate sowing date will depend on the specific region and the place where the seedlings are grown (in a greenhouse or in an apartment). Before sowing, the seeds are soaked in a 1% solution of potassium permanganate. Those that have sunk to the bottom can be sown, those that remain on the surface are not germinating.
After the emergence of seedlings, the container is transferred to a cooler and brighter place (you can on the windowsill) and make sure that the soil is not too wet, but does not dry out either. Water the seedlings as the soil dries up in the container. If the weather is cloudy, then watering is reduced. You can dive seedlings after the first two true leaves have formed. This most often occurs on the tenth day after the seedlings emerge.
Caring for plants after picking includes maintaining the correct temperature regime (+ 15-18 ° C at night and 20-23 ° C during the day) and maintaining sufficient soil moisture. About a week after this procedure, the plants begin to grow the root system. At this time, it is important to provide them with sufficient lighting (preferably natural).
The process of growing seedlings of this variety is no different from other varieties.
Planting seedlings in a greenhouse
You can plant seedlings in a greenhouse at the end of April.
It is advisable to prepare the soil in the greenhouse a week and a half before planting the seedlings. When preparing the soil, it is recommended to add a tablespoon of superphosphate, a pinch of Ava complex fertilizer, a glass of ash to each well, and then mix the soil well.
Complex product Ava contains the optimal ratio of chemical elements necessary for the normal life of plants
After the temperature in the greenhouse warms up to 13-15aboutC, the seedlings can already be planted, at a lower temperature, the root system of the planted tomatoes will develop poorly.
It is better to do this in the late afternoon or in cloudy weather. Immediately before the start of the procedure, the holes are filled with water and, after waiting until it is absorbed, the plant is taken out of the container in which it grew, placed in the prepared hole, sprinkled with earth and tamped around the stem.
Proper tomato seedlings should be short and stocky
Water the planted seedlings next time you need to no earlier than a week later... You should not rush to hilling seedlings either. At first, you should limit yourself to loosening the soil and tying plants to the support.
Not only the branches will have to be tied up at the Pink Elephant, but also the brushes themselves as the fruit grows.
Proper care and shaping
The rules for growing large-fruited tomatoes indicate that
- The plant should be formed into one or two stems.
- Water the tomatoes once a week, with warm water, and after watering, ventilate the greenhouse.
- Mulching with peat or chopped grass will help prevent the soil from drying out quickly.
- The soil should be loosened regularly and weeds removed to avoid root rot.
- The resulting stepsons must be removed regularly. This should be done after preliminary watering, preferably in the early morning.
Removal of stepchildren should be carried out regularly
- It is necessary to thin out not only shoots, but also flower brushes. On the first two brushes, no more than 3-4 flowers are left, and the third brush is also thinned out. In this case, larger fruits can be expected.
Video: the correct formation of pink elephant tomatoes
Tomatoes of this variety can be formed into one or two stems.
Tall varieties of tomatoes require constant attention
At the moment, I do not have my own knowledge about this variety of tomatoes, because I haven’t met the Pink Elephant yet. But I grew other varieties with a pink color of fruits and appreciate them very much. Indeed, tall varieties require more attention to themselves than determinant ones, but picking a large tomato with sugary pulp to the table is unusually pleasant. Therefore, I am completely in favor of such varieties growing in our greenhouses. On the forums, you can find reviews of those who have already tried to grow tomatoes of this variety.
Video feedback on growing tomatoes Pink elephant
The Pink Elephant harvest is sure to delight anyone who tries to grow this wonderful variety of tomatoes.
The yielding, sugar pink elephant is especially good for growing in a small suburban garden. There will be something to please yourself and boast to your neighbors with a truly elephant harvest of your favorite tomatoes.
My name is Natalya. I am a teacher of the Russian language and literature by profession.
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Tomato Pink Elephant: reviews, photos, yield, characteristics and description of the variety, advantages and disadvantages
Tomato Pink elephant reviews, photos, yield, characteristics and description of the variety which you will find in our article, is very popular with gardeners, who leave only positive about him reviews... It was named so because of the color and size of its fruit. Tomato variety Pink elephant due to its good yield and excellent taste, every year it is included in the list of the 50 best Russian varieties of tomatoes.
Description of fruits and characteristics of the variety
The pink elephant was created by the firm "Gisok-Agro", in the State Register since 1998. It is recommended to plant it for amateur gardeners, small farmers.
Description of the bush
The tomato is semi-determinant, it should grow up to 150-170 cm.But, according to reviews, this is true only under film shelters. In the gardens, it is lower. In capital greenhouses, those who planted often complain that the bush reaches 2 m and can stretch further, in general, it behaves like an indeterminate, but the first brush is laid over the 7th leaf. Subsequent ones are formed after 2-3 plates.
Tomato variety Pink Elephant has potato-type plates. Leaf segments are not dissected, but whole, heart-shaped. On the one hand, the area of nutrition and photosynthesis increases. But on the other hand, more moisture evaporates, the bush needs to be watered more often, in regions with a problematic climate, in cool summer, tomatoes get less light. True, in the southern regions this turns into an advantage - a medium-ripening variety, the leaves protect the tomatoes from the scorching sun and heat.
Tomatoes Pink Elephant are multi-chambered, flat-round, the size is very different on the lower and upper brushes. The largest ones ripen closer to the ground, at the base of the shoots, without rationing, reach a maximum weight of 400 g. Tomatoes weighing 150 g or less are located on the crown.
They are ribbed in the tail area, and the larger the fruit, the more pronounced the folds. The smallest ones, located on the upper brushes, usually have a smooth surface.
The peel in technical ripeness is green, after ripening it is raspberry-pink (see photo). The pulp, like all beefs, is fleshy, tender, with few seeds. The taste is excellent, sweet.
Fruiting and productivity
The pink elephant is a mid-season tomato. In total, 8-12 brushes with 4-8 flowers can form during the growing season, but not all will ripen. It is recommended to leave no more than 5, and pinch the ends of the bunches.
Outdoor pollination is good. In greenhouses, to get a harvest, you need to attract bees, and shake the bushes during flowering.
According to the State Register, from 1 sq. m are harvested from 6.2 to 8.2 kg of tomatoes, but they give somewhat underestimated data, moreover, only in terms of marketable yield. In large-fruited varieties, it is usually significantly lower than the general one. The manufacturer claims that with good care, depending on planting density, such an area in a good year gives 9-12 kg.