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Gardeners who want to buy cherry tomatoes should pay attention to the tomato Elf f1. The hybrid plant forms many fruits of excellent taste throughout the season, does not require special growing conditions and grows well both in the greenhouse and in the garden.
Description and characteristics of the variety
Elf f1 is an indeterminate mid-season variety obtained by crossing other types of tomatoes. A plant up to 2 m high forms many stepchildren, therefore, in order to harvest a full-fledged crop, the gardener must promptly tie up and pinch the bushes. Otherwise, the plant will grow strongly and turn into an impassable lump.
A positive effect from garden manipulation is observed when a hybrid is formed with 2-3 stems.
Gardeners, who do not have time to pinch the tomatoes, tie the plant together with all the available shoots in the form of a sheaf.
Elf variety f1 is resistant to the development of diseases such as cladosporium and fusarium wilt, which are terrible for tomatoes.
Creamy tomatoes, upon reaching maturity, turn a deep red color and acquire a sweetish taste. Due to the fleshy pulp and small amount of seeds, the fruits are resistant to cracking and are suitable for transport. The weight of a tomato is 15-25 g.
Clusters of the hybrid, which are similar in shape to clusters, consist of 12–16 tomatoes of the same size. Drop-like fruits begin to crack and fly around after overripe. Tomatoes are tied throughout the summer. The first harvest of the hybrid variety is at the end of July.
Cherry Elf f1 is used for preparing salads, decorating appetizers and main dishes. Small "droplets" are ideal for rolling into jars, since the strong skin and dense structure does not allow the fruit to burst, even when exposed to high temperatures.
Features of growing and care
Taking into account the fact that from the moment the shoots appear until the beginning of active fruiting, it takes 90–95 days for seedlings, the seeds are sown 60–65 days before the plants are planted in a permanent place. Regardless of the place of cultivation, 1 sq. 2–3 bushes are planted in the area.
Like most tomato varieties, the hybrid is picky about sunlight and soil composition. So that many fruits are set on the bushes, and they all ripen, complex mineral and organic fertilizers are alternately applied under the plants. However, despite the exactingness of the tomato, it is impossible to overfeed the plant with nitrogen, since this component contributes to the growth of the green mass, and the fruits become small or not set at all.
The opinions of gardeners about the tall hybrid are mostly positive. Lovers of small tomatoes who grew the plant in a greenhouse and in the open field note the yield and excellent taste: the miniature cream is crispy and tasty.
Among experienced gardeners, there is an opinion that due to the special microclimate on plants grown in greenhouses, 1.5–2 times more brushes are formed than on those that grow in the open air.
Reviews about the Elf variety contain only one drawback: the hybrid plant forms too many stepsons, which have to be removed. What are your impressions of the invention of breeders?