Tomato Rapunzel is a little-known representative of cascading varieties


Cherry-type tomatoes are peculiar, very small tomatoes, often collected in long clusters. Among them there are not very many of those that would be distinguished by amazing taste. A striking representative is the Rapunzel tomato, which is still very rare in our country. Another advantage of the variety is that this tomato can be grown on balconies.

The history of growing varieties of tomatoes Rapunzel

The Rapunzel tomato has been known only since 2014, bred in the UK. So far, not a single Russian company produces or even sells its seeds, agricultural firms from the United States are engaged in the sale, where Rapunzel was originally presented at an agricultural exhibition. There is very little information about the variety and, of course, there is no data on where this tomato can be planted in our country. Even data on disease resistance and yield are not available in the official press. It is clear that on specialized forums in our country, reviews about the variety are rare. Unfortunately, the video about this variety is still only available in English.

Video: Rapunzel tomato bushes

Description of the Rapunzel variety

Rapunzel is an indeterminate tomato. The shrub growing in a greenhouse more than two meters high bears many large dark green leaves, the surface of which is slightly pubescent.

Rapunzel is a representative of the so-called cascading tomatoes. It has very long clusters containing up to 40 small fruits, weighing an average of about 25 g. Fruits are round in shape, colored red, shiny. The intervals between them in the brush are small. The skin is thick and firm. In the upper part of the cluster, the tomatoes are somewhat larger, they ripen first.

In numerous photos, the brushes of a Rapunzel tomato look like marvelous braids.

Characteristics of the variety of tomatoes Rapunzel

Rapunzel belongs to early maturing hybrids, the first harvest is possible 2.5 months after full shoots appear. In the future, the harvest gradually ripens until the end of the garden season. This tomato is rarely planted outdoors: the main purpose is for greenhouses and balconies. Although there is no official yield data, the abundance of fruit on long clusters suggests that it is not bad.

The fruits of this tomato are mainly consumed fresh: whole or in salads. The taste is described as good, sweetish. They are eaten as an independent snack, they are used to decorate salads and any other dishes. They are not stored for long: a maximum of two weeks in a cool room. True, there is an opinion that in order to extend the shelf life, the fruits should be left on the bushes until the entire brush is ripe, but, apparently, this advice may not always work: the brushes are so long that you can wait for the overripe tomatoes to fall off.

The advantages of the variety include:

  • a huge amount of fruits in the brushes;
  • excellent presentation;
  • the possibility of balcony growing.

The disadvantages include:

  • the inability to use seeds from their harvest (this is a hybrid of the first generation);
  • short-term preservation of the crop;
  • the complexity of plant care.

While it is difficult to say anything definite about the possibility of using fruits for various harvests, but judging by the experience of growing cherry tomatoes, Rapunzel is unlikely to be of significant importance in this regard.

The collected fruits are not outwardly unusual.

Growing Tomatoes Rapunzel

There are very few cascading tomatoes, and growing them has some difficulties, although the basic planting and care operations are identical to those of any other indeterminate tomato. The seedling stage is mandatory, it proceeds in the traditional way, it takes about two months. It is necessary to ensure that the seedlings do not stretch out and do not outgrow: excessive heat at this time is useless, and there should be a lot of light.

The variety is demanding for the light and in the garden: it does not matter whether it is in the greenhouse or outside it. With a lack of lighting, you may not get a normal harvest at all. 3-4 plants are placed on a square meter, trellis must be equipped, to which shoots are systematically tied. However, not shoots, but the main shoot, since it is customary to grow Rapunzel in one stem. Stepson, however, systematically break out. Separate brushes do not require tying, they only need to be positioned in space so that they do not interfere with each other and are not covered from the sun.

This tomato is watered according to the usual scheme, but a lot of fertilizing is required. They are fed every two weeks using special fertilizers for tomatoes or ordinary organic matter and wood ash. First, they focus on nitrogen, then give complex fertilizing, and with the onset of ripening of tomatoes, you can limit yourself to infusions of ash. With the growth of fruit clusters, the lowest of them can touch the ground. To prevent them from getting dirty and rotting, mulching the beds with hay or chopped straw is used.

Abroad, Rapunzel is already grown on an industrial scale

Surprisingly, this variety is considered very suitable for balcony growing, although they usually try to plant compact tomatoes at home. For this purpose, each bush requires a container of at least 10 liters, such as an old bucket. Drainage (expanded clay, crushed stone) must be laid on the bottom, then a mixture of equal parts of peat, turf and humus. The basic maintenance operations on the balcony are the same as in the greenhouse, only you need to water and feed the plants more often, periodically unfold the containers to the sun, and also, during the flowering period, slightly shake the flower brushes for better pollination.

Testimonials

So far, discussions on the forums about this variety boil down to tips on where to buy seeds.

The Rapunzel tomato is still very little known to our gardeners, and as soon as its seeds go on the free sale, a great interest in the variety is expected. It is connected not even with the excellent taste of the fruit (apparently, it is quite ordinary), but with the unusual structure of the fruit clusters. It looks like this is another variety for those who like to experiment.


Advantages and disadvantages of the variety

The popularity of the "Velmozha" variety is justified by numerous important advantages, which include:

  • high yield
  • excellent taste of vegetables
  • unpretentiousness to weather conditions
  • long-term storage and transportability
  • resistance to pests and diseases.

Among the disadvantages of the variety are the following nuances:

  • to obtain a good harvest, regular plant nutrition should be carried out
  • the need to install reliable supports for the garter
  • need for pinching and pinching
  • the need for regular, especially abundant watering.

Thus, in order to obtain a plentiful, good harvest of "Velmozha" tomatoes, it is necessary to constantly and painstakingly look after the plants. Only in this case will the work and efforts of the farmer be crowned with success.


Ripening period and yield of the variety

Siberian breeders, creating the Japanese crab tomatoes, first of all, took into account the peculiarities of the climate existing in the region. So, the proposed variety of tomatoes has a medium-early ripening period. From the day of sowing the seed to the day of harvest, about 110-115 days should pass. Such a ripening time allows you to grow tomatoes not only in seedlings, but also in a non-seedling way.

The first tomatoes of the proposed variety ripen in 2.5-3 months after sowing the seeds. They are characterized by a particularly large size and can weigh 500-600 g. The yield is generally quite high: with good care, more than 5 kg of vegetables can be harvested from each bush. The yield from 1 m 2 of land exceeds 15 kg. The fruiting process of the variety is limited, as a rule, by climatic conditions. In the greenhouse, however, indeterminate tomatoes can yield until November.


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