It is difficult to imagine a garden crop more popular than tomatoes. But being from warm tropical countries, they hardly adapt to the harsh, sometimes Russian conditions. It is especially difficult in this sense to the gardeners of the northern regions, as well as Siberia and the Urals. Not all gardeners have the opportunity to build a greenhouse or hotbed for growing vegetables, and you really want to eat fresh tomatoes from your garden.
Especially for these areas, a new variety of tomatoes called Bullfinch was bred by breeders of the North-West region. This variety has not yet been included in the State Register of Russia and it can sometimes be found on sale under the name - Bullfinches. The very name of it already speaks about the cold resistance of tomato bushes of this variety. But it differs also in other characteristics attractive to any gardener.
Tomato Snegir was specially bred for cultivation in the open ground of Siberia, the Far East, the Urals and the North-West of the European part of Russia. It is known that the climatic and weather conditions of these regions are not at all suitable for the cultivation of tomatoes.Attention! The main feature of tomatoes Bullfinch is that they are able to maintain the possibility of fruiting, even with insufficient lighting and after a sudden cold snap or even frost.
In a short summer, it is very important that the tomatoes ripen as soon as possible. Tomato Bullfinch can be called super-ripening, because the first tomatoes ripen after 90-95 days from the appearance of mass shoots. Under the conditions of the North-West region, when growing a tomato Bullfinch in the open field without additional shelters, the first crop can be harvested around July 20-25.
Interestingly, due to the early ripening time, this variety of tomatoes can be sown immediately in open ground. Of course, in the conditions of the middle band and the Urals, it is better to sow under the shelter with a double layer of film and protect young shoots from return frost. On the other hand, in this case, bushes without a picking will be able to give the maximum possible yield - up to 3 kg from a bush - albeit at a later date than usual.
Tomato Bullfinch can be attributed to the determinant varieties of tomatoes. This means that it is very limited in growth, the trunk is very strong and the whole look of a tomato bush is solid and squat. In height, it grows only up to 35-40 cm and does not require staking at all, but at the same time trimming and garters. This, of course, greatly facilitates the care of tomato bushes, although the bushes still need support when the crop is ripening, otherwise the branches may break under the weight of the fruit. Also, to improve the ventilation and prevent fungal diseases, all lower leaves from the base should be gradually removed.
The inflorescence of this sort of tomato is formed of an intermediate type. The first brush begins to form after 6-7 leaves. The rest - every 1-2 sheets.
If we take into account the early terms of ripening tomato variety Bullfinch, we can say that it is characterized by a good yield - an average of 5-6 kg of fruit per square meter. meterTip! Tomato Bullfinch has the peculiarity to give a greater yield when grown on relatively poor soils, so in no case do not overfeed the bushes, especially with nitrogen fertilizers.
In addition, with abundant fertilizing with various fertilizers, first of all with nitrogen, the terms of fruiting are postponed. As a result, a tomato variety from early ripening can turn into an average. This fact is often faced by novice gardeners when growing ultra early tomato varieties.
Tomato Bullfinch is sufficiently resistant to most of the diseases inherent in the family of nightshade, especially against late blight. In addition, it is quite drought-resistant and can tolerate short-term water shortages. All these qualities, combined with short stature and low light tolerance, make it easy to grow tomatoes of this variety on the balcony and even in indoor conditions.
Characteristics of tomatoes
For gardeners who are trying to grow tomatoes in not the most favorable conditions, it is very important that the resulting fruits have all the characteristics of full-fledged tomatoes. And the variety Bullfinch in this sense will not disappoint them. The following characteristics are characteristic of its fruits:
- The shape of the tomatoes is traditionally rounded, they are smooth and aligned.
- In the process of ripening, the fruits acquire a bright red color, and in the stage of technical maturity they are dark green.
- The flesh of tomatoes is juicy, and the skin, though thin, can cope with the cracking of fruits.
- Despite the small size of the bushes, tomatoes of the Bullfinch variety are quite decent sizes, the weight of one fruit averages 140-160 grams. In particularly favorable conditions, the weight of the fruit can reach 200 grams.
- Tomatoes have quite good marketability, as they are rarely damaged by diseases.
- Taste characteristics of tomatoes are good, they can be used fresh, and used for various types of preservation.
Tomato varieties Bullfinch, with the characteristics and description of the variety which you could see above, gets good feedback from summer residents and gardeners, primarily due to its unpretentiousness to the most varied growing conditions.
Eugene, 36 years old, Perm region In our lands it is customary to grow tomatoes exclusively in greenhouses or hotbeds. But my summer cottage appeared recently, so I am trying to grow tomatoes in the open. At the beginning of August we have to tear them green, as the phytophtora later begins to run amok. I heard from my friend about the new cold-tolerant varieties of tomatoes from the company Biotechnika and ordered on the Internet tomato seeds Bullfinch. Yes, indeed, all without fraud, the seedlings settled down well after planting in the ground, quickly went into growth, and I first tried a ripe tomato from a bush at the very end of July. During the summer I didn’t do anything with the bushes of tomatoes, I just set up the pegs and tied up the tomatoes when they started to pour - they were quite large and there were a lot of them, so I was afraid that the branches would not withstand such a burden. Yield is also quite satisfied - the wife even made the first spin of her own red tomatoes, so I will grow it next year.Elena, 43, Chelyabinsk Sowed Snegirya seeds in a few terms, since only a few seeds of her own seeds have grown . And when I started planting seedlings, I saw another bush, which was stretching out from under the branches, which I sketched from the edge of the beds to hold the snow. Apparently, the seeds from the fruits of this tomato that I had not noticed last year sprouted. So all my summer several dozens of bushes of different sowing dates and two more bushes that grew self-sowing grew in me. I didn’t take care of the latter at all, only watering them occasionally for company with other plants. And it had to happen that in August I saw a lot of tomatoes on them. Some were rather large. As a result, I can say that from these two bushes I gathered the largest crop of tomatoes - from each about 25 fruits.
It is possible that Bullfinch variety tomatoes will not strike you with their dessert taste, but you will agree that it is difficult to find another variety of tomatoes that would bring a good harvest of full-fledged, weighty tomatoes in conditions of insufficient heat and as soon as possible.