Sometimes you can hear complaints from gardeners about a particular tomato variety. Allegedly, he does not justify the hopes imposed, in the end it gives out at all what is said in the description. And the recommendations are good, but there was no decent harvest. Everyone is inclined to blame the vegetable variety, natural conditions, or something else for their problems, but no one admits that they paid insufficient attention to the grown crop. But there are varieties that should be given special attention, and one of these is considered to be the Pink Flamingo.
Description and characteristics of pink flamingo tomato
Great culture, but it has its own requirements for care. Variety mid-early, the first harvest takes just under four months.
Plant according to characteristics indeterminate, the height of the bush is on average 120 centimeters. The tomato variety perfectly resists diseases such as late blight, fusarium, tobacco mosaic virus.
Pink flamingo tomatoes can be grown in greenhouse conditions and in open beds.
Fruits are large, the average weight is from 200 to 400 grams, differ in plum-like shapes. Up to seven kilograms of tomatoes can be harvested from one square meter of land. The variety is universal, it is recommended for use in the preparation of salads, it has an excellent taste.
Tomatoes have a good marketable appearance, are excellently transported, and can be stored for up to two months. The plant owes its origin to the selection specialists of Russia, who in 2000 entered it into the State Register for the Central Region of the country.
Advantages and disadvantages of the variety
The positive qualities include the following signs:
- the ability to resist diseases;
- the seeds up to six years old can retain the ability to germinate;
- excellent taste.
But there are also negative aspects, which should be mentioned separately:
- crop yield is poor;
- ripe fruits prone to cracking;
- tomatoes do not tolerate the duration of unfavorable conditions.
The description of tomatoes suggests that the plant needs stable temperature and humidity... For a short time, the bushes can still withstand the vagaries of the weather, but this does not last long.
Soil requirements for planting
Like other tomato varieties, Flamingo has many requirements for the soil composition, so you will have to select a site for the beds the most fertile... Otherwise, it is necessary not to be lazy and add the required amount of fertilizers to the soil composition.
The soil should be light, and it will be just great if carrots or legumes have been cultivated here before.
Planting material is necessary disinfect with a weak solution of potassium permanganate... Sometimes gardeners use a soap solution as disinfection. Sowing soil is also spilled with such compounds, then heated to a temperature of twenty-five degrees.
Sowing should be in mid-March, deepening the seeds by two centimeters and leaving the same distance between them. After finishing planting, the soil must be watered, the container must be covered with plastic wrap to create the desired level of moisture. When the first shoots begin to appear, the film can be removed.
Watering is carried out regularly, but not too abundantly. At the initial stage of growth, the lighting should not be overly bright.
Picking this tomato variety is mandatory. The sprouts should form a couple of leaves.
Transplanting tomatoes into open ground
Seedlings are transplanted into the ground after two months, having organized hardening for it beforehand. As a rule, this period falls on May.
Overgrowth of bushes is not allowed, flowering seedlings should not be planted. It is very important that the threat of night frosts is over.
Seedling planting scheme - "Thirty by seventy" centimeters... It is recommended to plant lupil or alfalfa between the rows. Periodically, these plants are mowed down, the bud is mulched with them.
Watering tomato plants is necessary exclusively warm water in the morning or before sunset.
Top dressing is performed two weeks after transplanting the seedlings, using ammonia fertilizers for this. After that, similar procedures for the entire growing season are performed three more times. The plant responds well to wood ash and chicken droppings.
Experienced gardeners recommend forming bushes in two barrels, tying them to supporting pegs, the height of which is not less than a meter.
Bushes during the growth period form a large number of stepchildren, which should be removed in a timely manner. If you neglect this advice, the stems of the bush will grow long and thin. When making the plant, some fruit brushes should also be removed, leaving no more than five pieces on the bushes. This will allow the plant to form large tomatoes and produce a good harvest.
Diseases and their prevention
For preventive purposes, tomato beds are necessary be sure to treat with chemical compounds, which are purchased in specialized stores. This will make it possible to create reliable protection of plants from diseases.
Harvesting and storage rules
With the onset of the autumn season, you can start harvesting. In some areas, this period lasts until October.
Ripe tomatoes perfectly transported, for this reason, many of them are grown for sale. In addition, tomatoes ripen well at room temperature, thereby increasing the shelf life.
The culture is demanding to grow, but it will always reward you with its versatility. The taste of tomatoes is excellent, so it will be a pleasure to eat them fresh.
In addition, tomatoes will become an essential ingredient in many salads and appetizers. Their large size is not a hindrance to harvest conservation. It is not recommended to use Pink Flamingos on tomato juice, as its color is not bright enough.
This variety is considered medium early. It takes 90-95 days to ripen tomatoes. In this case, the tomatoes are tied for a long time - until the autumn frosts. The bushes have strong stems and medium foliage. They reach a height of 1.5-1.8 m. Therefore, the plants must be tied to a support.
The leaves have a carved structure and are distinguished by a rich green hue. Tomatoes of this variety are demanding on the composition of the soil. They are best suited to clean, fertile land.
Tomatoes have an oval elongated shape. On average, they weigh 180 g. But the weight of some specimens reaches 400 g. The first tomatoes are the largest. Then smaller fruits are tied.
The peel has a pink-raspberry hue, smooth surface and high density. Inside there is a juicy pulp with a small amount of seeds.
The yield of the Pink Flamingo tomato is quite high. Up to 10 kg of fruit can be obtained from 1 square meter. Under unfavorable conditions, the parameters are reduced to 5-7 kg.
Features of growing tomatoes Pink flamingos, planting and care
Grown through seedlings. We recommend sowing the seeds of this tomato 60-65 days before the intended planting in the ground. Picking - at the stage of 2 true leaves.
When transplanting seedlings to a permanent place of 1 sq. per meter of plot, it is recommended to place up to 3 plants, when formed in 1 stem - up to 4. Landing scheme: 50 x 40 cm.
We recommend installing a drip irrigation system when growing tomatoes in a greenhouse - this will save you time and effort, as well as increase plant productivity and reduce the risk of late blight.
Pros and cons of the variety
Pink flamingo tomatoes have their own strengths and weaknesses. Benefits:
- High resistance to diseases, immunity to bacteria, fungi. Naturally, preventive treatments with the use of special preparations should not be ignored.
- Fast adaptability to different weather conditions, including unfavorable ones. For this reason, the variety is also grown in areas of so-called risky farming. Frosts, droughts, high humidity or, conversely, dry air are not terrible for crops.
- Long-term storage of plucked fruits - without loss of external characteristics and taste, they lie for about 60 days. Harvesting is possible, including unripe, it tolerates transportation well.
The variety is not suitable for commercial purposes, since it does not give high enough yields. On average, from a square meter of planting, you will collect about 10 kg of fruits - this is not much, given their large size. Whether it is a disadvantage or not, every gardener decides for himself.
One thing is for sure - the culture has excellent taste characteristics and will come in handy on every site.
To minimize the risks of diseases and pests, follow the rules of agricultural technology and apply top dressing in a timely manner. Greenhouses need to be ventilated - otherwise, the humidity may rise and, accordingly, the chances of fungal infection will increase. The soil must be mulched, weeds removed and burned with all plant residues.
Description of the bush
Tomato "Pink Flamingo" is undersized, reviews (photo), the yield is described as above average. The originators, however, indicate that its yield is within 230 - 350 centners per hectare, which is slightly lower than the standard variety. The output of marketable products is at the level of 85%.
The bush is determinate. Its height does not exceed one meter. Since the fruits are quite weighty, experienced vegetable growers prefer to form in two shoots. In very fertile lands, attempts at three-stem formation have also been successful.
The sheet apparatus does not differ in anything special. A medium, green leaf of a classic tomato. The inflorescence of this variety is simple, and the stalk is articulated.
Tomato Pink Flamingo: variety description, reviews
True, sometimes gardeners complain, they say, it turned out not at all what the good reviews promised. However, most of the reasons for failure lie precisely in improper or insufficient care of plants. After all, each variety has its own advantages, one might say, its own character and characteristics. When choosing a Pink Flamingo tomato, you should carefully study its characteristics, especially where all the conditions for the growth and development of culture are indicated. Indeed, sometimes gardeners complain that one thing is said in the description, but the harvest has not come out.
Alas, if we talk about these vegetables, then some varieties of tomatoes require close attention, they cannot just be planted, watered, spilling at times. A good harvest is always the result of great effort, attention and even love. Yes, plants also need warmth, care and attention, coupled with maximum agronomic conditions. Especially when it comes to the Pink Flamingo.
A tomato variety, the Pink Flamingo itself is classified as an indeterminate species, in which the bush continues to grow throughout the period after planting, even when it is time for harvesting. Therefore, do not be surprised if tomatoes grow up to 1.5 meters, and sometimes up to 2 are found.
If we talk about the ripening period, then these are mid-ripening tomatoes. It happens that 90-95 days ripen, but more often the first harvest should be expected no earlier than 110 days.
The fruits are beautiful, large, 150 to 200 g each, individual specimens up to 450 g (more often the first tomatoes come out large, then the flamingo becomes smaller, but very small tomatoes are extremely rare).
The fruit has an elongated, plum-like shape, of medium density, there is no green spot at the stalk (although for most varieties of large tomatoes it is a visiting card). It is clear that tomatoes are pink, sometimes a little darker or lighter (growing conditions will affect here).
Although they can hardly be called undersized, Pink Flamingos are simply amazing to taste, much sweeter than many of their "colleagues" varieties.
Many good reviews about Flamingos are culinary in nature. These are just laudatory odes to tomatoes that you can safely eat like this. Sweet, beautiful and juicy, moreover of medium density. They are easily used in a variety of salads and snacks. Flamingos are also used in canning, although pink tomatoes are known to be rarely used. If we talk about homemade tomato paste or juice, then flamingos are rarely taken. Here the light shade is more likely to blame, not the taste. Although if you try it, the juice will turn out to be pleasantly sweet, the pasta is also delicious.
Of course, for the gardener, plus any vegetable crop, this is its yield. Such a paragraph should contain any characteristic, perhaps even on the first sheet. It is clear that for those who grow up for sale, the harvest pays off the costs and makes a profit. And others who plant vegetables for home use also want to have a good, rich harvest as a worthy result of their time and labor. For the Pink Flamingo, the situation is more complicated.
In general, the sweetest tomato variety has an average yield, when a successful year is 10 kg per square meter (such an indicator is gaining in the size of the fruit), and so it comes out 5-7 kg. Perhaps industrial manufacturers will consider such indicators a disadvantage, but then who will choose what.
A definite plus for flamingos is their resistance to a variety of diseases, which, alas, also affect plants. The tomato has a high, strong immunity against most unpleasant bacteria and fungi, although it is worth regularly treating the bushes. Preventive measure.
Tomatoes, up to a certain point, are able to withstand weather tests: a sudden drought, a sharp drop in temperature (night or morning frosts, for example, a cold snap during the day), low humidity or excessively high. The fruits themselves, if collected, can be stored for quite a long time (1.5-2 months if the storage conditions are correct). You can pick off immature ones (if you put them in a warm place, they mature themselves over time), they tolerate the road well.
You can grow flamingos in a variety of climatic zones (well, no one has canceled greenhouses yet).
Important:seeds from the Pink Flamingo were able to successfully pass the mandatory test for the degree of germination, and the purity of the whole variety was also confirmed there. In the description, there are no obvious flaws, on the forums you can also rarely find negative reviews or photos with failed fruits.
Don't assume that all tomato varieties need to be grown the same. Each variety needs an individual approach, the study of all the subtleties. Only an attentive, caring and hardworking owner will enjoy a rich harvest. For example, Pink Flamingos are really picky about the composition and properties of the soil, so in the garden or greenhouse, find a good area for tomatoes where the soil is fertile, unpaved. Or bring (make) him fertilizers.
True, even with the best soil, fertilizers will still come in handy. After planting, feed with a complex of fertilizers about 2-3 times. He loves mineral (ammonia or phosphate), also organic. Water with warm water (yes, ice cold or just cold is not worth it, still flamingos), either in the early morning, or after waiting for sunset.
Think about seedlings in advance, because you need to find a good place, remembering how tall tomato bushes can grow to like the soil, then take suitable containers (make individual or a couple of common ones, where it is more convenient to grow. Then harden the seeds, treat them immediately from diseases. This is done using a solution of ordinary potassium permanganate, then thoroughly washed in clean, running water.Picking should be done, waiting for the formation of the first two small leaves on the seedlings.
Transplant the bushes for two months (60-70 days). The scheme for future landings is 70 * 40 cm.Gradually form the stem, the bush needs a garter (future gigantic growth). Then watch while it grows in order to clean up all unnecessary stepsons in time. Experienced gardeners really advise to always leave 5-6 brushes or more, then ripening will turn out earlier.
In terms of timing, the first fertilization of tomatoes will be 10-15 days, if you count from the moment the finished seedlings are planted. Common mullein or accumulated bird droppings are more commonly used. A bucket of solution plus 50-60 g from ammophos (superphosphate is possible), there is also 250-300 g from wood ash. Apply under 15-20 plants, combining with watering. Top dressing is best done during the growing season.
Summing up some results, the Pink Flamingo is quite a good, tasty variety, delighting with large, beautiful tomatoes. It is successfully grown in a wide variety of regions, and its tolerance for weather surprises allows it to grow in open, free soil. The yield is average, but if you know all the preferences of the variety, it is quite stable. However, the Pink Flamingo does not require a particularly long or expensive investment.
Attention, feeding, good soil and watering, always with warm water. The appearance of a flamingo is ready to decorate a plot for any gardener, no matter what will grow nearby, even against the background of "colleagues" - other tomato varieties Flamingos are able to stand out.
Important:because of the height of the end bushes, choose a high and reliable support for them. Especially if strong winds are frequent in the region.
Agronomists recommend areas for planting tomatoes where the soil is enriched with green manure plants, in particular:
• White mustard
• Pancake radish
How to achieve? Sow green manures in the spring, even before the planned transfer of tomato seedlings in the open field chosen for it. Then grow with Flamingos. Make dense plantings. Mow the aerial parts from the siderates so that the seeds do not have time to ripen, then mulch the soil near the tomato bushes. The crops of green manure should be regularly changed, without dwelling on something for a long time, each species should be planted no longer than 1-2 years.
“I noticed that the Pink Flamingo still has a drawback. It is prone to cracking. Of course, if the tomatoes are immediately salted or in a salad, this is not scary. But for transportation, if the tomatoes are cracked, they will not last long. Therefore, I recommend that you carefully examine all the fruits before the road. In cultivation, it can and will withstand drought, but is demanding on temperature. Therefore, residents of sharply continental zones, be vigilant. And yes, it is stored for a long time. 2 months for a tomato is good "
“I buy vegetables, I don’t grow them. But sometimes I met Flamingos on the shelves. I tried it. Indeed, it is convenient for salting. The fruits are elongated, narrow and dense. Yes, not scarlet, but these are trifles, the main thing is taste! Cucumbers complement well in a classic tandem. By the way, in the salad too. "
“I've been planting Flamingo, probably for 5 years already. Yes, it is extremely demanding, an infection, to the soil. We have to give him a great plot! In winter I tried it in a greenhouse, nothing, the harvest turned out to be good. Here you just need to prepare the top dressing in advance, and also takes care of the siderates. Well, he loves the "Flamingo" company, what can you do. True, mow the "company" often before their seeds have matured. Examine the bushes themselves. Fuss with "Flamingo" can do more, but it always pleases with taste and appearance at altitude. We eat so calmly, close the cans, children love it for its sweetish taste. And this is important, because there are so many vitamins in tomatoes. It is useful raw. We eat without salt to enjoy its natural flavor. I think I'm used to planting it further. It is unlikely that you will find a tomato variety with small requirements. It's not a potato or a pumpkin, I planted it and practically everything "
“The bushes are huge! The garden becomes either like a real jungle, or I don't know, like a park. The description does not lie, they planted the Flamingo a couple of times so they could be clearly seen from the window. They swung higher than me. I had to take a stool when harvest time came. As for the taste, yes, they are excellent. And the appearance pleased. Yes, some of them crack, but these are trifles, this happens with many tomatoes. I do not consider this a serious drawback, unless, of course, all the fruits for the harvest are cracked. Just cracked ones need to be eaten immediately or twisted if canning is planned. Storage time yes, 2 months stable. They do not deteriorate, do not rot, retain their taste. This makes me happy. Really comfortable in cooking. The inside is not too juicy, you can safely cut it without fear that half of the tomato will remain on the cutting board. "
The correct approach in compliance with agrotechnical requirements for growing will help even a novice gardener to grow strong bushes, avoid diseases and get the highest yield possible.
Seed preparation and sowing
A few weeks before planting, planting material for a Pink Flamingo tomato is subjected to a special preparation that will help increase resistance to infections, select barren flowers and maximize harvesting.
Stages of preparatory work:
- First you need to select the barren flowers. Purchased grains are mostly of high quality, since they are strictly selected in production. But if the seeds of the Pink Flamingo tomato were harvested by hand, then this stage is important. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and drop the grain into a container. After 10-15 minutes, all barren flowers will float to the surface. They are poured together with the solution. High-quality material is washed under running water and dried with a paper towel.
- Further warming up is recommended. Tomato seeds Pink flamingos are tied in a small cloth bag and placed near heat. The air temperature should be around 24-26 ° C. Most often, heating is carried out near a heating battery. Shake the bag periodically. Withstand 1 month. This procedure will improve germination. To speed up the process, you can lower the grains in a plastic bag in a thermos with warm water for 4-5 minutes. The temperature should not exceed 50 ° C.
- Pathogens are often found on the surface of the seeds. For the disinfection procedure, a weak solution of potassium permanganate is used. Grains are immersed in it for 30 minutes. Zelenka (1 ml per glass of water) is also soaked for 30 minutes. Fitosporin-M, planting material is immersed for 2 hours. The solution is prepared from 1.5 g of the product and 150-160 ml of water. After the seeds are washed and dried.
- Growth stimulants, which can be purchased at any specialized store, will help not only improve germination, but also increase immunity to diseases. The procedure is carried out immediately after disinfection. To do this, the planting material is placed in a gauze bag, tied and immersed in the solution (the time is indicated on the package). You can use Kornevin, Sodium humate, Epin-extra, Zircon.
- The last step before planting is the germination of the Pink Flamingo tomato seeds. Lay out 4 layers of gauze on a flat surface, sprinkle with warm water from a spray bottle and place the grains in one layer. Cover with a bag and put in a warm place. It can be near the battery. The liquid should cover the planting material slightly. Spray with water as it dries.
With the appearance of sprouts, the seeds are planted in boxes with soil mixture. The depressions are made to a depth of 1.5-2 cm, one grain is placed and sprinkled with earth on top. Moistened with settled and heated to room temperature water. You can use a watering can or a spray bottle.
Seedling germination conditions
In order for the seedlings to be strong, not to stretch out into growth and have a strong root system, you need to adhere to certain rules for caring for the sprouts. The boxes with planting material are covered with foil and placed in heat (25 ° C) for 5 days. As soon as the first shoots appear from the ground, the film is removed and placed in a lighted place. The temperature should now not exceed 15 ° C. Otherwise, the sprouts will grow strongly. After a week, the temperature conditions are raised again to the previous level.
Picking and replanting seedlings
For this procedure, use peat pots, disposable cups, or just a large container. The main thing is that the seedlings are spacious. This will allow the root system to develop.