In recent years, many gardeners have been fond of growing tomatoes of various colors. Thanks to the work of breeders, the choice of varieties and hybrids of these vegetables has become huge. A tomato rainbow can decorate a garden bed, a feast, and preparations for the winter. At the beginning of our century, a swamp color appeared in this spectrum, which gave the name to the variety itself - Swamp.
How marsh tomatoes appeared
Modern gardeners can surprise and please their family, relatives and friends with tomatoes not only red, but also pink, orange, yellow, lilac, lemon, green, purple, almost white and almost black.
Thanks to the work of breeders, the choice of multi-colored varieties and hybrids of tomatoes has become huge.
By the beginning of the 21st century, the Moscow firm "Gisok-Agro" had developed tomatoes of the original color of marsh greenery.
Swamp tomatoes appeared in the State Register in the 2000s of our century
In December 2002, the State Commission for Testing and Protection of Breeding Achievements received its application to conduct a variety testing of the Boloto tomato. In 2004, a new variety of tomatoes was entered by the State Variety Commission into the State Register for small personal and private farms in most regions in the European part of the country.
Characteristics of the tomato Swamp
Growing tomatoes Swamp is recommended under the shelters of the film. These fruitful tomatoes ripen quite quickly: after full sprouting, it takes only 95 days to harvest the first fruits.... The Swamp tomato variety belongs to the early maturing.
Tomato Swamp is an indeterminate plant, that is, its shoots grow as much as weather conditions allow. In the State Register, the height of the bushes is not indicated, and on the Internet, the numbers are very different - from 0.8 to 1.5 meters. This indicator largely depends on the place of cultivation, climate and weather, adherence to agricultural practices. Naturally, at such a high height, the plants require tying up.
The first simple inflorescence appears on the plant after the developed ninth true leaf, the next brushes - above every third leaf.
Formed fruits have a flat-rounded ribbed shape. Unripe tomatoes are green in color, with a noticeable darker spot in the area of the stalk. Ripe tomatoes remain green or turn yellow-green, interspersed with pink or yellow.
Swamp tomatoes ripen within 95 days after the germination of seeds sown for seedlings; ripe tomatoes remain green or turn yellow-green
The fruits of the Swamp tomato gain weight in the range of 150–250 grams and have at least 4 seed nests in the context.
In the context of the Swamp tomatoes, it can be seen that inside they have at least 4 seed nests
During the variety testing, 5.4 kg of marketable fruits of the Boloto variety were removed from each square meter of planting (3 bushes per square meter)... At the same time, the taste of these tomatoes, sweet with a slight sourness, was rated by experts as excellent.
By appointment, the tomato Swamp is universal. It is eaten with pleasure simply sliced or in fresh salads, processed into various tomato products, and harvested for future use.
For all the attractiveness of the Boloto tomato variety, the gardeners who grew it note the very low keeping quality of the fruits and their unsuitability for transportation: tomatoes quickly deteriorate, and during transportation they crumple and lose their appearance.
We weigh the harvest of Swamp tomatoes - video
Tomato Swamp in our garden
To start the Swamp variety on your site is within the power of every gardener. Growing this tomato does not require any additional work. Swamp agrotechnology will require compliance with the most general rules applied when growing tomatoes:
- Cultivated tomato Swamp through seedlings. When growing it independently, the rules common to all tomatoes are observed:
- maintain a temperature regime of 22-25 ºС;
- watered as the top layer of the earth dries up;
- dive at the stage of 2-3 true sheets;
- the seedlings are hardened for a week before planting in a permanent place, taking them out to fresh air.
- For cultivation of the variety, beds with light soil that have a neutral acidity level are chosen.
- Seedlings are planted under a film or in a greenhouse from late May to early June when it reaches the age of 55-60 days.
- Optimum planting density - 40 x 50 cm.
- For best results, the Swamp tomatoes are shaped into two stalks.
It is recommended to lead this tomato in 2 stems
- Although the variety is called Swamp and requires daily watering, irrigation is carried out, depending on the soil, in such a volume that stagnant water does not occur.
- Like other varieties of tomatoes, the Swamp is fed 3-4 times a season using complex mineral fertilizers in accordance with the instructions for them.
- The Swamp variety is not resistant to pests and diseases, therefore, preventive treatments are carried out with appropriate preparations in compliance with the concentrations and frequency of treatments prescribed in the instructions for them..
Swamp tomato shows the best results when grown in a greenhouse
Reviews of Swamp tomatoes
From the description of the Boloto variety tomatoes, we can conclude that everyone can grow this fruitful and tasty tomato. In addition, it will make your menu not only more varied, but also useful due to the substances and elements necessary for the human body contained in it.
History of creation
This variety was bred by breeders from Russia several years ago, almost immediately it was entered into the State Register of our country and recommended for cultivation under film shelters in different regions of Russia. In the south, you can plant the Swamp tomato directly in open ground.
Despite the fact that the variety is quite new, many summer residents have already grown it in their gardens. Reviews of the variety of tomatoes Swamp are very different, but not everyone likes that this tomato is quite capricious, requires additional care, cannot stand a drop in temperature. But most vegetable growers note the exoticism of ripe fruits, which brings variety to garden beds.
"Japanese crab" is a very grateful variety that can produce a good harvest of vegetables only with proper care. The variety requires special care and attention from the first days of cultivation. So, before proceeding with the cultivation of tomatoes, it is important to determine the time and place of planting the seeds:
- tomato seeds can be sown in a heated greenhouse in early April
- in an unheated greenhouse, favorable conditions are established by the beginning of May
- it is recommended to sow grains in open ground in late May - early June
- at home for seedlings, tomato seeds are usually sown in early April.
It is worth noting that tomato seeds are not afraid of the cold and can be sown in open ground early enough, but this will not speed up the process of fruit ripening, since the germination of the seeds will occur only after the weather is favorable. When growing seedlings at home, you also need to pay special attention to the date of planting the seeds, because in favorable conditions the plants can grow quite quickly and exceed the recommended parameters by the time they are planted in the ground.
For different regions of the country, the timing of sowing seeds for seedlings may vary. It is recommended to sow seeds for seedlings 60 days before the day of the proposed planting of seedlings in the ground. At the time of planting, tomatoes should have 6 true leaves and a stem height of about 20-25 cm.
It is necessary to place seedlings in open ground or in a greenhouse according to a two-row or checkerboard pattern. There should be no more than 3 indeterminate plants per 1 m 2 of soil. Caring for Japanese crab tomatoes is standard, including watering, loosening and weeding the soil. Fertilizers need to be applied regularly, at least 4-5 times during the entire growing season. It should be remembered that nitrates can accumulate in ripe fruits, therefore, at the stage of active ripening of tomatoes with dressings, you need to be careful.
Swamp tomatoes taste very juicy and tender, ideal in salads or simply eat fresh from the bush. One drawback, the variety is absolutely not "stable", and is also not suitable for transportation. I liked the variety with its taste, I recommend it for growing!
I grew the variety "Swamp" in a greenhouse, the yield showed average, the fruits are prone to cracking. But given that I planted them exclusively for fresh consumption, I can say with confidence that the taste and tenderness of this tomato wins over the shortcomings.
A very unusual and exotic variety, but excellent in taste, with a juicy, sweetish pulp. Just before plucking from the bush, you need to probe the fruit for softness, since the color changes very little and you can remove the unripe one.
An excellent tomato, I have never regretted growing this variety! Grandchildren eat tomato directly from the bush, fresh, without salt, sour cream or mayonnaise, and they love it very much for its sweet taste.
About the taste of this variety, I can say that it just melts in your mouth, the pulp is fleshy, juicy. The fruits are large enough, almost the same size. It is not stored for a long time, after removal from the bush, it can lie down for a maximum of 5-7 days and begins to deteriorate. I like the variety, compared it with the “Frog Princess”, won in many positions.