Pink salad tomato is Grandma's secret

 Pink salad tomato is Grandma's secret

Even among mature adults, the mention of a grandmother brings back memories of childhood, home comfort and goodies, carefully prepared with their own hands. Tomato variety Babushkin's secret brings joy of recognition and meeting with forgotten sensations.

The history of growing tomato varieties Babushkin's secret

The creators of the tomato variety Babushkin Secret, Vladimir Nikolaevich Dederko and Tatyana Nikolaevna Postnikova, the authors of many Siberian tomatoes, announced it in 2005.The variety was included in the State Register two years later with a recommendation to grow in open ground or under film shelters, depending on the weather conditions in all regions of Russia.

Large pink fruits of tomato Grandma's secret

Description of the plant

The height of the stem when grown in greenhouses reaches one and a half to two meters. This is a plant with unlimited growth, on the packaging you can find the definition of indeterminate. Needs tying up. In the open field, the bushes are slightly lower.

The leaves are large, dark green in color. Bright yellow flowers are collected in inflorescences of 5-7 pieces. The first brush is laid above the eighth leaf, and then the rest of the inflorescences follow every two leaves. The growth of the bush is limited by pinching the top above the sixth or seventh brush, so that the set fruits have time to ripen.

Flowers are collected in simple inflorescences, tomatoes hang on stalks with articulation

The peduncle is geniculate. Fruits are large, rounded, flattened closer to the top. The surface is ribbed. The skin is thin, colored in a raspberry-pink color. The pulp is dense, fleshy, sugary. The first fruits are usually more massive. The average weight of one tomato is slightly more than 350 g.

Tomato pulp Grandma's secret is fleshy, dense, with a minimum amount of seeds

Because of their excellent taste, Babushkin's Secret tomatoes are used fresh and for home canning. There is little juice in the pulp, but the puree is of the highest quality.

When growing the variety in the southern regions, you can make an excellent delicacy yourself - sun-dried tomatoes. To do this, it is enough to divide the tomatoes lengthwise into halves, spread them on trays with the cut up. Sprinkle each piece with coarse salt and expose the trays to the sun. The salt will help draw moisture out of the fabrics and speed up the drying process. The scorching sun and wind will complete the work.

The fleshy fruits of the tomato make an exquisite delicacy

Like other tomatoes, the fruits of this variety contain vitamins A, C, E, group B and trace elements. But Grandma's secret also has surprises. The pulp of pink tomatoes contains more selenium than fruits of other colors. It is a trace element that is part of the enzymes that have an antioxidant effect. Selenium contributes to the maintenance of human immunity, has the property of protecting the nervous tissue, restores the heart muscle and prevents the destruction of the liver. Selenium is also credited with anticancer effects.

Characteristics of the variety

Tomatoes Babushkin's Secret are mid-season... From the moment of sowing seeds for seedlings to the beginning of fruiting, it takes about four months. Providing good plant nutrition, you can get up to 8 kg of tomatoes from a bush. Fruiting indoors is long-term. If the growth of the shoot is not limited, the ovary will form even before frost, but you need to provide the plants with warmth and light. The yield of the variety in greenhouses is almost 17 kg / m2... In the open field, the plants themselves are smaller and, accordingly, the harvested crop.

Advantages of the variety:

  • The ability to grow indoors and outdoors.
  • Long-term fruiting and productivity.
  • Excellent taste and large fruit size.
  • Unpretentious care.


  • Fruits can crack when overripe and watering flaws.
  • Due to the thin skin, they are easily injured, therefore they are not very transportable.

With watering flaws, the fruits may crack, but the taste is still excellent

Growing tomato varieties Babushkin's secret

Seeds for seedlings are sown four months before the expected harvest date. The process of obtaining seedlings itself does not differ from that for other varieties of tomatoes. Sowing is carried out either in peat tablets or glasses, or seedling cassettes. You can also use a common container, then dive the seedlings. But this is how thin root hairs are damaged, and the plants experience stress. Fortunately, now you do not have to bother preparing a potting mixture - there is a large selection of ready-made nutrient soil for tomatoes.

Two seeds are planted in each nest, then pinch the weaker one

Before planting, the soil is spilled with a weak solution of potassium permanganate, that is, potassium permanganate, or treated with Fitosporin. The seeds can be soaked in advance in a solution of the same Fitosporin or Epin. Sometimes the seeds are wrapped in a damp cloth and wait until they hatch, and then they are sown one by one in the ground. Each seed is buried 1.5–2 cm. Then the cassettes are covered with foil or glass and placed in a warm place, ensuring the temperature is at least 25 aboutC. Make sure that the soil in the cassettes does not dry out.

After seeding, the cassettes are covered with glass or a transparent lid to create a greenhouse effect

With the appearance of the first sprouts, the film is removed, the seedlings are transferred to the most illuminated place, while the room temperature is reduced to 18 aboutFROM. A month and a half after sowing, the seedlings are ready for planting. In two weeks, they begin to temper her, periodically bringing it out for a short while on a cool balcony. Gradually, the exposure time to cold air is increased. Ready seedlings are planted in greenhouses at a distance of at least half a meter. A complex fertilizer is added to each well according to the instructions and ash. Up to 90 cm is left in the aisles.

When growing high varieties of tomato, at least 90 cm is left between the rows, so that it is convenient to care for the bushes and harvest

Plants lead into one stem, tied to a support. In order for the forces of the shoot to be directed to the formation of fruits, with the appearance of the first brush, all the leaves under the inflorescence are removed. In the future, all stepchildren and leaves are removed under new brushes.

Both in greenhouses and in open ground, you need to weed in time and loosen the soil around the bushes. Watering tomatoes needs regular, but without stagnant water. Greenhouses must be ventilated so that there is no high humidity.

The long-awaited harvest is ripe

I preferred pink-fruited tomatoes, not even knowing how good they were in composition and biological action. I was attracted by the dense pulp combined with the delicate skin. This created certain problems when buying such tomatoes, but with the advent of its own plot, it stopped worrying. Fortunately, cultivating them turned out to be not very troublesome. In salads, these are the best tomatoes for me. And for canning, I grow several more varieties of tomatoes with oval or elongated fruits, and pour them with boiling mashed potatoes from fleshy pink varieties. I don't even peel off the peel, I just remove it more fruitfully, scroll it through a meat grinder, add salt and boil. It remains to sterilize the cans and tighten. At the same time, a minimum of water is harvested, and the taste is incomparable.

Growing in the open field under adverse weather conditions: cold and rainy weather, is fraught with fungal diseases. Tomatoes especially often suffer from late blight. Therefore, the variety is cultivated in the open field in the southern, hottest regions, where there is no threat of disease.

In hot weather and an abundance of light, plantings are not afraid of diseases

Variety reviews

If in Belinsky's quote the word “theater” is replaced with “tomato”, then the phrase will exactly reflect the mood of gardeners growing tomatoes and will sound: “Tomato! Do you love tomato the way I love it ... ”, prioritizing the choice of varieties for planting. Grandma's secret may be in the favorites.

Cucumber Adam: description and characteristics of the variety, cultivation features, photos, reviews

The number of varieties and hybrids of cucumbers is huge, and it is very difficult to choose the right one. Among the best is far from the newest hybrid Adam F1: it has an excellent taste and good yield, it can be grown in any conditions, the first greens appear quickly.

Description of cucumber Adam, its characteristics, growing region

Adam F1 is a parthenocarpic hybrid obtained in Holland. It is the fruit of the work of the famous seed company BejoZaden B. V. In this organization, they are engaged in obtaining new varieties of various vegetable crops. The hybrid came to Russia in 1989, but only in 2002 was it entered into the State Register of the Russian Federation and recommended for cultivation in all climatic regions.

Since the cucumber Adam F1 can be planted both in the open field, and in temporary greenhouses, and in permanent greenhouses, it makes no sense to limit the regions of its cultivation. It is known both in the south of the Stavropol Territory and in the Leningrad Region; it is planted by amateur gardeners and farmers in large agricultural enterprises.

Adam F1 is an early ripe cucumber, the first fruits are picked 45–52 days after germination. Differs in high yield, up to 10 kg / m2. Indeterminate, but the height of the bush with vertical culture is not prohibitive.

It is on the trellis that it is customary to grow this variety.

For pollination of female flowers, bees and other flying insects are not required, at the same time, the availability of plants for insects does not affect the shape of the fruits and their quality, which explains the possibility of growing the variety in the open field.

Stems are thick, light green, leaves are small, their color is from green to dark green. Possesses high resistance to a complex of diseases, in particular:

  • powdery mildew,
  • cucumber mosaic,
  • olive spot.

Zelentsy have a rich dark green color, small tubercles, with white pubescence. Their length is about 10 cm, diameter is 3-4 cm, weight is about 90 g. The fresh fruit tastes very good.

It should be borne in mind that the taste qualities of such parthenocarpic varieties of Dutch selection as Amur 1801, Atik, Yildo, Infinity are rated slightly higher: they are characterized as excellent.

The fruit of the Adam variety has an ordinary cucumber aroma, there is a sweetish aftertaste. In a cool place, the fruits are stored for up to 2 weeks. Regarding the direction of use, the data in the State Register are contradictory: both salad and canning purposes are indicated, which, apparently, indicates the versatility of the use of the crop.


The appearance of Adam cucumbers favorably differs from varieties that in the recent past were called the offensive word "greenhouse". Both in shape and color, it meets all the characteristics of a traditional "crispy" cucumber, and the presence of tubercles and pubescence only emphasizes the elegance of this cucumber..

Cucumber Adam is a "classic of the genre" in shape: appetizing both outside and inside

Advantages and disadvantages of a hybrid

The popularity of the cucumber Adam F1 is due to the merits noted by experts and amateurs. The positive qualities of a hybrid include:

  • good yield
  • early but extended fruiting
  • excellent presentation of Zelentsov
  • good taste
  • ability to transport and crop safety
  • resistance to major diseases
  • self-pollination.

The noted characteristics make it possible to recommend the hybrid to novice gardeners. But you should also take into account the disadvantages, which are few, for example:

  • inability to use seeds from your harvest
  • thin peel, forcing you to handle greens with caution.

A feature of the cucumber Adam is that it feels equally good both in the greenhouse and in the open field, both the yield and the quality of the fruits practically do not depend on the location.... Are there still such cucumbers? Of course there is.

The variety of varieties in the lists of the State Register, and in any store, is such that it is very difficult to choose the right one, a description of the characteristics of the variety, its cultivation and use, as well as reviews of experienced gardeners, who always pay attention to when choosing a variety, can help.

There are amateurs who every year try to test all the new hybrids that have been born, but this is becoming more and more difficult.

There are summer residents who prefer traditional old varieties and get good yields from the well-known Nezhinsky, Altai, Competitor, etc. In addition, you can get your own seeds from varieties (not hybrids).

It is difficult to give recommendations on the choice of a variety when there are many hundreds of them. Probably, it is still more correct to choose a variety "for yourself" by trial and error.

Features of planting and growing cucumber Adam

The agricultural technology of Adam cucumbers differs little from that for most early-ripening varieties of universal use. Both direct sowing of seeds into the ground and cultivation through the seedling stage are possible... In the south, if there is no need for early production, they do not grow seedlings, and in the northern regions the seedless method is rarely used.

Growing seedlings

Sowing seeds of cucumber Adam in cups is engaged in a month before planting seedlings in a garden or greenhouse. Planting seedlings in the garden is carried out at a soil temperature of at least 15 ° C, as well as the transition of night air temperatures through 10 ° C. In the middle lane, this is the beginning of June, so sowing seeds for seedlings is carried out no earlier than the end of April.

The seeding time for seedlings for a greenhouse is determined by the quality of this greenhouse.

The preparation of seeds for cucumber Adam F1, like any hybrid, is not required. If there are shriveled seeds in the bag, it is best to throw them away. The seeds are not cheap, so they are planted one at a time. The capacity of the cups is at least 250 ml, it is better to take peat pots... If there are no components for your soil, you can buy it in a store, or you can make it from peat, turf, sawdust, humus.

The seeds of the cucumber Adam are sown to a depth of 1.5 cm, watered well, covered with glass and placed in a bright place with a temperature of 25-28 ° C. After emergence in 5–8 days of seedlings, the temperature is reduced to 17–18 ° C and left at this level for 4–5 days. Subsequently, cultivation is continued at 24 ° C during the day and 18 ° C at night.

There is no need to try to grow seedlings in a common box: cucumbers are planted in a garden bed, trying not to damage the roots even to a minimum.

Seedling care is simple: this is watering and, if the bushes stop growing, one feeding with a solution of complex fertilizer. Shortly before planting in the garden, the seedlings are hardened, taking them out for a short time to the balcony.

Planting cucumbers Adam in the open field and greenhouse

Cucumbers need fertile beds, even fresh manure is suitable for fertilization, the dose is 2-3 buckets per 1 m2. The best predecessors are cabbage, legumes, and potatoes. In the open ground, they often prepare "warm beds" by burying a "pillow" of various organic waste in the ground in advance.

Planting seedlings of Adam cucumbers without shelter in the middle lane is carried out no earlier than the beginning of summer. Seedlings are removed with an earthen clod and planted without deepening. Water and mulch well. Direct sowing of seeds in a garden bed is carried out a week earlier, to a depth of 2.5–3 cm.

Since they try to grow the cucumber Adam on a trellis, a dense planting is possible, after 25-30 cm.

Planting seedlings or sowing seeds in a greenhouse is carried out in the same way, the timing depends on the quality of the greenhouse: they do this when the required air and soil temperature is reached. Cucumber Adam is convenient to plant both at the side wall and opposite the entrance to the greenhouse (in the latter case, 2 rows are planted on both sides of the trellis).

You should not let Adam cucumber lash on the ground: with vertical cultivation, care is easier, and the yield is higher

Cucumber care Adam

In a greenhouse, the yield of this cucumber may be slightly higher, but in the open field, cucumbers are usually tastier. The main concerns are watering, feeding, forming whips, picking cucumbers on time.

Watering is carried out in the evening with water warmed up in the sun. The frequency and consumption of water depends on the weather, but the soil should not dry out.

It is loosened only to a shallow depth, the weeds are pulled out by hand.

Adam cucumbers are fed up to 4 times per summer, trying to use organic matter. First, 2 weeks after planting the seedlings, then with the appearance of the first flowers and during the period of intense fruiting.

When 4–5 leaves appear, the main stem of the Adam cucumber is tied with a soft ribbon to the support, then as it grows. When a height of 50 cm is reached, the side shoots are removed.

After the central stem reaches the height of the trellis, it is pinched, and the side stems are pinched: to a height of 1 m above the 3rd leaf, up to 1.5 m - above the 4th, up to 2 m - above the 5th. The load on the plant can be regulated by removing certain lateral shoots.

The old lower leaves are torn off as they turn yellow. Gradually, the main fruiting in this hybrid moves up the lashes, this is a normal process.

If space allows, indeterminate cucumbers can not be pinched at the top, but hang the lashes from the top wire of the trellis

The crop must be removed systematically, preferably every other day: this stimulates the appearance of new cucumbers. They do this early in the morning or late in the evening, helping themselves with pruners or scissors.


Cucumber Adam F1 - one of the many excellent early-fruiting cucumbers, universal use. Its undoubted advantage is that it grows well regardless of the place of planting, and caring for it is not difficult.

Advantages and disadvantages of the variety

The advantages of tomatoes Delicacy are easy to list:

  • high taste
  • the ability to grow houses on the balcony
  • resistance to lack of moisture and drought
  • resistance to most diseases
  • duration of fruiting - until the first frost
  • versatility of the use of fruits.

The disadvantages include not the highest yield, demanding fertilization at the stage of plant growth. No other significant shortcomings have been identified.

  • amicable maturation
  • productivity
  • excellent taste
  • excellent presentation
  • keeping quality and transportability.

Main characteristics


Fruiting in a tomato Grandma's Secret is stretched out in time, because the formation of new brushes can be limited only by pinching the top of the stem, so the last fruits can be harvested almost before the cold weather.

A large number of fruits can be harvested from each bush - up to 10 kg of ripe, large, fragrant fruits when grown in garden beds. In greenhouses, the yield of this tomato is higher.


Scope of the fruit

The harvested fruits have a universal purpose, they are especially good in vegetable salads or other snacks. They also prepare twists from these tomatoes for the winter - lecho, adjika, tomato paste.

The fruits of this tomato are also not suitable for whole-fruit canning, since they are too large and do not fit into jars.

Photo of growing tomato Babushkin's secret

Protection from pests and diseases

The variety "Babushkin's Secret", although resistant to disease, is relatively. Better to carry out prevention. The main help is compliance with the rules of care:

  • regular watering (not transfusion)
  • cleaning stepchildren - saves from shade and high humidity, helps to avoid fungal diseases.

The variety itself is strong, but if traces of the disease are noticed on the leaves, it is worth immediately treating the plantings with special preparations. There are also all kinds of drugs against various pests (ants, sucking insects, rodents). It is important to adhere to the waiting times so as not to make the processed fruits unhealthy before harvesting.

Tomato Babushkin's secret: reviews of those who grew the variety

If you have not yet tried to grow this variety, then you need to read the reviews about the Babushkin Secret tomato, most of which are positive. Therefore, these tomatoes deserve attention and the allocated space at their summer cottage.

Tomato Babushkin's Secret can be grown not only in the garden beds, but also in greenhouse conditions. Large-fruited, high yield, good taste of fruits, resistance to fungal diseases - these are the main qualities, thanks to which tomato is appreciated by vegetable growers from different Russian regions.

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