Tomato King of Kings - a tomato variety that will surprise you
Tomato variety King of Kings bred in 2000, developed by scientists of the Institute of Genetics named after N.I. Vavilova. A high-yielding and promising F1 hybrid is included in the State Register for the Russian Federation. According to the data provided by the creators of the hybrid, it is recommended that the King of Kings tomatoes be grown in open ground and film greenhouses on personal plots or on farms.
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The indeterminate variety King of Kings is a complex F1 hybrid.
It is characterized by a medium-late fruit ripening period. From sowing seeds to seedlings to the technical ripeness of tomatoes, 110-115 days pass.
Propagated by seeds, however, self-assembled planting material will not produce an identical plant.
To get the King of Kings variety, you need to purchase packaged seeds every year.
Tall bushes reach a height of 1.5-2 m. The stems of the plant have medium leaflet. King of kings requires careful formation of a bush in 1 or 2 stems, and good support.
The laying of the first brush with fruits occurs after the development of the 9th true leaflet on the stem. Subsequent brushes will be formed with an interval of 3-4 sheets, this is a feature of the variety.
Interesting! According to the advice of gardeners who previously grew this hybrid, it is better to form a plant in 1 stalk to get more yield.
Characteristics of flowers and fruits
Tomatoes have a rounded shape, slightly flattened at the end. The color of ripe tomatoes is bright red; the color on the top of the fruit is darker. On the surface there is a barely noticeable ribbing.
The meaty flesh with a dense structure tastes good. In one brush at the same time 5 tomatoes ripen. The average weight of sweet fruits with a slight acidity is 800-1000 g, the minimum is 200 g.
Interesting! Gardeners note that the hybrid is not prone to cracking, although tomatoes grow large.
High yielding variety. Subject to the agrotechnical rules of growing from one bush, you can collect up to 5 kg of tomatoes.
On a note!When growing the King of Kings hybrid in film greenhouses, productivity increases significantly.
Fruits have good keeping quality. Under conditions of proper storage and transportation, they can maintain their presentation and not lose their taste for 30-40 days.
The variety can be successfully grown in Moldova, in Ukraine. The plant needs good illumination and a long daylight, therefore, in areas with a short summer, tomato seedlings poorly take root and develop.
In areas of the middle zone of the Russian Federation begins to be capricious, it is necessary to grow in greenhouses. In the southern regions, cultivation without shelter is possible.
The King of Kings tomato belongs to salad varietal hybrids; it is not suitable for canning and pickling, since the fruits are of impressive size. Recommended for making sauces, juices, pies and casseroles.
Photo fruits tomato King of Kings
Tomato subspecies King of Kings
The family of hybrids is famous for its variety of varieties.
The pink king. Hybrid mid-early fruit ripening. It is distinguished by good taste qualities of fruits. The plant is indeterminate, needs to be formed. Ripe fruits in a light pink hue. The average weight of tomatoes is 250-300 grams.
King of Siberia. Tomatoes, like the variety mentioned above, are indeterminate. The plant has a color from yellow to orange, the weight of ripe tomato is an average of 300-350 grams. The taste is considered one of the best varieties, yellow, which is suitable for cultivation in Siberia.
King of London. Large-fruited, mid-early variety. The discovery belongs to Siberian breeders. The bushes are powerful, sprawling, reaching a height of up to 1.7 m. The fruits are large, fleshy, in shape resemble a heart. The mass of one tomato is 500-600 g. The variety is resistant to diseases, has good transportability, and is suitable for cultivation in open ground.
King of the market. A determinant variety of medium early maturity. Vegetable growers are advised to purchase a variety for cultivation in the open field and only in the southern regions. Rounded fruits weighing 300 g are colored red. From 1 m2 You can collect up to 10 kg of fruit.
Seeds need to be purchased from trusted suppliers, as some varieties tend to degenerate.
- Unpretentious variety with pleasant, sweet, slightly sour fruits. Tomatoes have a slightly pronounced ribbing.
- A high-yielding hybrid that allows you to collect up to 5 kg of tomatoes from one bush.
- Possibility of growing through seedlings, bushes tolerate transplanting well and quickly take root.
- Presentation of fruits, good keeping quality and transportability.
- Resistance to late blight.
- Among the shortcomings, it is possible to distinguish that the King of kings is demanding on the climatic conditions of cultivation, therefore, with a short summer and cool weather, this variety can be grown only in greenhouse conditions.
- The hybrid is resistant to late blight, but it has virtually no immunity to other diseases.
Planting and reproduction
Sowing seeds for seedlings is carried out in March. By this time, the soil and containers should already be prepared. The soil should be nutritious with a pH of 6.2-6.5.
You can prepare the soil for planting yourself. It is necessary to take garden soil, humus and compost in equal proportions, mix well and spill with a solution of potassium permanganate, thus conducting soil disinfection.
After checking the seeds for germination, they are buried in the soil by 1.5 cm and covered with a layer of soil. Then the soil surface is moistened from a fine spray, the container is covered with a bag and put in a bright place.
It is necessary to ventilate the plantings daily. After the emergence of seedlings, the film is removed and a pot of seedlings is exposed on a light windowsill. It is recommended to grow plants at a temperature of + 16-18 ° C.
Pickling seedlings is carried out in the development phase of 2 true leaves. In advance, seedlings are well watered and only then planted in separate cups.
Attention!Seedlings feel great on wick irrigation: they are growing and developing rapidly. This method will not allow the drying up of an earthen coma, so the root system will absorb water as soon as this becomes necessary.
After germination, 2 months should pass before seedlings can be planted in the garden or in the greenhouse. Planted only in warm soil, heated to + 16-18 ° C.
The frequency of watering depends on the size of the bush and the number of fruits. The higher and more powerful the plant, the more water is required. You can find out that the soil needs moistening by the fact that the earth around the tomato is cracked. Do not allow the complete drying of the earthen coma.
After irrigation, when the water is well absorbed into the soil and the plants are saturated with moisture, it is recommended to loosen the soil to provide air access to the root system.
Stepson and garter
To obtain a rich crop, the plant needs to be tied and studded. The formation of the bush is carried out in 1-2 stems, so the extra tips need to be pinched. Over time, new stepsons appear on the bushes, which will have to be removed 2-3 times during the growing season.
Why do you need to tie up tomatoes?
The tied tomatoes get more natural light, air circulates well between the bushes, which prevents the plants from getting sick. Another advantage of growing on trellis: plants do not break under the weight of their fruits.
- to the wire frame;
- to horizontal trellis;
- production of a fence from a wire is possible;
- installing pegs next to tomatoes;
- to the grid.
Vegetable growers recommend tying to a trellis. This method will protect the fruits from damage and will keep the plants during their rapid growth.
Fertilizer and fertilizing
The king of kings responds well to fertilizer application. Before planting, crop rotation must be considered. Phosphate and potassium fertilizers must be added to each well.
Throughout the growing season, plants need to be fed with organic matter. You can use infused chicken manure, diluted in water, mullein. An extract from mineral fertilizers will not hurt.
Growing varieties in a greenhouse
The variety is recommended to be grown indoors, especially if the climatic conditions are not warm enough. The large-fruited hybrid is very demanding on the temperature regime, does not tolerate day and night temperature differences, so it is better not to risk the crop and grow in film greenhouses.
Diseases and Pests
The variety is not considered resistant to various diseases, just not afraid of late blight.
- fruit or leaf anthracnose;
- gray rot;
- verticillus wilting;
- white rot;
- fusarium wilt;
- root rot.
In conditions of high humidity of air and soil, tomatoes can become ill with alternariosis. Viral and bacterial infections rarely infect plants. Among them are known: mosaic, mottling, cancer.
Despite the fact that diseases most often arise as a result of improper care, it is recommended to regularly inspect plantings for the disease.
Tomato King of Kings - a promising variety for cultivation in suburban areas. Vegetable growers recommend listening to advice and growing a variety in greenhouse conditions. Thus, productivity will increase significantly and tomatoes will be less susceptible to various diseases.
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