Interestingly, by somewhat distorting the real facts to please consumers, producers often do a disservice to themselves and their tomato varieties, which by their other characteristics fully deserve to be loved by gardeners. For experienced gardeners, it is not difficult to notice the substitution, and understand that this is not happiness, and yet not leave their interest to their variety. But for beginners, most likely, there will be an unpleasant aftermath of inaccuracies in the advertising description of the variety, and if there are still any inconsistencies, they will completely abandon the cultivation of this tomato, and will be right in their own way.
This fully applies to the popular with many, and well-known first-class tomato varieties Pink cheeks. The variety of tomato pink cheeks has many excellent characteristics and the reviews about it are often quite favorable, but in the description of the manufacturer it seems as though the emphasis was placed on its early maturity. Any experienced gardener will understand that if the growing season of a tomato is 110-115 days, then neither early nor early ripening can you name it. Newbies often do not pay attention to specific numbers, but only read the words in the description, and then get frustrated when they see that tomatoes ripen only by the end of summer.
If we exclude this inaccuracy from attention, otherwise the pink cheeks tomato is very attractive in many respects and deserves to be noticed.
In 2002, scientists-breeders seed company "Manul" was introduced a new variety of tomatoes, which was called - Pink cheeks. In 2003, this variety was already listed in the State Register of Russia with recommendations for growing under film shelters in the following regions of Russia:
- Central Chernozem;
- Middle Volga;
- North Caucasus.
The fact is that it is under these conditions that he maximizes his yield.
Tomatoes Pink cheeks have many individual properties that are rarely found in the world of tomatoes. For example, despite the recommendations for growing indoors, the variety is determinant, that is, it is limited in growth. Usually, similar varieties of tomatoes are intended for cultivation in the open field.
The height of the bushes is small, on average they grow up to 70-80 cm. But here, too, the pink cheeks show individuality.Attention! The manufacturer recommends to artificially increase the height of the bushes, transferring the growth point to the side stem.
Thus, the height of the tomato bush can increase to 1.5 meters, in turn, increases the yield from the bush. Of course, it makes sense to form in this way tomato bushes only in greenhouse conditions where they have enough heat and light.
In general, the bushes of this variety of tomatoes have a good growth force, and, despite their determinism, take up quite a lot of space.
The leaves of the tomato of this variety are medium in size, light green in color. Inflorescence is in most cases a simple brush, although there are also combined options. The brush is quite loose and usually consists of three to five tomatoes.
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the Pink Cheeses tomato is a typical mid-season tomato variety, which ripens on average for about 112 days.
The yield of tomatoes Pink cheeks is about 5.5 kg per 1 square. meter For some, this figure is not significant, but given the excellent taste of the fruit, for many this will be quite enough.
Regarding disease resistance, the manufacturer ignores this characteristic. But according to reviews, the grade does not cause complaints from this side. Moreover, despite the fact that it is recommended to grow it under film shelters, it can recover even after spring return frosts.
Attention! Freezing slightly from above, thanks to the powerful strength of the bushes and the development of the stepsons, he is able to regain his strength and give a decent harvest by the end of the season.
Characteristics of tomatoes
For what you can really love the pink cheeks varieties of tomatoes, so it is for their taste. And gardeners forgive the manufacturer all his involuntary flaws, having tried these tomatoes once. They are characterized by the following characteristics:
- The shape of these tomatoes is quite traditional, flat-rounded, with a slight ribbing.
- Green color is peculiar to unripe fruits, a dark spot clearly appears at the stem. But after full ripening, everything is corrected, and the tomatoes acquire a saturated pink color with a slight crimson hue.
- Tomatoes of this variety are characterized by dense, but at the same time juicy and fleshy pulp. The number of seed chambers is at least 4. Peel of medium density.
- The fruits of this variety are aligned in size, it rarely happens that some grow much more than others. They are quite large, on average, the weight of one fruit is 250-300 grams.
- Taste characteristics of tomatoes Pink cheeks above all praise. Although unfavorable growing conditions can affect the appearance of the tomato, including their taste.
- Appointment of tomatoes in this class - universal. They are simply excellent in salads, both in appearance and taste. They make a great tomato juice. And they make wonderful salted tomatoes.
Pink cheeks of the variety of pink cheeks are another amazing feature - despite their large size and great taste, they are well stored and transported. Therefore, from this point of view, it may be interesting for farmers to grow.
Features of growing
In which region you are not going to grow a variety of tomatoes Pink cheeks, you will first need to grow seedlings. However, this variety is not particularly difficult to care for it - everything is within the normal requirements of any tomato seedlings. He needs, first of all, an abundance of light, a moderate amount of moisture and non-hot temperature conditions.
The first inflorescence of a tomato of this variety is laid quite late for determinant varieties - after 7-8 leaves. Therefore, most likely, the seedlings will land on a permanent place not yet in a flowering state. This is for the best, because it will contribute to its better survival. On one square meter of the area in the greenhouse it is worth planting no more than 3-4 bushes of tomatoes of this grade.
Comment! Shrubs can grow without a garter, especially if left as they are without any formation.
In this case, they will be more spread on the ground and will take quite a lot of space.
If we forget about the determinism of this variety and form bushes in one stem, removing all stepchildren, and carefully tying them to the supports, then you can get fruits of record sizes. Yes, and the yield can be reflected in a favorable direction. In general, the variety may be of interest to experienced tomato lovers the possibility of experiments on it.
Reviews of gardeners about tomato pink cheeks are somewhat contradictory. Quite a few admire his taste and other characteristics. At the same time, there are many dissatisfied with the discrepancy between the declared characteristics in its description and real data during cultivation. This can be attributed to the possible re-grading, which is so often encountered even in the packaging of reputable manufacturers, and to the actual errors in the description, which was mentioned at the beginning of the article.Maria, 44, Pereslavl-Zalessky Raised tomatoes Pink cheeks in a greenhouse, literally a few things ripened only by early September. They could not be called large at all, about 80-100 grams each. In general, I’m not going to cultivate a complete disappointment in the variety anymore. Vladislav, 37, Kemerovo I also grew almost 2-3 shrubs of pink cheeks from Manul last year. I liked them very much, first of all, by their appearance - even such neat, beautiful pinkish hue. The taste is also very good, it was even pitiful to let them preserve, and I left them lying there. And surprisingly, lay a long time - about three weeks, while we devoured them in salads. The yield also suited me perfectly, but in terms of ripening it seemed strange to me that they were called early. They ripened closer to the end of August, more likely mid-season, but not early. Next season I will definitely include them in the plan of planting, since the seeds are still from the bag, and I have already stocked some of my own just in case. Elizaveta, 45, Taganrog Tomato Pink cheeks were advised to me by a friend. Planted seedlings in open ground in May, and then suddenly frost struck. Usually at this time we do not have frosts, and here it is. Of course, the tops of all froze to varying degrees. But, what particularly surprised me, the majority survived and grew vigorously. They formed many stepchildren and set fruit well, even in spite of the summer heat. Of course, due to the delay in development, the tomatoes ripened only by the end of the summer, but they were magnificent - fleshy and at the same time tender, some weighing more than 400 grams. This is much more than what is stated in the characteristics. Although I did not feed them anything.
Tomato Pink cheeks are able to interest experienced gardeners conflicting opinions about him. After all, the truth can be learned only through practical means. But for those for whom the taste of tomatoes is above all other characteristics, you should pay attention to this variety. Most likely, he will not disappoint you.