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All lovers of classic sweet tomatoes will surely like the promising French Grozdevoy variety. Moderately tall bushes have excellent yields and do not require painstaking care.
The fruits grow juicy, sweet and very beautiful. And this is not the only positive quality of tomatoes. Want to know more?
In our article, we will present to your attention a complete description of the variety, we will introduce you to its characteristics and cultivation features.
Tomato "French Grove": variety description
Despite the markedly foreign name, the French Grozdevoy variety was bred in Siberia. Tomatoes can be grown indoors or outdoors. In greenhouses, fruiting will last until frost. French Grozdevoy is a high-yielding medium late variety. Determinate bush, reaches 1-1.5 m in height. Side shoots are formed slightly, so pinching is not required.
Fruits are collected in bunches of 10-20 pieces; in the middle lane, they fully ripen in August. Subject to the rules of watering and feeding, fruiting is abundant, up to 20 kg of tomatoes can be harvested per season in a bush.
Among the main advantages of the variety:
- high productivity;
- excellent taste of fruits;
- undemanding care;
- beautiful fruit appearance, ideal for canning;
- good keeping quality.
There are practically no shortcomings in the variety. Gardeners consider the only drawback to be relatively late ripening. When grown outdoors, tomatoes have to be picked green and brought to ripeness at home.
You can see the yield of other varieties in the table:
|French bunch||up to 20 kg per bush|
|Olya-la||20-22 kg per square meter|
|Nastenka||10-12 kg per square meter|
|King of Kings||5 kg per bush|
|Banana red||3 kg per bush|
|Gulliver||7 kg per bush|
|Brown sugar||6-7 kg per square meter|
|Lady Shedi||7.5 kg per square meter|
|Rocket||6.5 kg per square meter|
|Pink Lady||25 kg per square meter|
- Fruits are medium in size, weighing 80-100 g.
- They have a beautiful oval, slightly elongated shape.
- The color of the fruit at the stage of physiological ripeness is deep red.
- The inner chambers are small, the flesh is very juicy, pleasantly sweetish, the skin is dense.
- The fruits are perfectly stored, they can be transported over long distances without any problems.
The harvest can be harvested in the phase of physiological or technical ripeness, tomatoes ripen quickly at room temperature. The dense skin and juicy pulp make the fruit suitable for canning. They are salted, pickled, included in assorted vegetables. Elongated medium-sized tomatoes look very nice in jars. You can make juice from the harvested fruits, tomatoes are tasty and fresh.
For comparison, the table below shows data on the weight of fruits in other varieties of tomatoes:
|Variety name||Fruit weight|
|French bunch||80-100 grams|
|Fat jack||240-320 grams|
|Black bunch||50-70 grams|
|American ribbed||300-600 grams|
|The president||250-300 grams|
You can also familiarize yourself with the French Grozdevoy tomatoes in the photo:
Seeds are sown for seedlings in March. It is advisable to use the same soil in which adult tomatoes will grow. The ideal option is a mixture of garden soil and humus. For greater safety, the soil is recommended to be sieved and calcined.
Seeds germinate under a film; for the speedy development, abundant sunlight or supplementary lighting with electric lamps is required. Moderate watering, it is better to spray young seedlings from a spray bottle... The pick is carried out after the first real sheet has been unfolded. After transplanting into new pots, the seedlings are fed with an aqueous solution of mineral fertilizers based on potassium and phosphorus.
Seedlings are transplanted into the greenhouse in the first half of May, plants are planted in open ground later, closer to the beginning of June. With this scheme, the first fruits are tied at the end of June. Immediately after planting, young plants are tied to strong stakes or trellises.
Requires abundant, but not too frequent watering with warm water. Root dressing with alternating complex mineral and organic fertilizers is recommended. The soil under the tomatoes is loosened weekly. Mulching with peat, humus or straw will help to maintain a normal level of humidity.
Pests and diseases
The variety is quite resistant to disease. However, for preventive purposes, it is worth regularly spraying the bushes with an aqueous solution of antifungal and antiviral bio-preparations. Frequent ventilation in the greenhouse will help protect plants from late blight, gray and white rot. It is best to ventilate immediately after watering, so as not to create an excessively humid atmosphere in the shelter.
Spraying with an aqueous solution of ammonia or infusion of herbs: yarrow, chamomile, celandine will help protect plants from pests.
French Grozdevoy is a great variety for beginner gardeners. There are no failures with him, only proper watering, feeding and timely attachment to a solid support are required. It is better to plant the plant in a greenhouse, this guarantees a bountiful harvest and protects the bushes from pests and diseases.
In the table below you will find links to tomato varieties with different ripening periods:
|Early ripe||Mid late||Medium early|
|Pink fleshy||Yellow banana||Pink King F1|
|King of the early||F1 slot||Cardinal|
|Red dome||gold fish||Siberian miracle|
|Union 8||Raspberry miracle||Bear Paw|
|Icicle red||De Barao red||Bells of Russia|
|Honey cream||De Barao black||Lev Tolstoy|