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Connoisseurs of unusual and tasty varieties of tomatoes will surely like the Bells of Russia tomato. Compact lush bushes, decorated with clusters of pink-scarlet pear-shaped fruits, look very elegant and decorate a garden, veranda or greenhouse.
If you are interested in learning more about these wonderful tomatoes, read our article. In it we will present to your attention a complete description of the variety, its characteristics and cultivation features.
Tomato Bells of Russia: variety description
Bells of Russia are a high-yielding medium-early variety. Determinate bush, 50-60 cm high, standard. The formation of green mass is moderate, the leaf is small, light green.
For better fruiting, a little pinching is required, heavy branches need to be tied up. The fruits are collected in beautiful clusters of 6-7 pieces. In the fruiting stage, the plant looks very decorative.
Fruits are oval, pear-shaped, very even. Tomato weight from 50 to 60 g... In the process of ripening, the fruits change color from light green to rich pink-scarlet. The pulp is juicy, dense, low-seeded, high in sugars and useful amino acids. The taste is rich, sweet with a slight sourness. The glossy skin protects ripe tomatoes from cracking.
You can compare the weight of fruits with other varieties of tomatoes in the table below:
|Variety name||Fruit weight|
|Bells of Russia||50-60 grams|
|Russian size||650 gram|
|King of Kings||300-1500 grams|
|Long Keeper||125-250 grams|
|Grandma's gift||180-220 grams|
|Brown sugar||120-150 grams|
|De Barao||70-90 grams|
A variety of Russian selection, intended for cultivation in the open field. In regions with short, cool summers, it is best to plant tomatoes in a greenhouse or greenhouse. Landing in flowerpots for home maintenance is possible. The yield is good. From 1 sq. m plantings you can collect up to 3 kg of tomatoes... The fruits are perfectly stored, they can be transported without problems.
You can see the yield of other varieties in the table below:
|Bells of Russia||up to 3 kg per sq.m|
|Lazy||15 kg per square meter|
|Summer resident||4 kg per bush|
|Doll||8-9 kg per square meter|
|Fat jack||5-6 kg per bush|
|Andromeda||12-20 kg per square meter|
|Honey Heart||8.5 kg per square meter|
|Pink Lady||25 kg per square meter|
|Lady Shedi||7.5 kg per square meter|
|Gulliver||7 kg per square meter|
|Bella Rosa||5-7 kg per square meter|
The fruits are ideal for whole fruit canning, pickled or pickled tomatoes look very nice and do not crack. Fresh consumption is also possible. Children like miniature pear-shaped tomatoes, they are also suitable for buffets or decorating dishes.
Among the main advantages of the variety:
- tasty fruits of an unusual shape;
- tomatoes are suitable for canning and cooking various dishes;
- undemanding care;
- calmly tolerates minor temperature fluctuations;
- resistance to major diseases.
Among the features of the variety are exactingness to the nutritional value of the soil and the need for pinching the bush.
See below: Tomatoes Bells of Russia photo
Seeds are sown for seedlings in the second half of March. With the subsequent transplantation to the greenhouse, you can sow them earlier. The soil is preferable light, consisting of turf, humus and sand. The seeds are pre-soaked in a growth stimulant or freshly squeezed aloe juice, and then sown with a depth of 2 cm. The container is covered with foil from above and placed in heat. After the sprouts appear, the container is exposed to bright light.
In the phase of appearance of 2-3 true leaves, the seedlings dive and fed with full complex fertilizer... Watering is moderate, only warm, settled water is used. The grown seedlings need to be hardened by taking them out into the open air for half an hour, and then leaving them outside for the whole day.
Planting in a greenhouse is possible in early May, in open ground - in late May and early June. Before planting, the soil is loosened, a small amount of complex fertilizers or wood ash is placed in the holes. The optimal planting scheme is 3 plants per 1 sq. m. Thickening of plantings can cause disease and reduce fruiting. Tomatoes do not like too frequent, but plentiful watering with warm water. It is necessary to feed with alternating mineral and organic fertilizers.
Of the mineral complexes, preference is given to complexes with a high content of phosphorus and potassium, an excess of nitrogen causes the discharge of ovaries. From organic matter, diluted mullein or bird droppings are suitable. The grown bushes are formed by removing part of the lateral processes and lower leaves. It is better to tie the branches with fruits to the support.
Pests and diseases: control and prevention measures
The variety is quite resistant to diseases. For prevention, you need to remove weeds in a timely manner and mulch the soil with straw or peat. Spraying with a pink solution of potassium permanganate helps from gray rot, copper-containing preparations will prevent late blight. Frequent spraying with phytosporin also gives good results.
You can destroy insects with insecticides or proven folk recipes. Soap water helps to fight aphids, naked slugs and Colorado beetles are destroyed by an aqueous solution of ammonia.
See also what chemicals can be used to combat the Colorado potato beetle: Aktara, Corado, Regent, Commander, Prestige, Lightning, Tanrek, Apache, Tabu.
Bells of Russia are a promising variety for open ground, greenhouses or flowerpots. The plants are suitable for experienced or novice gardeners, they do not require excessive care, ensuring a stable harvest.
Watch the video on how to properly feed tomatoes:
And in the table below you will find links to articles on tomatoes of various ripening periods that you may find useful:
|Super early||Mid-season||Medium early|
|White filling||Black moor||Khlynovsky F1|
|Moscow stars||Tsar Peter||One hundred pounds|
|Room surprise||Alpatieva 905 a||Orange Giant|
|Aurora F1||Favorite F1||Sugar Giant|
|Severenok F1||La La Fa F1||Rosalisa F1|
|Katyusha||Right size||Em Champion|