Tomato Rocket bred by Russian breeders in 1997, two years later the variety passed state registration. For several years, these tomatoes have gained wide popularity among farmers and summer residents. Below are considered features, photos, yield and reviews of tomato Rocket.
The variety is recommended for cultivation in the southern regions, where planting is carried out in open ground. In the central zone these tomatoes are covered with a film. In areas with a cold climate, the variety is planted in a greenhouse.
Characteristics of a variety
The description and characteristics of the tomato rocket variety are as follows:
- determinant shrub;
- mid-season variety;
- height of tomatoes - not more than 0.6 m;
- the first inflorescence appears on the 5th leaf, the subsequent ones form in 1 or 2 leaves;
- fruit ripening takes from 115 to 125 days after planting.
Fruits Rocket have a number of features:
- elongated shape;
- smooth, glossy surface;
- average density;
- when ripe, the fruits turn red;
- weight 50 g;
- 4-6 tomatoes are formed in one brush;
- dense pulp;
- 2-4 cameras in the fruit;
- tomatoes contain from 2.5 to 4% of sugars;
- good taste.
According to the description and characteristics of a variety of tomato Rocket has a universal purpose. It is used in the daily diet for making salads, appetizers, first courses and side dishes.Important! Up to 6.5 kg of Rocket variety tomatoes are harvested from 1 square meter of planting.
The variety is ideal for home canning. Fruits are small, they can be pickled and salted whole or cut into pieces. Tomatoes tolerate long-distance transportation without loss of commercial properties.
Tomato Rocket is grown by the seedling method. At home, the seeds are planted, and when the sprouts appear, the necessary conditions are provided for the tomatoes. Grown up tomatoes are transferred to a permanent place.
Planting tomato seed Rocket produced in March. The soil for tomatoes is prepared in autumn by combining humus and soil from the garden plot in equal proportions.
The resulting mixture is recommended to subject to heat treatment. To do this, it is placed for 15 minutes in an oven or microwave. The treated soil mixture is left for 2 weeks to ensure the development of beneficial bacteria in it. If you use the purchase of the soil, it can not handle.Tip! The day before the work, Rocket variety seeds are soaked in warm water.
Low containers are prepared for the tomatoes, which are filled with earth. The seeds are arranged in rows with a step of 2 cm. A layer of peat 1 cm thick is laid on top and irrigated with a sieve.
Capacity covered with a film or glass, and then removed in a dark place with a temperature of 25 degrees. When sprouts appear, the shelter is removed and the tomatoes are moved to a well-lit place. Over the next week, the tomatoes are provided with a temperature of 16 degrees, then it is raised to 20 degrees.
When 2 leaves appear, tomatoes swoop in separate containers. As the soil dries out, water the plants. For 12 hours, the landing should be well lit.
Landing in the greenhouse
Tomato Rocket is transferred to the greenhouse 2 months after emergence of shoots. The variety is suitable for cultivation in greenhouse under film, polycarbonate or glass.
Greenhouse should be prepared in the fall. First, the upper soil layer (up to 10 cm), in which fungal spores and insect larvae spend the winter, is removed. The remaining soil is digged, they make humus or rotten compost.Tip! Rocket tomatoes are planted after 40 cm, rows are placed with an interval of 50 cm.
Shrubs are placed in the prepared holes, earthen room is not broken. Then the roots are sprinkled with earth, which is well tamped. Tomatoes need to pour abundantly.
Planting in open ground
Garden beds for the cultivation of tomatoes need to prepare in the fall. They dig up the earth and make compost. In the spring, it is enough to deeply loosen the soil.
For several years, tomatoes are not planted in one place. Root crops, onions, garlic, cabbage, leguminous plants are the best predecessors for them.Important! Before disembarking, tomatoes are hardened on a balcony or loggia. With frequent outdoor air, plants will more quickly adapt to outdoor conditions.
Rocket tomatoes are placed 40 cm apart. If several rows are arranged, 50 cm are measured between them. After planting, the tomatoes need to be watered and tied up. If frosts are expected in the region, then for the first time after planting, tomatoes are covered with foil or agrofibre.
Peculiarities of care
Grade Rocket needs some care, which includes watering and feeding. If you violate the rules of care, cracking of fruits occurs and the growth of plants is slowed down. For maximum yield, a bush is formed.
Rocket tomatoes are resistant to diseases. If you do not allow an increase in humidity and thickening of plantings, it is possible to prevent the spread of phytophthora, various types of rot and other diseases.
Normal development and high yield of tomatoes Rocket are provided with a moderate introduction of moisture. For watering is taken warm water, which is settled in barrels.
Under each bush variety Rocket requires 2-5 liters of water, depending on the stage of development of the bush. After planting within a week, tomatoes are not watered. During this time there is rooting of plants.
Before the formation of inflorescences, tomatoes are watered twice a week, the volume of applied moisture is 2 liters. With active flowering tomatoes enough one watering during the week in an amount of 5 liters. When the fruiting period begins, they return to the previous irrigation pattern: 2-3 liters twice a week.Tip! If the tomatoes begin to turn red, then watering should be reduced so that the fruits are not cracked due to excess moisture.
Watering is done in the morning or in the evening, so that the moisture can soak into the ground. It is important to prevent water from entering the stems and leaves, so as not to cause a burn to the plants.
For active growth tomatoes Rocket requires feeding. It is best to use for these purposes substances containing phosphorus and potassium. Phosphorus contributes to the formation of a healthy root system. Due to potassium, the taste of tomatoes is improved, and the plants themselves become more resistant to disease and weather conditions.
Tomatoes are watered with a solution of superphosphate, which is prepared by dissolving 40 g of this substance in 10 liters of water. Top dressing bring under a root of plants. After a week, a solution of potassium sulfate is prepared in a similar way.Tip! Instead of mineral substances, wood ash is used, which contains a complex of useful substances.
Root top dressing can be alternated with spraying tomatoes. For sheet processing prepare a solution containing 6 g of boric acid and 20 g of manganese sulphate. The components are dissolved in 20 liters of water.
Masking and tying
Variety Rocket different compact size of the bush. Tomato can not stick, but it is recommended to eliminate the stepchild before the formation of the first inflorescence. Shoots up to 5 cm in length, growing from the leaf sinus, are removed manually.
When grown in open areas, the Rocket bush is formed in 3-4 stalks. If the tomatoes are planted in the greenhouse, then leave 2-3 stalks.
It is desirable to tie up the bush to the support in order to form an even and strong stem. Due to tying the bush does not break under the weight of tomatoes.
Valentina, 36 years old, Izhevsk. I have been growing tomatoes on my plot for over 10 years. Every year in the middle of March I plant the Rocket variety. In May, I transfer part of the seedlings to a greenhouse, and plant the rest on the street. Rocket tomatoes like the fact that they do not need to tie up and stepchild. In height, they do not exceed 40 cm. The fruits themselves are small and are excellent for canning. The grade differs in equal small fruits. At the same time, they are quite dense, keeping their shape well after heat treatment. The skin is thick, but it can be easily removed. The rocket bush of tomatoes is not high, but it is better to tie it up so that it does not fall under gusts of wind. The brushes are beautiful, they look very appetizing. Vasily, 52 years old, St. Petersburg Rocket is a wonderful variety that is easy to grow even for beginners. Shrubs not pasynkoval, only periodically watered. Tomatoes were well tolerated by drought. The variety is resistant to diseases, suitable for planting in the greenhouse. Tomatoes taste pleasant, sweet and sour. In home-made products, the variety is rarely used, only occasionally added to other tomatoes in adjika.
Variety Rocket refers to undersized and compact tomatoes, but gives a good harvest. Feature of a grade is sensitivity to the mode of watering and podkormok. Rocket Tomatoes are used for canning, have good taste and resistance to diseases.