The Content Of The Article:
- Tomoffel - what is really behind it?
- Maintaining a tomato - that's what matters
- Tomoffel himself bred - That's how it works
Maintaining the tomato properly sounds harder than it really is. The individual measures are aimed at the care instructions of tomatoes and potatoes. It is just a little more intuition needed.
The tomato brings a breath of fresh air into the garden and we are instantly familiar. Refining potatoes and tomatoes has resulted in a remarkable new breed. At first glance, TomTato looks like a tomato plant. But when the tomato harvest is complete, this does not mean that the plant is out of business, because now the potato harvest is on.
The tomato is easy to cultivate and rich yields can be expected. What should be considered when maintaining the tomato, can be read below.
Tomoffel - what is really behind it?
Tomoffel - an exotic name, which actually defines itself quite simply. Potatoes and tomatoes in a plant? The idea of genetic changes already crops up, but in this case completely unfounded. Tomatoes and potatoes can not deny their relationship, both belong to the nightshade family and can therefore be refined, in much the same way as we know it from the fruit trees. Already the secret of the "Plant of the Year 2016" is revealed.
Tomoffel himself is a name that has sprung from imagination alone. The idea of the refinement of the nightshade family comes from England. One selected two plants with similar stem circumference, cut off the stems and held them together with plastic clips. Both interfaces grew together over time, the clip jumped off the pressure and the first tomato was born.
Maintaining a tomato - that's what matters
A new breed also presents hobby gardeners with new challenges. Not so the tomato, the care does not differ much from a conventional tomato plant - and tomatoes have already been harvested by inexperienced hobby gardeners alike. So there's nothing wrong with getting acquainted with this exotic vegetable garden.
Pour the tomato properly
Irrigation is very important for the plant, as tomatoes and potatoes have to mature on a plant. This double burden can only be overcome if you create the necessary basis for it. The soil must not dry out. Pouring is usually done daily.
" Tip: The tomato is not poured directly onto the leaves. Wet leaves promote the penetration of fungal spores.
The casting requires a bit of tact. The soil should appear evenly moist. But it must not come to waterlogging. Rolled leaves indicate that the plant lacks moisture. Tomatoes are sensitive to moisture from above. Therefore, a protected location for the tomato is beneficial. Even spontaneous weather changes do not get the plants. So it may come to the bursting of the fruit after the rainy season following hot days. This can be explained by a pressure, which builds up on the excessively high water content in the fruits.
" Tip: The potato should have a roofed location and be poured only from below.
Feed the tomatoes properly
Fertilization is required regularly. Even the tomato itself is a starvation and needs many nutrients. If the soil is upgraded with compost during planting and then annually in spring and autumn, a good basis for nutrient supply has already been created. With the onset of flowering, tomato fertilizer is also administered. This can be added every 14 days to the irrigation water.
" Tip: The fertilizer used should have a high content of potassium, nitrogen and phosphate.
How can nutrient deficiency be identified?
A lack of fertilizer can be seen in a reduced growth. If the leaves turn yellow, there is also a lack of nutrients. Calcium deficiency leads to end of life blight and is recognizable by dark spots on the fruit.
Provide climbing aid
The tomato wants to go high and needs the help of the hobby gardener. So that the plants do not bend over, they need a climbing aid. Bigger plants not only become longer, but also heavier. Keep in mind that up to 500 cocktail tomatoes will mature on a plant. A stable climbing aid helps the plants to carry their heavy load. Special tomato sticks made of bamboo, wood or plastic can be used.
Detect and combat diseases on the tomato
While pest infestation plays no role in the tomato, it can sometimes come to the onset of disease. Not infrequently care mistakes or weather influences are the cause.
❍ cabbage and brown rot
In damp weather it can come to the appearance of cabbage and brown rot. The fungal disease can be identified by spots on the leaves. The tomatoes also show brown spots and become inedible as the pulp hardens. All affected parts of plants should be removed. In case of advanced infestation, apply a plant protection product for fungal diseases.
" Tip: In a sunny and sheltered location, the disease can be largely avoided.
If it comes to the appearance of mildew, the plant was probably too dry. The damage is shown by reduced growth and browning of the leaves. The affected parts of the plant must be removed, but they must not be disposed of on the compost, as the fungus will not die there. Spraying the plants with a milk-water solution or treating with garlic must have proved to be an effective home remedy.
❍ Drought-spot disease
The Dürrfleckenkrankheit hits the plant literally with double force, because it occurs both on tomatoes, and on potatoes. The infestation is especially common in warm and dry summers. The disease can be recognized by leaf spots, which occur preferentially on the underside of leaves and appear annular. The fruits can also be affected. A humid and warm climate favor the appearance of the fungus. Preventively, the plant should only be poured from below and get a sheltered location, so that as possible no moisture reaches the leaves. Sprays from a brew of field horsetail have proven to be a home remedy.
Tomoffel himself bred - That's how it works
Anyone who already enjoys tomato plants may be thinking of cultivating the plants themselves in order to increase their crop yields or to give gardening friends a gift that not everyone has.
Seeds can not be obtained from an existing potato. But you can try to refine the plants themselves.
What is needed?
- aluminum foil
How are you?
When potatoes drift out, two shoots are cut out directly on the bark. There, two shoots of the tomato plant are grafted. The interface can be supplied with plant wound ointment, alternatively you can also wrap the interface with aluminum foil. Now the plant is put back into the ground and show new shoot tips, the experiment seems to be successful and the potato thrives.