Sweet peppers are among the most commonly grown vegetables in our country. Even despite the exactingness of the conditions of care, the popularity of this vegetable is only growing every year. The main reason for this is the taste and health benefits of its sweet fruit. There are quite a few varieties of this culture, but several dozen of the most popular stand out among them. One of them is the sweet pepper variety Volovye ear.
Characteristics of the variety
This sweet pepper is one of the best mid-season varieties. The harvest of its peppers will reach technical maturity in 96-100 days, and the whole cycle until the fruit is fully ripe will take about 125 days.
Plants are of medium size, their height will not exceed 70 cm.
Important! When planting this variety, it should be borne in mind that its plants have a spreading shape, therefore it is recommended to plant them every 50 cm.
Pepper's ear in its shape resembles an elongated cone. Its dimensions are quite large: the length can vary from 12 to 16 cm and weigh up to 200 grams. During the period of technical maturity, the fruits of this variety have a dark green color, and upon reaching biological maturity, they are deep red with a glossy sheen.
This sweet pepper has a rather fleshy pulp with a wall thickness of 6-7 mm. Its distinctive feature is that it does not taste bitter even when unripe. This variety of pepper has versatile uses. It is equally good in salads and homemade preparations. According to the majority of housewives, Ox ear is an ideal variety for home lecho.
This sweet pepper variety has excellent resistance to many diseases, especially the tobacco mosaic virus. He has a fairly high and stable yield. If agrotechnical recommendations are followed, up to 3 kg of crop can be harvested from one square meter. Cow's ear belongs to those varieties that retain their marketable and taste qualities well during storage and transportation.
Sweet peppers of this variety are grown through seedlings. They begin to cook it in mid-March.
Important! For the preparation of seedlings, you can take an ordinary universal soil. But it will be much better to take the land from the place where the finished seedlings will be planted.
This technique will allow young plants to immediately accustom themselves to the soil where they will have to grow, thereby minimizing the stress from transplanting.
The process of preparing seeds for seedlings of the Volovye Ukho variety includes several stages:
- Selection of live seeds. To do this, all the seeds are immersed in water, and the floating dummy seeds are selected. They do not contain a sprout, so you should not plant them.
- Soaking the seeds for several days.
- Treatment of seeds with a weak solution of potassium permanganate, followed by washing them with warm water.
Seeds that have undergone such training will be able to sprout faster, and will already have a certain immunity. They are planted in a pre-prepared substrate, after which they are covered with a film until shoots appear.
Important! Sweet peppers, regardless of the variety, do not tolerate picking well.
Therefore, it is better to plant the seeds in separate containers, 2-3 pieces each. After emergence, weak shoots must be removed, leaving one strong one.
Ready-made vegetable seedlings of this variety can be planted both in open beds and in a greenhouse. When disembarking, it should be borne in mind that the best predecessors will be:
- all cruciferous plants and others.
It is not recommended to plant seedlings of the Volovye Ukho variety after tomatoes. And if there are no other options, then in the fall you need to dig up the ground with any organic fertilizer.
Otherwise, the requirements for the care of this variety are the same as for all peppers:
- Lots of light and warmth. Moreover, if the peppers are planted in a greenhouse, then airing is necessary. If this is not done, then the flowers and ovaries will crumble from the plants.
- Watering with warm water. Watering frequency depends on weather conditions, but not less than 2 waterings per week. Before flowering, rain watering is preferable, and from the beginning of flowering to the end of the growing season only at the root. The rate is from 1 to 2 liters of water per plant.
- Regular loosening and weeding. You can skip this step of leaving if you mulch the bed with pepper plants.
- Top dressing with mineral and organic fertilizers. Good results are obtained by using poultry manure, slurry, and superphosphate.
If these recommendations are followed, the Volovye Ear variety will bear fruit abundantly until the end of September.
You can learn more about growing sweet peppers from the video:
Galina, 37 years old, Kasimov
I plant this variety of pepper every year. He has rather tall bushes, so it is better to plant them in a greenhouse, and it will be better to bear fruit there. The pepper tastes sweet and quite juicy. We love the fact that it has a very thick flesh. In some years, this pepper begins to ripen earlier, and in some only by the end of July. At the same time, the total yield does not suffer, it is always at its best. I can recommend the variety for planting, you will not regret it.
Olga, 49 years old, Podolsk
I tried the variety Volovye Ukho on the advice of a neighbor who grows it annually. He got her the coveted ten seeds. When planting seedlings, I did not soak them, but simply stuck them in peat pots. All 10 have sprung up, maybe it happened because the seeds are their own. The fruits were tied quite amicably, even though I only had watering from leaving. They are quite large in size, in the entire palm. They are delicious and juicy. I liked the variety very much, I will plant it again.
Tatiana, 53 years old, Nizhny Novgorod
This is one of my favorite varieties. For all the time that I have been planting him, Volovye's ear has never hurt. He always has good yields. One has only to remove one pepper, as a new one is tied on the bush. Moreover, if you let the pepper finally ripen, they will be much larger in size. We eat them in any form, but they are especially good fresh. I recommend.