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This is a relatively young way of growing tomatoes, but it managed to win the love of summer residents. Seedlings of tomatoes in the Chinese way are resistant to late blight. Has a technique and other advantages.
- Readiness for disembarkation 1.0-1.5 months earlier than the usual method;
- After the pick, the plants take root completely;
- Increase in yield by half;
- Shorter stem lengths in tall tomato varieties (after planting in the ground).
Tomatoes grown in this way have developed stems that do not need to be deeply buried in the ground. The distance from the soil to the first flower clusters is 0.20-0.25 m, which increases the yield.
Preparation, planting seeds and care of seedlings
Before planting tomato seeds in the soil, they need to be prepared. Place them sequentially in an ash hood and potassium permanganate solution - for 3 hours and 20 minutes, respectively. After that, place the seeds in Epin's solution for half a day. The final stage of preparation is aging for 24 hours in the lower drawer of the refrigerator.
Important! Prepare the ash extract for seedlings in this way. Pour 2 tablespoons of ash with 1 liter of boiling water, leave the solution for 24 hours.
You can stratify the seeds in another way: place them in a plastic container and dig in the snow.
Fill a container with potting soil and pour hot manganese solution over the soil. Plant the seeds as soon as you remove them from the refrigerator. Make sure that the planting material does not heat up. Cover containers with plastic or glass to create a greenhouse effect. It is advisable to keep containers close to the battery. Then the seeds will get enough warmth. Seedlings appear in 5 days. Now you can remove the polyethylene and put the pots in a brighter place. The stems will not stretch.
Advice! According to the Chinese method, planting seeds with the waning of the moon stimulates the formation of the root system, which improves the quality of the seedlings.
She does not get sick, tolerates temperature changes well.
A pick is made a month later, with the position of the Moon in the constellation Scorpio.
- Cut the plant at soil level.
- Transplant the stems into prepared containers with soil.
- Sprinkle with a little water and cover the plants with plastic.
- Keep unpicked seedlings in a dark and cool place.
Transplant the cut stems into the purchased peat-based potting soil mixture. Ordinary garden manured soil is not suitable for this, since the humus contains bacteria that can harm the not fully formed seedlings. Why is it important to cut the stems with scissors? Maybe this is some kind of special ritual of Chinese gardeners? It turns out that everything is simple. All diseases that were in the seeds will remain in the old soil. The plant is planted in new soil, free from accumulated "sores". There is every chance to grow strong and healthy tomatoes.
Young tomatoes need good lighting to keep the stems from pulling out. You can use a lamp as an additional light. For growth inhibition, the "Athlete" remedy is suitable. Cut plants need loose soil, otherwise the root system of Chinese-obtained tomato seedlings will not receive enough oxygen. Water the seedlings as the soil dries, at the rate of 1 tablespoon of water per 0.1 liter container. Such organization of watering avoids the "black leg".
The Chinese way of preparing and caring for seedlings is quite laborious, but the result is worth it! It is especially good for tall varieties of plants. Reviews of summer residents, for the most part, are positive.