Every year, gardeners decide which kind of cucumber they will grow this year. Today, there are many different varieties of cucumbers, each has its own positive and negative sides. The main advantages that should be in the varieties of cucumbers include resistance to disease and a high percentage of yield. One of the well-known varieties of cucumber variety Athlete fits this description.
Characteristics of the variety Cucumber Athlete f1 is a new hybrid plant with medium e maturity dates. If you plant ahead of time, sometimes you can get yields much earlier than the appointed time. For the first time they heard about this variety in 1999, it was then in Moscow that breeders bred this type of cucumber. It relates to fairly fruitful plants: more than 10 kg can be obtained from one bush. Even under the worst conditions of ripening, the yield will not be lower than 6 kg per plant, the main thing is to constantly water the plant and do not forget about fertilizer.
Description of the bush when it comes to this variety, it is worthwhile to understand that the key to success of this species is to form a bush correctly. An athlete is a species that is pollinated with the help of bees. From the time of landing to the time of the first gathering, 45 to 55 days will pass. All bushes are indeterminate and vigorous, on average, the length reaches more than 3 and 3, 5 m. Plants with an average percentage of branching and a high percentage of leafing, in addition, such a plant has mixed flowering types, but most of it is female flowering. All leaves are green and fairly smooth, large in size and with irregular serrated edges. On average, 9 to 16 knots can appear on the central stalk, and from 1 to 2 strings are formed in each of them. If the temperature is correctly maintained, then the fruits stably form several strands.
Description of the fruit All the cucumbers are cylindrical in shape with large tubercles and a small neck with medium length. This type of cucumber in its external characteristics is very similar to a hybrid of the species - Relay race, only the fruits are much shorter. The length of the greenery can be from 17 to 19 cm, sometimes there are fruits that can grow more than 25 cm. In diameter, the fruits more than 4.5 cm, and the mass of cucumbers is, on average, 190 gr. The skin of green cucumbers with small white stripes that are not always visible. Ptosis of this species is rare, all spikes are white, and the flesh is dense in structure and crisp. The yield of such a product is 26 kg per square meter. m., but the maximum yield is 37 kg per sq.m. The output is 89%.The variety belongs to the salad type, therefore it can be used only in fresh form.
Advantages and disadvantages The Athlete has many positive qualities and one of the main ones is excellent productivity, even under poor conditions, the main thing is to constantly water the plants and do not forget to fertilize throughout the season. Grade advantages:
The disadvantage of this type of cucumber is the fact that they are only suitable for fresh consumption. They are not suitable for salting, as they will lose their shape, become soft, watery and tasteless.
- a large percentage of yield;
- medium ripeness;
- good immunity;
- excellent taste.
Such a variety of cucumbers can be grown in two ways: seedling and without seedling.
A variety can be grown in two ways
Seedling method Usually sowing seeds for seedlings occurs a month before they are planted on the site.
Before planting the seeds, you must soak them well so that they can germinate, so you are Twain speed up the germination process. In open ground, it is best to plant seeds only after the soil has warmed up, usually this period falls on the end of May and the beginning of June.
Seedless method If you use the non-seedling method, you should know a few nuances.
- Sowing swollen or sprouted type planted in the ground, and its optimal temperature should not be lower than 12 ° C, if the temperature is lower, then the seeds simply disappear.
- Planting depth should not be more than 2 cm, the density of the bushes is 5-8 plants per square. m, since such a variety consists mainly of female blossoms, it is still best to plant several different species in the same row for more pollination.
- The soil for planting should be sufficiently loose, it is good to keep moisture in it and with a high percentage of fertility. Since this type of cucumber has a small root system, it is convenient to grow it.
- For the fertilizer process, it is best to use a hole or trench, it should not be more than 40 cm. Organic additives are best placed in it. so that the root system receives the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals.
Formation of a bush When the strings and shoots begin to form, they are all removed and only 4 are left -8 centerpieces that appeared on the main stem. When the following 2 sinuses appear, they also remove only the side shoots. But in the next 5 sinuses, lateral shoots pinch 1 leaf and 1 fruit. Then, all horizontal trellises with lateral shoots pinch 3 leaves and 3 fruits.After that, the central stems are wrapped 2 times around the trellis and thus lower all future shoots down, pinching them after 1-2 circles. All other ties that appear on the horizontal trellis are removed, so that they do not prevented the growth of other lateral shoots and leaves, which will protect the bush from the sun. Growing a variety is not a problem, the main thing is to form a crown correctly.
Diseases and prevention This hybrid has excellent immunity to powdery mildew, in addition, the bush can easily tolerate a lack of sun light and sharp temperature drops, due to its strong growth and a large percentage of leaf density.
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The bush also has good resistance to various diseases, but experts advise to treat the seeds with any complex preparation before planting: Arax, Fofatox, Tabba, etc. The main thing is that it protects the root system from soil contamination. If the bushes are already seedlings, then you can use a mixture of milk and honey. Every day, spray the leaves of plants that mixture.
After you collect the fruits, they will not lose their appearance for a long time, the main thing is to collect them on time. If you grow from winter to spring, the seeds are sown in the first days December, and planting in the ground is postponed to the beginning of January. Cultivation of this F1 variety is not difficult, the main thing is to have constant care and watering.