Atlant gourd is a mid-season variety that is distinguished by its large size and high taste. The vegetable has useful properties and contains it contains a lot of vitamins.
- Characteristics of the variety
- Features of the cultivation
- Gardener reviews
Pumpkin of this variety differs from its analogues in size. The fruit is bright orange, round in shape, which is divided into lobes by vertical lines.The bush is weaving, but because of the size of the fruit, this does not interfere with the harvest.
The leaves are medium sized, round in shape, with pointed ends, dark green in color. The fruits are mid-ripening, full ripening occurs after 120-130 days. The peel is thick, dense, and the flesh is tender and juicy, has a sweet aftertaste, a fragrant pumpkin aroma is pronounced. Its thickness is from 5 to 8 cm.
The pumpkin contains many vitamins of group B, as well as vitamins A, E, C. It contains various trace elements: magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron.
The mass of one fruit can reach 60 kg, but more often pumpkins grow no more than 25 kg. The plant is frost-resistant, has immunity to various bacterial and viral diseases, especially to powdery mildew and fruit rot.
Thanks to the thickness of the skin and resistance to various ailments, Atlant lends itself to transportation over long distances and can be stored up to 1 years.
Pumpkins are used in different ways. They are a dietary product, therefore, they are recommended for various diseases associated with the endocrine, cardiovascular systems and gastrointestinal tract.
Pumpkins are baked, steamed, boiled or made soups from them. From these fruits, excellent mashed potatoes and juices are obtained that can be given to young children. Pumpkin is used in medicine and cosmetology.
Features of growing
There are two ways to grow this variety:
- in open ground;
- using seedlings .
Seeds are planted in open ground. Before that, they can be processed using a concentrated solution of potassium permanganate or soaked in water for several hours until white spouts appear. Seeds should be planted in April, when the ground has already warmed up to at least 10 ° C.
Special holes are made for the seeds, 2-3 pieces are placed in each with their spouts up, having previously abundantly watered the soil and adding ash. After 3 months, the first crop will appear.
The best way to grow crops is with seedlings, especially in the northern regions. So the plant takes root faster and gives a good harvest. Seedlings need to be prepared independently. First, buy the required amount of seeds.
For them you need to take a natural fabric or gauze, folded in 2-4 layers. The fabric must be wet, put the seeds inside and cover them. Leave the material for 3-4 days, during which the fabric needs to be wetted when it dries.
You can put these seeds in the refrigerator for a day directly in the fabric, this helps the plant become frost-resistant. Small containers are prepared for seedlings, you can use ordinary plastic cups, but peat pots are better.
Pre-prepare the soil, it should be with mineral fertilizers. Seeds are planted to a depth of 2-3 cm so that the seedlings germinate through the ground. After seedlings, it is abundantly watered and covered with a film. Leave it like this for a month, watering 1-2 times in two weeks.
You need to choose the time for planting in advance. The description suggests that seedlings are prepared from the 20th of April to May 10, and planting in open ground from May 10 to June 20. The temperature of the earth must be at least 10 ° C. Because the bushes tend to weave, optimally plant sprouts with a pattern of 90 x 150 cm.
Proper care is required for the plant. Choose a warm and well-lit place. For the Atlant variety, soil with low acidity, but with a large amount of organic fertilizers, is more suitable. The plant tolerates drought well, has resistance to rot and powdery mildew.
To get a good harvest, you need to regularly water the pumpkin bush. Moisturize it immediately after planting, and then every week so that 1 bucket of water per week leaves on one bush. Do not water the bush after the fruits are tied. If the soil moisture is sufficient, the pumpkins will mature well and without watering.
The fruits grow big, the bushes weave, so you need to pinch the side lashes and the main stem, as well as regularly weed. Periodically, the soil where the culture grows, you need to feed organic mixtures.
Harvest in late September, then the pumpkins reach their maximum size. They are well transported and stored under proper conditions for up to a year.
Gardeners who at least once cultivated Atlant pumpkin say they are happy with the harvest. Vegetables grow in large sizes.Despite its enormous size and weight, pumpkin grows aromatic and tasty. After good results, many gardeners plant Atlant varieties every year.