On August 11, Polish tomato producers had a chance to learn about raspberry tomato varieties cultivated in tunnels during a meeting organized by the Hazera company on the farm of Elżbieta and Roman Olszowa in Borek. The event was co-organized by Eurobyt and Intermag.
Raspberry No. 1
Małgorzata Zadura, Hazera Product Development Manager, presented a collection of raspberry tomato varieties that are excellent for growing in plastic tunnels. Producers paid particular attention to the Manistalla F1 variety - new to Hazer's portfolio. Plants with strong vigour produce a yield comparable to that of the large-fruited red tomato. Round and slightly ribbed fruit with dark raspberry color and shiny skin; very tasty and large (250 - 300 g), with short and thick stalk is typical of this variety. Plants form regular clusters, without losing vigour even under heavy load.
The earliest tunnel variety
When choosing a raspberry tomato for early cultivation in plastic tunnels, growers should be tempted to try the well-tested VP1 F1 variety - for growing in short cycles (4-5 clusters). Plants with moderate vigour form large fruits weighing 250-300 g, without the tendency to form the green shoulder. The hard, spherical fruit is valued for its delicacy flavor.
Mid-early and easy
From the offer of mid-early raspberry tomatoes, Piotr Różański from Hazera recommended the V404 F1 hybrid for cultivation in 6-8 fruit clusters. According to him, this variety is perfect for growing immediately after the cultivation of VP1 F1. Plants with a compact structure and short internodes form fleshy fruit with a mass of 200-220 g and high post-harvest durability. The variety is very easy to grow.
A new tomato Rosamunda F1, drew the attention of the attendees with its original shape (in the type of a buffalo heart). Its fruits (160-250 g) have a delicate and unique taste. It is recommended primarily for prolonged cultivation in greenhouses, but producers can also successfully grow it in unheated plastic tunnels. According to Zadura, this variety creates extensive clusters, which should be regulated. In addition, she recommended removing crested flowers, which affects the alignment of the fruit in the cluster.
In Borek, producers could see the production of not only raspberry, but also traditional tomato varieties with red fruits. Of the mid-early ones, the Gonsella F1 (also new in Hazera's offer) and Belladona F1 varieties were particularly interesting. The first of the hybrids forms leveled fruit clusters (6-8 clusters), with uniform dark red (180-200 g), slightly ribbed and flattened fruit. A slightly larger fruit (250-300 g), Belladona F1 variety is recommended for spring, summer and autumn cultivation in a short cycle (up to 5 clusters). This variety is very tolerant to adverse thermal and light conditions.
From the plum-shaped assortment, the speakers recommended the early Tucano F1 (HM. Clause) variety, which grows well in unheated buildings. In Borek, the producers also cultivate a cocktail tomato variety - Riesling F1 - with a unique, aromatic taste. This variety is recommended by Hazer growers mainly for growing in greenhouses in long cycles.