Clorinda's eggplant: one of the best Dutch hybrids
Growing eggplant is not an easy task, so gardeners are trying to choose high-yielding hybrids that are resistant to the vagaries of the weather and unpretentious in care. There are very few of them, and one of the most popular is the eggplant of Dutch origin Clorinda F1.
Description of Clorind eggplant, its characteristics, region of cultivation
Clorinda's eggplant appeared in 2006 through the efforts of scientists from the Dutch company Monsanto. It was included in the State Register of the Russian Federation in 2007 and is recommended for all climatic regions. The main purpose, according to the document, is for personal subsidiary plots, both for film shelters and for unprotected soil.
At the same time, one must understand that eggplant is a thermophilic culture, and in a fair part of the territory of our country they prefer to grow it in greenhouses. At least in the middle lane and to the north, most varieties in the open field feel uncomfortable. This is also true of Clorinda: in case of cold snap, the bed still has to be covered with temporary shelters.
Regarding the ripening period of this hybrid, there are different interpretations: even in the State Register it was noted that this is a transitional variant between early ripe and mid-early. The first fruits can be removed 100-110 days after sowing seeds. Fruiting lasts a long time, almost to frost. The hybrid is resistant to most diseases, and most importantly - to the tobacco mosaic virus.
Clorind's eggplant bush is erect, above average, slightly less than a meter, semi-spreading. The pubescence of the stem is average or slightly higher. The leaves are green, of normal size. Fruit setting is practically independent of weather conditions. Productivity is above average: in unprotected soil a little less than 3 kg / m2, in greenhouses - a little more. With quality care, up to 6 kg / m2 is collected in protected ground.
Since the bush is erect, it is easy to tie it up
The fruits are thick, oval or oval-pear-shaped, average length (12 to 20 cm). The color is typically “eggplant” - dark purple, shiny. The mass of the fetus is from 300 g and above. The pulp is almost white, dense, tasteless bitterness is absent. The seeds are small, their number is small. Taste, according to tasters, is considered excellent. Fruits are used both for consumption in the summer and for various harvesting for the winter.
Clorind eggplant fruits are not quite right in shape, and on one bush there may be specimens that are not very similar to each other. But their color is typical for most varieties of eggplant, and the surface gloss is very pronounced.
Some fruits look more like a pear, others may be slightly thinner
Advantages and disadvantages, features, differences from other varieties
The most important feature of the Clorinda variety is that the bush practically does not require formation: it grows in a form convenient for caring for it and allowing to obtain solid crops. You only need to pinch the top of a young bush when it grows to a height of about 30 cm. The advantages of the Clorind eggplant are its following properties:
- the ability to bear fruit normally both in open ground and in the greenhouse;
- good yield;
- excellent taste of fruits;
- universality of use;
- resistance to most diseases, including viral nature;
- long fruiting period.
The disadvantages include the fact that, since Clorinda is a hybrid of the first generation, it is pointless to collect seeds from it, they must be purchased annually.
In addition, there is evidence that this eggplant is genetically modified, and everything related to this concept is not yet fully understood and causes an understandable reaction from the side of an ordinary person. Firstly, it is believed that GM varieties of any plant can be harmful to health, albeit in a delayed perspective. Secondly, such plants can be affected by some pests to a greater extent than others.
As far as this criticism is true, it is still difficult to understand, but this eggplant is quite popular, which is due, first of all, to the relative simplicity of its cultivation. As for unpretentiousness to weather conditions, this is a definite plus of Clorind's eggplant. However, there are varieties specifically designed for harsh conditions.
So, one of the most resistant to cold weather is the King of the North hybrid. It can bear fruit in open ground even in Siberian conditions. But with regard to its taste, here the opinions of experts are divided, and many note the freshness of taste, and for some it seems that there are notes of bitterness in it. The Negus variety can withstand bad weather, but even according to "passport data" its taste is considered only good. The fruits of eggplant Yesaul weather-resistant weather are considered tasty, but its yield is not very good.
King of the North is a cold-resistant variety, but its taste is difficult to compare with that of Clorinda
Among the varieties of Dutch breeding, Anet aubergine, which appeared at the same time as Clorinda, is highly regarded. But Anet is recommended only for the North Caucasus region. The Dutch hybrid Milda is beautiful, but it even looks completely different from Clorinda: its fruits are smaller, have an elongated shape. Very good is the Dutch eggplant Destan. In general, the seeds of Dutch producers are highly valued, and this applies not only to eggplant. As for the variety in question, judging by the reviews of gardeners, Clorinda is respected, despite hints of its not very “pure” origin.
Features of planting and growing
A feature of the agrotechnology of the Clorind eggplant is that working with it is a little easier than with many other varieties. Nevertheless, all planting and care operations must be carried out efficiently: any eggplant is difficult to grow, and beginner gardeners rarely take it. Only in the very south, early eggplant varieties are grown in a seedlingless way. This also applies to Clorinda: in principle, they can be sown in warm regions directly in the garden, but then you can no longer get an early harvest. Eggplant is almost always grown through a seedling stage.
Sowing seeds for seedlings at home is carried out early. Although this standard has been changing lately: it was customary for gardeners to deal with it already at the end of February, but new varieties, with proper agricultural technology, manage to grow normally even with the March sowing. This also applies to Clorinda.
Eggplants do not like picking, so it is advisable to immediately sow seeds in peat pots. Seedlings grow for a long time, so the pots should be above average size. Before sowing, the seeds are disinfected in a solution of potassium permanganate. Spill a weak solution of potassium permanganate and soil, especially if it is composed independently. In addition, since seeds of even the latest varieties germinate tightly, it is advisable to treat them with growth stimulants (for example, aloe juice diluted 5 times with water) before sowing.
If pelleted seeds are purchased, you do not need to do anything with them before sowing.
Seeds are sown to a depth of 2 cm. Immediately after emergence, the temperature is reduced for several days to 16–18 ° C. In the future, they maintain a minimum of 23–25 ° C during the day and 18–20 ° C at night. In the morning and evening in March, additional lighting is still needed. Watered sparingly, fed 2-3 times during the spring using any complex fertilizer. A week before planting in the garden seedlings are tempered.Recent entries In April, I process roses so that no pests encroach on my beauties
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The main thing that is required from seedlings is a strong powerful stalk and several healthy leaves: it’s difficult to see the roots anyway
Ready seedlings should be strong, about 20 cm high, with a thick stem and 5-8 leaves. It can be transferred both to the greenhouse and to the garden only when the soil temperature rises at least 15 ° C. If real heat has not yet arrived, especially at night, a temporary shelter must be equipped in unprotected soil.
Planting seedlings and further care for it
Beds for eggplant are prepared in advance. They must be seasoned with humus and ash, be in a sunny place, protected from cold winds. In the middle lane and to the north they equip "warm" beds. Seedlings are planted with a small depth compared to how she grew at home. Tilt for eggplant is not used. Clorinda, characterized by erect bushes, can be planted quite densely: 30–40 cm is left between the holes, between rows, with lowercase planting, 60–70 cm .
The seedlings are watered with water at a temperature of at least 25 ° C, the soil must be mulched. For the first time in most regions, bushes should be covered with spanbond. Seedlings can take root for up to two weeks, at this time you only need to monitor the condition of the soil, and if it's hot, gently water it. After the bushes grow, they need constant care. At a height of 30 cm, pinch the top, which will cause some branching of the bush. As it grows, it is tied to a peg.
If you pinch the top in time, as many fruit-bearing stepsons will grow as you need
Watering is necessary systematic, especially during intensive fruit growth. Eggplants are very moisture-loving, but you can’t fill the soil up to the swamp. Systematically carry out shallow cultivation, destroy weeds. Closed bushes are replaced by loosening by mulching. Over the summer they give 3-4 dressings: first, infusion of mullein, then - superphosphate and ash. For the prevention of diseases, use garlic infusion and Fitosporin.
Features of greenhouse cultivation
Clorinda's eggplant normally feels both in the open ground and in the greenhouse. The difference in planting consists only in the fact that it can be planted in a greenhouse much earlier (the specific timing depends on the quality of the greenhouse). In modern good greenhouses, seedlings can also be grown, and sowing seeds directly into the garden is not excluded.
In greenhouses, eggplant is often planted in a row near the wall.
When caring for the greenhouse Clorinda, one must remember that excessively moist air contributes to the development of fungal diseases. Therefore, systematic ventilation of the greenhouse is necessary, and in the summer in most regions the doors of the greenhouse can generally be kept open. The place of cultivation has no effect on the formation of Clorinda bushes: after pinching the tops, they are allowed to grow freely.
Video: Clorinda Eggplant Harvest
For the first time, they planted Clorind's eggplant this year ... Dutch. Well, VERY !!!!! I liked it. Large, delicate ... completely seedless
I have been planting Clorinda F1 for several years and the harvest is always good. Both in quantity and taste!
Try Clorinda and Bonic, all F1. We are growing the third year - the results are excellent: taste, very delicate, productive. Yes, by the way, we grow in open ground, without spraying against colorado.
And now about the harvest. The fruits tied quickly and abundantly ... They looked very attractive, with dense, not watery pulp. The weight of the fetus is quite impressive, 600-800 grams. Well, the taste ... yes. There are almost no seeds. The taste of the baked vegetable had a consistency and a touch of the taste of butter. Well, I have such an association arose. Although, definitely, in order to harvest, you will need to plow.
Clorinda's eggplant is a typical representative of Dutch hybrids with its advantages and disadvantages. It is relatively easy to grow, it bears fruit with very tasty fruits, but not all gardeners unconditionally trust foreign manufacturers.