If you have ever planted something in your garden plot, then, for sure, you could not help but hear about the amazing tomato Octopus f1. This hybrid has been exciting gardeners for several decades with rumors of a surprisingly productive plant. Many managed to try during this time to grow these tomatoes in their personal plot, but the reviews about the Octopus tomato are the most controversial at the present time. If you want to grow something unique, unusual and exotic, then be sure to pay attention to this tomato variety.
Tomato Octopus f1: variety description and characteristics
Tomato Octopus is a determinant hybrid, but its yield is consistently high, and its taste is amazing. Tomatoes got the name because of the specific structure of plants, its shoots spread in all directions, resembling an unusual sea creature. In addition, the Octopus tomato variety has a tremendous growth force, so this is not an ordinary hybrid. It should also be grown using a special technology, and if you let everything take its course, then nothing good will come of it. And you will not be able to grow a tomato tree in your area, in any case, you will not get fruits.
The octopus family has many varieties and descendants, for example, the hybrid Raspberry Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cherry Octopus and others are considered relatives of this variety. We will not talk about all the varieties of the hybrid, but tell only about the true Octopus tomato.
Octopus tomatoes: variety photo
The tomato variety Octopus was bred by Japanese breeders in the last century. But over the decades it has become more and more popular, it is successfully grown in our country, it was entered in the state register of Russia at the beginning of the two thousandth. Now you understand why the Octopus tomato has such unusual characteristics. Japan has always amazed the world with its unexpected inventions and discoveries, including gardening.
The seeds of the Octopus tomato are produced by the Sedek agricultural company, but the technology of growing these plants is also peculiar and unusual.
- Tomato Octopus is also considered determinant, lateral shoots grow very intensively.
- Tomatoes are late-ripening, therefore, until the fruits ripen from the moment the first shoots appear, it usually takes at least 120 days.
- The yield of Octopus tomatoes is high, from one such bush you can collect up to 8 kilograms of ripe and fragrant fruits. The hybrid is grown both in the open field and in greenhouses.
Octopus tomatoes: variety photo
Octopus F1 tomatoes are formed in clusters, and each usually produces no more than 6 tomatoes. But the brushes grow about every three leaves. Therefore, the yield of the Octopus tomato is all right. This hybrid is resistant to most diseases and pests, and also tolerates heat well. Plants practically do not get sick with root rot, tobacco mosaic and powdery mildew. The tomatoes are very juicy, fleshy, and quite dense to taste. Moreover, the mass of one Octopus tomato usually reaches 130 g. Tomatoes are round, slightly flattened, bright red in shape. Octopus tomatoes can be stored for a long time, as well as transported over long distances. After harvesting the fruits, tomatoes can lie for several months without losing their presentation. Therefore, in addition to the high yield of tomato Octopus, it should be noted that it has a good ability to maintain marketable qualities for several months.
About the technologies of growing tomatoes Octopus
Many manufacturers indicate on the packaging that the Octopus tomato can be grown in the form of a tomato tree. Now we will amaze you with some numbers describing the characteristics of the variety.It is believed that the height of such a tree can reach 5 meters, and it can even be grown for two years, the crown of a tomato tree can take up to 50 square meters, and, attention, drum roll, from one tree you can collect 1500 kg of ripe tomatoes of the Octopus F1 variety. Say it is myth or fiction, whatever it is. In reality, they exist, scientists have confirmed these data, so by creating special conditions, you can grow this most fabulous tomato tree in your area. But don't think it's that easy.
Octopus tomatoes are grown not in one summer season, and even in the south of our country you will not be able to do this, therefore, in order to achieve such high indicators, the presence of a greenhouse is necessary. Moreover, it must be heated in winter as well. Additional lighting is also considered essential. In addition, such trees cannot be grown on ordinary soil either; these plants need hydroponics.
Octopus tomatoes: variety photo
Of course, you know that Japan is a country with a high technological level of development, so they were even able to automate the process of supplying nutrients and oxygen to the roots of the tomato tree. Of course, you cannot do anything like this on your personal plot. But it is thanks to this highponics that such fantastic results can be achieved, the trees will always be powerful and branched, and the fruits are incredibly tasty and fragrant. In principle, one of the Russian agricultural firms managed to develop a similar technology, which will help to obtain a result close to the declared one. However, all the processes of supplying oxygen and nutrients to the roots of the plant will need to be regulated manually, therefore the laboriousness of such a process is great. Even the classic technology of growing plants in hydroponics will not interest you, since it is used only on an industrial scale, and, of course, most summer residents will find it difficult to recreate similar conditions.
How to grow an Octopus tomato in a greenhouse
As you understand, gardeners in our country should grow the Octopus tomato in greenhouses, since the climatic conditions of temperate latitudes do not allow growing this hybrid in the open field. Remember at least that this is a late-ripening tomato. Of course, you will not grow trees in greenhouses, but you can easily get 15 buckets of ripe tomatoes from one bush. So, this hybrid is planted on seedlings in January, best of all by the end of the month.
- Soil for tomato seedlings Octopus f1 should not be prepared on your own, remember that the soil should contain vermicompost and vermiculite. Also, the soil should be well disinfected. In order for seedlings to appear earlier, you should observe the temperature regime, and most importantly, do not forget about the light.
- Be sure to build an artificial lighting system, since the Octopus tomato seedlings need at least 15 hours of daylight for normal development. In winter, of course, there won't be so much light on the windowsill.
- Some recommend supplementing the plants in the first two weeks around the clock in order for the seedlings to develop better.
- After 3 weeks, the plants will need to be dived into separate pots. Moreover, the volume of one such container must be at least 1 liter. This is exactly how much is needed in order for the root system of seedlings to fully develop.
- Once every 10 days, tomatoes should be fed with vermicompost, it is best to do this before watering.
- Around mid-April, plants are recommended to be planted in greenhouses, the beds for the Octopus should be insulated and raised.
- It is advisable to remove the lower pairs of leaves from Octopus F1 tomatoes before planting in a greenhouse.
Tomatoes Octopus f1: photo variety
The plant is buried in the ground by about 15 cm. Wood ash and humus are also added to the planting holes. Before warm weather settles, the greenhouse must be heated, and the seedlings must be covered with any non-woven material.Tomatoes of the Octopus variety should not be sprinkled, this is the only way you can get a rich harvest. On the contrary, the newly formed stepsons are recommended to be tied to a stretched wire or to a support. So, in the summer you will grow a real tomato tree, of course, it will not be the promised 5 meters in height, but you can completely grow 2 meters with the crown.
Remember that the plants grow in width as well.
Do not forget ventilate the room, as in hot weather the trees need fresh air.
Watering trees should be done early in the morning every day, especially on hot days.
The Octopus tomatoes are fed with vermicompost, as well as other organic fertilizers, it is best to do this once a week, and more often. If all the rules of agricultural technology are followed, then you can get the first harvest in mid-June. And the tree will bear fruit until late autumn.
Octopus tomatoes in the open field
Now we will tell you about growing Octopus tomatoes in the open field. It should be noted that the basic rules for growing these tomatoes will be the same as for a greenhouse. It should only be said that it is best to grow Octopus tomatoes in an open space in the southern regions of Russia, for the middle lane this will be problematic, since the crop usually does not have time to ripen.
- On the beds, it is imperative to build a structure in order to tie the growing shoots to it.
- If you plant Octopus tomato seedlings early in the open ground, then it is advisable to send the tomatoes to a shelter at night, namely, to stretch a film on top that protects the plants from night frosts.
- Particular attention must be paid to prevention, since it is in the open space that plants get sick more often.
- However, the Octopus tomato has a high immunity, therefore, in principle, it can cope with various problems without your help. Pests also bypass tomatoes.
Octopus tomatoes: variety photo
Tomato Sprut: reviews of gardeners
Marina Ivanovna, 58 years old, Tomsk: “The fruits of the Octopus tomato are always sweet, so I like to cook salads from them, the Octopus tomatoes are ideal for canning too. I also grow it in a greenhouse. And now I want to give advice that helped me get a large yield of Octopus tomato. Do not forget to tie up the plants, as the shoots grow more than intensively. "
Peter Stepanovich, 51 years old, Yekaterinburg: “Every year I plant tomatoes in my summer cottage, so I like to experiment with varieties. This year I chose the tomato variety Sprut f1. After reading the reviews, I learned that many gardeners note that the stems of plants and bend like vines, so sometimes it is even planted near hedges. So he did, and did not regret it. Indeed, it turned out to be a real decorative liana with delicious tomatoes. The yield of the Octopus tomato is also pleasing. I advise everyone to try growing this variety!
Tomato Octopus: video about the variety