Our V3 tomato variety

Question

Dear George,

I bought the V3 F1 tomato variety. I’d like information about how to care and harvest this variety.

Jamshidbek

George

Hi Jamshidbek,

In order to give you specific information, I need more facts about your growing region and

conditions. Meanwhile, I will give you general information.

First of all, V3 is TYLCV resistant (not fully resistant). If your region is infected with Bemisia

Tabacci, you must control the Bemisia and keep the tomato plant healthy and strong.

The optimum density for V3 is 2.2-2 plants per square meter. The plant must be balanced from

the beginning to the end of the season – not too vigorous and not too weak, especially the top of

the plant – to ensure good fruit set. Because of hot days, don’t leave the top of the plant too

high, since the heat will cause the flowers to drop before fruit set.

As for irrigation & fertilization: the plant should never be thirsty at any stage, but beware of too

much watering. The daily irrigation quantity and intervals between irrigations depend on the

growing stage, soil structure (heavy to sandy). For sandy soil, irrigation can be daily or once

every 3 to 5 days.

The plant’s fertilization needs are mainly N:P:K + Micro elements. Fertilization should begin one

week after transplanting, with about 1 Kg/day/Hectare of each one of the balanced fertilizers

N.P.K. + ME. The quantity should be increased as the plant grows. We usually continue to apply

this fertilizer until the second cluster fruit set, and then switch to the poly feed fertilizer N:P:K at

a rate of 2:1:3 N:P:K. The quantity should be increased up to 4-4.5 kg of pure N, 2kg of pure P,

6-7 kg of pure K daily/Ha at the fruit picking stage. This will result in high yields of high quality

fruit.

In order to keep the plant healthy, it is important to avoid exposing the fruit to direct radiation

and to be careful not to remove leaves which will reveal the fruit (green shoulders). Also, before

transplanting, be sure that the soil is rich with organic manure.

Best of luck

George Arraf – Agro Technical Support Specialist