Cultivar "Libella": description, reviews
Gardeners grow various vegetable, fruit and berry crops on their personal plots. Everyone has completely different tastes and preferences. But cucumbers are especially popular among all lovers of garden activities. Of these, the whole season is used to prepare various salads, and for the winter they prepare all sorts of pickles and snacks. It turns out that cucumbers feed us all year round.
Everyone chooses the methods of growing this vegetable. Someone prefers the greenhouse method, others plant cucumbers in open ground.
But still it remains important to choose the right seed variety. Increasingly, when planting began to use the seeds of cucumber "Libella". And it is well deserved. At a grade high rates of productivity, and also positive tastes. It is time tested. The variety was bred by German breeders and has been popular since 1976.
Characteristics varieties of cucumber "Libella"
Description of the variety should begin, first of all, with a bountiful harvest and good disease resistance. But besides these advantages there are many other advantages.
Hybrid cucumber variety that characterizes the rapid growth of lashes and fruit ripening. For pollination, cucumbers need bees. The stem is rather sprawling, with a powerful structure. It has a large number of leaves and ovaries. Refers to mid-season species. From germination to fruiting takes an average of 50 days.
Cucumbers "libella": a description of the fruit
The fruit is large and lumpy. Cucumber color is dark green. The length of the fruit is 13-15 cm, weight is about 100-150 grams. The flesh is light, dense and juicy. Cucumbers are used in food both fresh and canned.
Of course, like all varieties have their disadvantages:
- in case of untimely harvesting, rapid development takes place;
- there is often a slight bitterness;
- Sometimes the appearance of cucumbers spoil whitish spots.
Although experts say that bitterness is a plus, not a minus. First, a slight bitterness gives some piquancy to dishes. Secondly, in bitterness there is an element with antitumor action.
Experienced gardeners are of the opinion that the aging of seeds of this variety should last 3-4 years. Therefore, if there is no possibility or desire by the rules to store seeds, then it is better to purchase them.
Seeds covered with a special shell, immediately planted in the ground.If the shell is missing, then it is better to soak them in hot water for 15–20 minutes before landing. Instead of water, you can use a weak solution of potassium permanganate. This will disinfect the seeds. Most gardeners sprout seeds before planting. To do this, they need to wrap a cloth and soak with warm water. In a few days sprouts will appear. With this method of planting shoots will appear much faster.
But we must remember that the seeds with the shell can not be germinated.
If you plan to grow seedlings in advance, and then planted in open ground, it is advisable to sow the seeds in peat pots. And after no damage to the plant to plant.
Before planting it is necessary to prepare the soil. Be sure to make humus. Fertile soil directly affects the abundance of the future harvest. The ideal average temperature for growing cucumbers is +25 degrees. The soil should be heated. If you sow the seeds in cold soil, then cucumbers will not have to wait.
For safety net, you can throw not one, but 2-3 seeds in each well. But between them leave a small distance. Landing depth should not exceed 2 cm.On 1 square meter no more than 4 plants are planted. After the watering is of medium intensity and covered with a film. Shelter is finally removed after the night temperature has become quite stable and at least 15 degrees.
A seedling of a variety of cucumber "Libella" is planted mainly in open ground. In cool summer it grows perfectly under film with regular airing.
Care and its features
Cucumber culture loves light, heat and moisture. The aboveground part of the plant is very well developed, so the evaporation of moisture is active. You should regularly monitor the soil moisture and prevent it from drying out. But this does not mean that the place where cucumbers grow should be turned into a swamp.
Watering is carried out with warm water under the root, and the fruits will be healthy, as in the photo.
Cucumbers "libella" in cool weather, watered little by little. Otherwise, rot may form.
What cucumbers do not like:
- Very poor tolerated transplant. In most cases, the plant dies.
- Sour soil is not for cucumbers. Therefore, you need to follow this. You can fix the problem by adding lime.
- If necessary, the soil should be loosened regularly. Dense soil is detrimental to cucumbers.
- Not tolerate sudden changes in temperature.If the day is warm enough and the nights are cold, you should cover the whips in the evening.
- For landing it is important to choose a place with no drafts.
Long scourge of cucumber "Libella" can be tied up. So it will be more convenient to harvest.
If during planting peat or humus was introduced, then top dressing is found after 2 weeks after germination. Feed cucumbers need once a week. It is necessary to alternate mineral fertilizers with organic. If there is ash and mullein, then just fine. They are introduced into the soil alternately.
Do not feed horse manure. The taste of cucumbers may deteriorate.
Diseases and pests
Cucumbers "libella" have an average resistance to diseases. It is very important not to allow hypothermia. At temperatures below +10 degrees, various diseases begin to develop. Recently, the most common disease is powdery mildew. The disease can manifest itself at any stage of the growth of cucumber. Most often, this time falls on the period of fruiting. Infection in the soil persists for a long time.
Main signs of powdery mildew:
- the appearance of oily spots of green color, which significantly increase with time;
- leaves turn brown like a burn;
- after 2-3 days the plant dries out completely.
The cause of the disease can be temperature drops, watering with cold water or heavy rains in cold weather. A similar disease is also found in greenhouses. Caused by condensation.
At the first signs of the disease immediately stop watering and cancel fertilization. A week later, spray the lash with copper oxychloride.
Since the variety is not new, there is a lot about it and reviews. Cucumbers "libella" are evaluated very positively. Gardeners impressive bountiful harvest of hybrid varieties. Resistance to various diseases is also appreciated.
Having tried to grow such a variety of cucumbers on its plot, the gardener will definitely be pleased. Carrying out the right care of the plant, after he will enjoy a bountiful harvest.