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Some varieties of eggplant have become familiar to gardeners, since they are grown from year to year for a long period. These are the most popular varieties. The Albatross variety stands out among them. Consider its characteristics, photos and videos of those summer residents who have already grown it more than once in their beds. The reviews are also very interesting.
Eggplant "Albatross" has the following positive qualities compared to other varieties:
- fast germination of seeds;
- disease resistance;
- beautiful pear-shaped fruit (see photo);
- rich productivity.
The fruits of eggplants themselves are dark purple in color, they are quite large and heavy. Below is a table of the main characteristics of the variety. With its help, you can easily determine if this variety can be grown in the conditions of your region.
Description of characteristics
Mid-season variety, 135 days from the moment of emergence of the first shoots to maturity.
Taste and commercial qualities
Excellent, long shelf life.
Resistance to viruses and diseases
Resistant to most diseases, including cucumber and tobacco mosaic virus.
The average length is 20 centimeters, the weight of the fruit ranges from 200 to 250 grams.
Fruit and pulp color
The fruit is dark purple, the flesh is slightly greenish.
Description of the bush
High, closed, height up to 70 centimeters.
Weeding, loosening the soil, additional fertilizing is required.
Sowing scheme description
60x25, can be wider; there are 4 plants per 1 square meter.
Features of growing varieties
More often grown in greenhouses, since the ripening period is quite long, it can be planted in open ground only in the south of Russia, where cold snaps are excluded.
Productivity from 1 sq. meters
Important! Eggplant "Albatross" is a varietal plant, you can re-harvest from it by collecting seeds from ripe large fruits.
When choosing seeds, eggplant is most often given preference to early varieties, which are only 85-110 days old until technical maturity. The Albatross variety does not belong to them, therefore it is intended for cultivation in warm regions. For 50-70 days, the seeds are planted for seedlings. At the same time, they choose products from well-proven manufacturers:
- "Russian Garden";
- "Seeds of Altai";
- "May" and others.
Some gardeners plant this variety in less favorable climates, but prepare film shelters in advance. To sow seeds you will need:
- find a warm place in the house;
- provide additional lighting for seedlings;
- purchase high-quality soil;
- prepare sockets separately for each grade.
Do not plant different varieties next to each other, this can lead to confusion. The photo above shows the organized cultivation of eggplant seedlings. You can apply one of the seeding methods:
- seeds do not germinate;
- seeds are germinated in advance by placing them between two layers of damp gauze or cotton pads.
The second way is preferable. Eggplants are very demanding on light, so they need to be highlighted. Additionally, you will need to water with water at room temperature, standing for a day.
If you read the description of the variety on the package, it turns out that it is resistant to diseases and temperature extremes. Yes, "Albatross" is quite cold-resistant, but do not forget that eggplant is a southern culture. The variety is demanding for the following conditions:
- the soil should be loose (it needs to be weeded and loosened often), moderately moist;
- you cannot keep eggplants in an absolutely wet environment, this will lead to decay;
- there should be a lot of sun (he also does not really like partial shade, as well as crowding when landing);
- eggplant loves fertilized soil, so fertilization should be done several times per season (3-4 times).
The video below tells about caring for the crop as a whole, about pinching and frequent mistakes made by gardeners.
This culture is demanding, rather capricious, and residents of the regions north of the Black Earth Region face a lot of problems when growing both seedlings and adult plants.
The photo shows albatross eggplants grown in Russia by the skillful hands of summer residents.
You can see that the fruits are beautiful, large, they are easy to cut and use in the future. Among the positive qualities that gardeners write about in reviews:
- high productivity;
- lack of bitterness in fruits (when growing varietal eggplant, this is a rarity);
- large fruits;
- resistance to small temperature changes.
This variety, as the reviews show, is no less picky about fertilization than all the others. At the same time, organic matter alone is not enough for him, complex mineral fertilizer will have a good effect on productivity.
Variety "Albatross" is good enough and deserves to be looked at by those summer residents who have never grown it on their plots.