Cucumbers are a megapopular garden culture. There are small cucumbers, there are large ones. There are such fruits early or late, with soft skin or with a hard, light green color or dark. But there is another exotic variety of this vegetable, which is not known to everyone. it red cucumbers, or tladiant dubious. This variety is listed in the Red Book and belongs to the pumpkin family. To an inexperienced consumer at first glance it is even difficult to determine the species of such a miracle - the fetus. It's hard to say if it's a fruit or a vegetable.
Description of tladiant red cucumber
Such a miracle of breeding on vines grows, the name of the fruit was due to the saturated red color.
On the territory of our country, this vegetable came from South - East Asia. The homeland of such a plant is Japan.
Culture is a grassy perennial. Stems thin, heart-shaped leaves of rich green color, high foliage.
The plant is a vine-type and needs mandatory support. Flowers small bright sunny color. Fruits of the correct cylindrical form in sizes reach no more than 6 cm.
The peel is soft red with barely noticeable stripes of dark purple color. The rind is covered with a feather that disappears as it matures..The skin of a red cucumber is covered with a fluff, which disappears as it ripens.
Unripe fruits of green color, hard. Ripe soft vegetables have an incredibly delicate flavor.which vaguely resembles kiwi and pineapple. Ripe tubers contain large amounts of sugars and starch.
Culture needs pollination. In Japan, local insects do this. In our latitudes, experienced growers advise themselves to pollinate the bushes by attaching male and female flowers to each other.
Tladiant red cucumber:
Pros and cons of variety
Red cucumbers have a number of advantages:
- Excellent taste.
- Drought resistance and cold resistance.
- Unpretentious care.
- Excellent decorative properties.
- Saturation with vitamins and microelements.
- Versatility in use.
The disadvantages can be attributed perhaps too rapid growth of culture over large areas.
Useful properties and use of fruits
The Japanese consider culture a real panacea for many diseases.. The fruit contains a whole storehouse of vitamins and minerals and trace elements.
The Japanese love to cook a decoction not only of the fruits, but also their seeds.. Apply the decoction as a medicine in such cases:
- In the preventive purposes from a variety of diseases.
- To strengthen the immune system.
- In various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
- From headaches of different etiology.
- As an excellent diuretic, choleretic and expectorant.
Due to the high content of sugars in the fruit It is forbidden to eat them for people who have diabetes.. There are also cases of individual intolerance to such a vegetable.The Japanese consider culture a real panacea for many diseases.
Features of growing
It is possible to grow such exotic seed method, and you can seedlings.
Seed planting involves the preparation of holes in which seeds are planted to a depth of 6 - 8 cm. This is done in March.
Culture grows very quickly, the root system extends to 2 meters over the entire growing season.
This vegetable culture is very sunny. Plot for cultivation should be chosen in a sunny place.
The soil needs constant loosening, it should be with good breathable capabilities.
You can propagate the tubers in a seedling way.. To do this, seeds are soaked in hot water for 2 hours and planted in the prepared soil.
The yield of such cucumbers depends entirely on the person, because they have to pollinate on their own.It is necessary to plant a plant so that you can pollinate the bushes yourself.
Peculiarities of care
Red cucumbers are very unpretentious in the care. They need timely watering, but do not do it every day to avoid rotting of the root system.
Moisturize liana enough 2-3 times a week. Do it in the evening hours separated by water at room temperature. The soil must be regularly loosen and clean it from weeds.
The culture is cold resistant and drought resistant. In moderately frosty winters do not need additional shelter. If frosts in winter are fierce and long lasting, it is best to keep the culture in greenhouses.
In the autumn you need to take care of the plant, preparing it for the winter. For this you need to remove the lower shoots. Otherwise, the plant will spread throughout the site.The culture is cold-resistant and drought-resistant, for the winter the lower shoots must be removed
Diseases and pests
Tladiada doubtful subject to the same diseases as regular cucumbers. To combat diseases and pests need the same tools that are used for cucumbers.
You can buy them in each specialized store and apply according to the instructions.
Use of fruits in cooking
Ripe vegetables are high in sugars, which allows apply them not only fresh, but also processed as jams and preserves.
Marinated red cucumbers also have excellent taste.In cooking, they are used not only fresh, but also processed as jams and preserves.
Tladiada dubious will provide you and your loved ones with excellent delicacy and valuable medicine without much effort in care, it is only important to adhere to the above recommendations.
And also she will be an excellent decoration of your home or infield.