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Mels f1 cucumber is a leader in most of the criteria most important for gardeners. Breeders promise up to 400 ovaries on each plant.
The ultra-early hybrid "Mels-f1" enters mass fruiting in 35-36 days from the appearance of mass seedlings. The plant is self-pollinated, parthenocarpic, perfectly adapted to cultivation in open ground conditions, as well as in greenhouses or tunnels.
The hybrid form stands out against the background of other novelties by the abundance of fruits on cucumber lashes, as well as massive crop formation. Each node can form up to six ovaries. Fruits have a tuberous surface with white spikes. The main coloring of the skin is bright green, with the presence of frequent pubescence of white color. The average length of the fetus does not exceed 9.8 cm.
Advantages and disadvantages
Mels-f1 cucumbers not only have an attractive appearance, but also have the following characteristics:
- high rates of conservation and wonderful taste of the collected fruits;
- resistance to powdery mildew, olive spot, dangerous for garden crops, VOM;
- tolerance to downy mildew;
- early harvest;
- each node forms 5-7 ovaries;
- guaranteed high productivity.
Mels-f1 cucumbers can be sown with seed material in the ground or through seedlings. It is very important to purchase high-quality seed material, the main producer of which is the Chelyabinsk breeding station.
Cucumbers: varieties and hybrids
Mels f1 cucumber is sown at the end of May according to the scheme 60x15 cm or nesting method according to the scheme 70x70 cm, taking into account a number of the following recommendations:
- sowing on warm ridges under film shelter is carried out with soaked seeds no earlier than the last decade of May;
- without the use of film shelter, soaked seeds are sown at the very beginning of June;
- the soil on the ridges should be fully prepared, fertilized and disinfected with special means;
- the seeds should not be buried more than 2.0-2.5 cm, because significant deepening can inhibit the emergence of seedlings.
Cucumbers should be sown on ridges located in a well-lit area in the presence of sufficiently drained and warmed soil with a pH level of 6-7. Usually, when growing this hybrid form, problems with germination are not observed, and seedlings appear on the third day.
To obtain earlier products, Mels-f1 cucumbers should be grown in seedlings. To obtain strong and high-quality seedlings, seeds must be sown in late March - early April, adhering to the following technology:
- seedlings are allowed to grow in glazed or polycarbonate greenhouses, as well as at home;
- the optimal result is achieved when growing cucumber seedlings in special peat pots or cassettes;
- to fill the pots, you can use a ready-made soil mixture suitable for growing vegetables, or a self-made soil substrate;
- a good effect has a spill of soil with special growth stimulants, which can be used biological agents;
- at first, before the appearance of loops of seedlings, seedlings are covered with translucent material to preserve moisture;
- watering is carried out as the topsoil dries up;
- the temperature regime, which in the first days should be at least 25 ° C, after opening the cotyledonary leaves, it is necessary to lower by 5 ° C.
Planting seedlings is carried out with preliminary hardening procedures, while morning hours are preferred. When transplanting, you need to be very careful and careful so as not to damage the delicate root system of the plant.
Seedlings should be placed with a distance of 90 cm in a row and about 1.20-1.5 m between rows, which will ensure full development of plants and facilitate their care. Rare planting is due to the power of plants.
Tufted hybrid vegetable crops, to which the Mels-f1 cucumber belongs, should be grown in compliance with some biological characteristics:
- blinding of the lower nodes is an extremely important and necessary operation that must be carried out to protect the root system from depletion and increase yield;
- mulching helps to maintain and retain moisture in the soil, and also helps to suppress the growth of weeds;
- for proper development and abundant fruiting, it is necessary to feed cucumbers with nitrogen and potassium, the ratio of which should be 1: 2;
- fertilizing plants with nitrogen fertilizers after the first harvest well stimulates the appearance of new ovaries and increases fruit formation;
- before the period of active fruiting, it is recommended to water cucumbers with an interval of 3 days, spending about 4 liters of warm water per square meter;
- during the fruiting phase, the frequency of irrigation increases to three or four times a week, and the volume of warm water should be at least 10 liters per square meter.
It is desirable to form modern hybrid beam-type forms in one stem. After the first four nodes are blinded, the lateral branches should be removed.
How to grow seedlings of cucumbers
We also offer you to read an article about a super-popular cucumber of the Marinda f1 variety.
Currently reviews about cucumbers "Mels f1", alas, are few. This promising hybrid form is a novelty and today does not have mass distribution. Gardeners cultivating a hybrid, in general, respond very positively about it.
The fantastic taste of very juicy and crunchy fruits that do not have bitterness and voids is preserved even after canning. Of course, the hybrid form requires some knowledge of growing technology, but compliance with agricultural technology allows you to get more than 35 kg of delicious and beautiful cucumbers in one season from each square meter.