Characteristics and description of the Pinocchio tomato variety

Many gardeners get real pleasure from growing mini tomatoes in regular flower containers. For example, the Pinocchio tomato variety can be a great decoration for your balcony or windowsill. The plant is dwarf, does not take up much space, but gives good yields.

Description and characteristics of the Pinocchio tomato variety

The plant is thermophilic, belongs to the Solanaceae family. Its cultivation is possible using ready-made seedlings or ordinary sowing of seeds. Bush in height less than 35 centimetersgiving up to one and a half kilograms of tomatoes.

The taste qualities of vegetables are pleasant, they have slight sourness... They are used in pickling, added to salads, decorate dishes, and used to make sauces and juices.

Plants, with proper care, practically do not get sick, do not like spraying with moisture, do not need additional light, respond perfectly to the introduction of fertilizing compounds and loosening the soil.

The vegetative period is short according to the characteristics. The bush grows, forms an ovary. As soon as the fruits are ripe, the tree begins to wither quickly.

The variety owes its appearance to selection specialists from South America.

Advantages and disadvantages

The main advantages include:

  • the possibility of growth and fruiting at home and on an open balcony;
  • excellent taste;
  • good yield for such a small bush;
  • growing in small containers, the volume of which does not exceed two liters;
  • prolonged fruiting;
  • disease resistance.

No flaws were found in the plant.

Choosing a container for planting

Suitable for planting this crop flower pots or boxes... In the garden, this plant can be planted to a flower bed or garden... Many people use two-liter plastic bottles for the landing container, cutting off the top of them. This option is convenient because watering can be controlled through the transparent material.

Pinocchio, like other plants, loves fertile lands.

They should be enough loose, enriched with minerals, slightly acidic... If you decide to grow tomatoes in winter or it is not possible to prepare soil for planting, you can purchase a ready-made mixture in specialized stores.

The soil is prepared independently as follows:

  • soil is taken in the garden;
  • the selected land is dried;
  • a composition is being prepared in the proportion - earth (1 bucket), humus (1 bucket), peat (1 bucket), wood ash (1 glass);
  • everything is mixed, phosphorus fertilizer is added to the composition, so that the root system can be fully developed.

The soil should be used from beds where tomatoes have not grown the day before.

Sowing rules

Having selected containers and filled them with earth, you can start sowing. The planting material is pre-soaked in a weak solution of manganese for a day. After that, the seeds can be planted in cups, deepening a couple of centimeters. The distance between them should be five to six centimeters. Be sure to water the soil.

For normal shoots, the temperature regime in the room should be about 25 degrees heat. You can cover the containers with plastic wrap. After a few days, as soon as shoots appear, it should be removed.

When the seedlings form two leaves, you can dive them. Seedlings are transplanted into separate pots after four to five weeks.

Variety care after planting

Having moved the seedlings to pots, it is necessary pour warm water... When growing tomatoes in boxes, the frequency of planting them should be no more than eight bushes per square meter. The temperature regime at night should not drop below eighteen degrees Celsius; during the day, twenty-four degrees is enough for a tomato.

Watering is done abundantly, but not too often.

The first feeding is performed after the appearance of the fifth leaf. For this, complex fertilizers are used. After ten days, the procedure is allowed to be repeated.

During the flowering period, the bushes should be shaken to help them pollinate. If ripe tomatoes are removed more often, the bush will bear fruit more abundantly.

Pinocchio responds well to sunlight and suffers from its lack. In winter, it is recommended to carry out additional lighting.

A few more prerequisites - loosening the soil, removing weedsif any appear.

Diseases and their prevention

Pinocchio practically not susceptible to diseases... After the fruits ripen, the bush begins to turn yellow and dry. In this case, the old plant should be discarded.

This tomato can get sick if it is sprayed. Like other tomato varieties, this plant does not tolerate moisture on the leaves.

Reviews of vegetable growers about Pinocchio tomato

№ 1. The Pinocchio tomato is fully consistent with its description and the size of the bush. Its average height was twenty-five centimeters. The bush resembled a crab with three branches, spread over the container.

№ 2. Planter with tomato bush looks very decorative, is not inferior even to flowers that grow nearby. Among other things, leaving the house, there is always the opportunity to pick a few sweetish tomatoes.

№ 3. I decided to try out the seeds of Pinocchio. All six bushes rose in February. By May, the plants were fully formed, and in June, for the first time, they pleased us with the harvest. But the tomatoes tasted worse growing nearby Venus. And the yield was not as good as that of other dwarf varieties.

№ 4. There is no suburban area, so I decided to grow dwarf tomatoes in the house, for which I purchased Pinocchio seedlings. The bush grew branchy, with green juicy foliage. During the summer season, he did not get sick even once, he still stands on the balcony, although the temperature is already zero. It's a shame one thing - poor productivity, although the fruits have excellent taste. But the smell from the plant is just wonderful! Recommended for growing on balconies!

№ 5. I decided to plant Pinocchio in the country, but he was quickly destroyed by the Colorado potato beetle (he practically did not touch other varieties). We managed to save three bushes that grew on the balcony. One tip accidentally broke off - stuck it in the pot, even started! Got two harvests during the year!

To learn how to grow this crop, you should follow all the recommendations listed here. Only in this case, you are guaranteed a harvest of these small but tasty tomatoes.

Mid-season (according to the State Register) or early-season (90-95 days according to Sedek), determinant, undersized variety tomatoes for growing in containers indoors, on balconies or outdoors.

Standard bush, compact, height 20-35 cmthat does not require pinning. Support for the bush - optional. The leaf is of an intermediate type, medium dissected, dark green.

The bush is very decorative during fruiting.

The main qualities of the fruit

Fruits are round, smooth, small, shiny, red at the stage of ripeness, weighing 15-20 grams, good tomato flavor. These tomatoes are universal for their purpose - they are suitable for fresh consumption, decoration of dishes, whole-fruit canning (they look beautiful in jars together with cherry of other colors).

Advantages and disadvantages

  • suitability for growing indoors
  • high taste
  • long fruiting period.
  • Minus - small fruits.

This tomato variety included in the State Register breeding achievements in the Russian Federation.

Originatop: Aleksashova M.V.

Agrotechnics of growing Pinocchio tomato

Tomatoes of this variety are quite unpretentious, however, like any other plant, they need appropriate care. Initially, you need to decide on the timing of planting seeds. They depend on the harvest date the gardener needs.

Tomatoes are required by the end of December, sowing should be done no later than October. When planted in early January, the fruits will ripen by March. The lack of light, which manifests itself in the autumn-winter period, negatively affects the condition of the bush. To prevent this, you need to use additional luminescence, phytolamps are best suited.

In summer, tomatoes are best brought out into the fresh air in spacious containers about 10-15 cm high. If unexpected frosts or prolonged showers occur, the tomatoes will just need to be brought into the room, closer to the light (on the windowsill).

You can use an all-purpose tomato potting mix, which is easy to make yourself. To do this, you need to mix humus, peat, sand, wood ash or shavings, coal chips and ordinary garden soil.

Of the mineral fertilizers, the Pinocchio variety, like all tomatoes, prefers potash and nitrogenous ones. It is not recommended to abuse organic matter; urea and humus can be used in limited doses.

Watering should be done regularly, but not often. It is enough that the soil does not dry out and the water does not stagnate.

The tomato does not tolerate low temperatures, dry air and exposure to direct rays, so in summer, in especially sunny weather, the bush must be shaded.


  • The State Register attributes little Pinocchio to mid-season varieties. From the moment of germination to the beginning of fruiting, 105 - 110 days pass. Although there is information that tomatoes can be harvested after 90 days, which indicates the possibility of early ripening
  • from mini-bushes, you can collect, although not very large, but quite sufficient harvest. According to the State Register, from 1.0 to 1.5 kg of sweet fruits are removed from one plant. But if you take into account the planting density, then the overall indicator will be very good.
  • the first flower clusters appear 4 or 5 weeks after transplanting
  • the formation and ripening of tomatoes is quick, so you won't have to wait long for the harvest after the ovary appears. But at the same time, the formation of fruit clusters occurs gradually, which somewhat lengthens the fruiting period.
  • the immunity of tomato, despite its modest size and varietal affiliation, can be called heroic. Pinocchio is resistant to many common cultural diseases, which makes it much easier to care for. But bushes can suffer from the invasion of pests. The spider mite, which appears due to dry air, is especially unpleasant. Therefore, during the cultivation of this variety on the window, you need to maintain normal humidity.

  • dense skin helps to avoid cracking of the fruit, even if the humidity is high
  • transportability and keeping quality of fruits, of course, are not high. It's all to blame for the too soft pulp structure
  • but the way of using mini-tomatoes is universal. Small tomatoes are used to prepare salads, they decorate ready-made dishes. Children love to eat sweet berries straight from the bush. In addition, the dense skin perfectly withstands heat treatment, so the surplus of the crop can be used in whole-fruit canning.

Reviews who planted

Further you can explore reviews gardeners who have already grown Pinocchio tomatoes on their plots. There are also reviews from people who have had the experience of growing this variety on a balcony or windowsill.

Valentina Ivanovna, Moscow region

Olga Gennadevna, Saratov region

Pavel Petrovich, Vladimir region

Olga Vladimirovna, Volgograd region

Ekaterina Alexandrovna, Samara region

Alexander Vasilievich, Sverdlovsk region

Anna Anatolyevna, Bryansk region

Vitalina Sergeevna, Chelyabinsk region

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