Vegetable garden

'Andean horned' tomato: planting and maintenance


With its allure of a big pepper, the 'Andean horned' tomato is easily recognizable.

Between his vigor, her productivity and his generous fruit, it must have its place in your vegetable garden.

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Origins and characteristics

As the name suggests, the 'Andean horned' tomato comes to us from the Andes. It is also found under the name ‘Retort of the Andes’.
Apart from its characteristic and original silhouette, this tomato is perhaps one of the varieties of Solanaceae the most interesting:

  • it is vigorous and productive;
  • its flesh is tender, fragrant and almost seedless;
  • it is easily digestible thanks to its thin skin and low acidity.

Planting the 'Andean horned' tomato

Sowing

Sowing can start from the month of March, but away from jellies. To make them, proceed as follows:

  • mix sand and potting soil in a box;
  • sow your seeds in groups of three;
  • when the shoots have two to three leaves, select the vigorous ones and put them in pots.

Planting Andean Cornue tomatoes

When you have beautiful seedlings in pots (bought or grown), you can transplant them into the ground from the month of may, when frost is no longer to be feared. You must then:

  1. enrich the earth with manure or compost well decomposed;
  2. dig a hole about twenty centimeters deep and install the foot slightly inclined;
  3. position a tutor;
  4. fill the hole by burying the stem to the first leaves. The plant will then produce additional roots on the buried part;
  5. water abundantly at the foot and without touching the leaves.

Culture and maintenance

Maintain the tomato ‘Cornue des Andes’ comes mainly from monitor the watering. He must be regular, But without excess. In addition, to limit the risk of disease, take care not to wet the leaves. Regarding the latter, you can also start removing some when the first fruits appear. This stripping is intended to facilitate ripening of the fruit, but should be light so that the plant is not weakened.

Diseases and pests

Like many varieties, the 'Andean horned' tomato is no exception to the rule and is susceptible to late blight. It can also be prone to blossom end necrosis.

In terms of pests and pests, tomato plants are often the target of whiteflies (otherwise known as white flies) and moth caterpillars.

Harvesting and conservation of the 'Andean Cornue'

Depending on the date of sowing, the harvest spreads out july to october and is ideally done according to your needs.

For keep any excess, place the tomatoes in fridge for a maximum period of 5 to 6 days.

Andine Cornue in the kitchen

Whether in salad, served with mozzarella or sauce, grout and juice ; you will always find a recipe for preparing the "Cornue des Andes" tomato.

For further :

  • Growing your tomatoes well
  • Growing tomatoes in pots

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