Cobra 26 F1 Tomato is a determinate plant that is tall, requires staking, and produces tomatoes over a longer period of time. Instead of having one large harvest at once, they bear over a period of months. These are perfect for home gardeners who want their harvest spread out, or greenhouse growers who want tall plants to best use their space.
Planting Cobra 26 F1 Tomato:
Tomatoes are tender plants and are very susceptible to frost damage. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Sow 2-3 seeds in 1×1 inch cells and thin to 1 plant after germination. Cover the seed with 1⁄4 inch soil and provide a constant soil temperature of 21-26 degrees C. Once plants are up, a growing light is necessary or seedlings will become tall and spindly. After plants develop 1-2 sets of true leaves, transplant them into 3-inch jiffy pots. Use a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks starting at half strength and increasing to full strength over 6 weeks. Seedlings benefit from watering with Epsom salts, use 1 Tbsp of Epsom salts per gallon. Transplant after all danger of frost has passed. When transplanting, space 24-36 inches apart with rows at least 36-48 inches apart.
Growing Cobra 26 F1 Tomato:
Full sun location, preferably with good air circulation. Soil pH of 6.0-6.5. Heavy feeders prefer warm, well-drained soil of good fertility and cultivation. Add plenty of compost and well-rotted manure prior to planting. Feed regularly during the growing season with a compost tea or well-balanced fertilizer. Avoid excessive nitrogen, particularly before the fruit set. Provide even moisture during fruit set and development. Excessive watering can increase fruit size but decrease flavour.
Harvesting Cobra 26 F1 Tomato:
Pick fruit when the fruit is firm and turning red. Overripe tomatoes rot quickly.
Pests & Diseases:
Protect from cutworms by using protective collars around the plant stem or placing cornmeal around the plant base. Blossom end rot (a brownish-black, sunken dead area that forms on the bottom of the fruit) is a condition caused by a calcium deficiency due to uneven watering. Blight, another disease common to tomatoes is caused by warm, humid conditions particularly if plants have not been given some support to keep foliage off the ground. Use copper or sulfur sprays to help prevent blight. Good air circulation along with proper rotation will help to prevent the onset of this harmful disease.
A true greenhouse tomato. With its heavy yield and good taste Cobra has gained strong recognition among greenhouse growers. Properly maintained it will bear fruit for many months. High yields of uniform glossy fruit. Large, round to oblong, 7-ounce fruit are firm, and extremely resistant to cracking with excellent external quality. Tolerance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Maturity is 65-70 days from transplanting. Approx. 15 seeds/pkg.
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