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Cucumber "Libella", or "Libelle f1", is a hybrid form from German breeders, which has gained immense popularity among gardeners in our country. In addition to unsurpassed taste, the special value of this variety is the increased yield at the end of summer.
"Libella" is a long-brained, parthenocarpic, mid-ripe hybrid form, intended for fresh consumption, use for canning or pickling. The taste of the fruit is very good. Harvested has high commercial qualities.
The plant has a high resistance to defeat by downy mildew, as well as olive blotch and is intended for cultivation in any type of soil.
The length of the fetus is from 12 to 14 cm, the surface is characterized by small tuberosity. The shape of ripened fruits is elongated ellipsoid. The average weight varies from 110 to 145 g. The pulp of ripe cucumbers without bitterness. Mass fruiting occurs on the 50th day from sowing seeds into the ground. Ovary bundle type. Productivity with proper care reaches 10 kg per square meter of planting.
Advantages and disadvantages
Libella cucumbers have many advantages that make them popular in many countries:
- excellent taste indicators;
- marketability of harvested fruits for a long time;
- high disease resistance;
- high productivity;
- prolonged fruiting.
The plant is very responsive to high agricultural technology and forms a high yield, subject to growing technology. One of the important characteristics is that the hybrid form is intended both for sowing in open soil, and with the use of film shelters. The mass harvest period lasts from June to September.
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Libella cucumbers grow well and bear fruit abundantly when sown directly on ridges of open ground. Sowing seed should be after the threat of spring frost, when the soil on the ridges warms up to 10-12 ° C. When sowing, the seeds should be buried no more than 3.5-4 cm.
The standard crop pattern is 50x30 cm. Allowed sowing 2 seeds in one hole according to the scheme 60x60 cm. After sowing, when cultivating cucumber "Libella" in areas of temperate or cold climate, the bed should be covered with a film. Watering the seedlings of the cucumber is required every 2-3 days with warm, not lower than 22 ° C, water.
Libella cucumbers can be grown in seedlings, which will allow you to get an earlier harvest of fruits. Sowing seedlings is carried out in late April or early May. Before sowing, the seeds need to be sorted, selecting the largest, and then pour 3% solution of sodium chloride.
Only full-bodied seeds that have sunk to the bottom of the tank are subject to sowing. When sowing, the seeds should be buried no more than 2.5-3 cm. Before emergence, the temperature should not be lower than 23-24 ° С. After emergence, it should be slightly reduced.
Before planting in open ground, you need to conduct a weekly hardening of seedlings. Planting the finished seedlings in open ground should be in accordance with the scheme 50x30 cm. Cucumbers must be placed on fertile, maximally loose and humus-rich soils. In the first days after planting, seedlings must be shaded and protected from a sharp drop in temperature by a film or other covering material.
Libella cucumbers are responsive to good care. For stable growth and plentiful, high-quality fruiting, plants need timely watering, regular weeding, loosening of the top soil layer and top dressing with mineral fertilizers, which are carried out according to the recommendations:
- For the first time, cucumber plantings are fed with fertilizers at the flowering stage, using 0.5 l of mullein and 1 tbsp. l nitrofoski or Kemira funds;
- at the beginning of fruiting, cucumbers need to be fed twice with an interval of 20 days, using a composition similar to the first feeding;
- watering cucumber plantings is required every 2-3 days with warm, at least 22 ° C, water in the evening;
- loosening is carried out after each watering, which will significantly increase the aeration ability of the soil;
- tying lashes and growing cucumbers with long lashes on trellises greatly facilitates the care of plants and reduces the likelihood of being affected by many cucumber diseases;
- timely collection of ripened cucumbers has a positive effect on the formation of high productivity;
- to protect against basic diseases and pests, preventive spraying with folk remedies is required; infusion of onion husks or decoction of solanaceous tops can be used. When diseases appear, systemic fungicides are used.
Reviews of gardeners
Libella cucumbers are long-standing inhabitants of most household plots in our country and neighboring countries. This hybrid has established itself in our climate and bears fruit on the ridges of open ground. Abundant harvests in recent summer days make it possible to use harvested fruits for canning for the winter.
Cucumbers grow in a very aligned shape, delicious and beautiful. They look great both in canned form and are ideal for salads. Cucumbers, as many people know, are very fond of soil moisture, without sufficient watering they begin to bitter. But this variety, according to reviews of vegetable growers, is very resistant to reduced watering and bitterness can rarely be observed. In addition, for a long time there was no mass empty flower or falling ovaries.
How to grow seedlings of cucumbers
This is not to say that this variety will bear fruit abundantly under any circumstances. He is really very responsive to competent and timely care. High disease resistance reduces the need to use any chemistry on the site.
This variety of cucumbers, familiar to many from childhood, is grown to this day, delighting with high and stable crops of very beautiful, juicy and crispy cucumbers.