Recently, breeders have bred a large number of various varieties of vegetables and fruits. Scientists also paid attention to radishes. This spring vegetable has a wide variety of species and subspecies. But if you distinguish it according to the principle of early maturity and yield, then Celeste has no competitors.
The Celeste radish hybrid was developed by Dutch scientists as an early maturing and high-yielding spring vegetable variety. It is characterized by:
The variety was introduced and patented by the famous producer of vegetable hybrids "Enza Zaden" especially for farms, but amateur gardeners, having found out all the advantages of Celeste radish, adopted it. Now this hybrid is widespread and is in demand both in farms and in home cultivation.
The hybrid is successfully cultivated from mid-March to the end of November and in our latitudes, gardeners speak only positively about it.
Here is a description of the advantages of the variety, thanks to which it has become widespread:
In addition, a distinctive feature of radish is its suitability for growing both in the open field and in a greenhouse.
Celeste also has some drawbacks, but they pale against the background of the advantages:
It is worth remembering that sowing radishes after any cruciferous plants is a bad job. The plant will not be able to grow and develop normally, as it will lack the necessary nutrients.
In order to get a high yield, it is worth preparing the radish seeds for sowing a little, because for them changing the microclimate around it is a kind of stress. There is nothing complicated in the preparatory process, in order to collect a rich harvest, it is enough to do the following manipulations before sowing:
After that, sowing can be carried out in a previously prepared soil.
Celeste radish pleases with particularly high yields and fruits of excellent quality on soft, sandy loam soils. A good harvest will be on other soils, on clay and black soil, it will be necessary to regularly loosen the top layer of the soil.
Before sowing the seeds, the bed must be prepared. To do this, it is dug up and fertilized with organic matter, diluted slurry is considered the most suitable. It is she who will be able to provide the plant with a maximum of useful substances for normal growth and root formation in such a short time. But drugs of chemical origin should not be used, they will negatively affect the environmental friendliness of the grown stem.
Gardeners of our latitudes note that the Celeste radish is able to adapt to various soils. Fruiting mainly depends on care after sowing.
The hybrid bears excellent fruit throughout the season, it is not afraid of short spring and autumn days, in early spring the crops are covered with foil.
The sowing process itself is as follows:
After sowing, it is advisable to cover the bed with agrofibre or film. Remove the "cover" should only be for watering, and then it is worth returning it to its place.
It is recommended to completely remove it a few days after germination.
To get the maximum possible yield from the sown garden, you should take care of the radish afterwards:
Top dressing should be in moderation, if you over-fertilize the soil, then most of the sowing will go to the arrows.
The Celeste hybrid has high immunity against most diseases. Sometimes, if the watering regime is not followed, the fruits can be affected by putrefactive bacteria. This is prevented by moderate watering and checking the soil before carrying out the process.
Of the pests, radish most often suffers from aphids; this can be prevented with the help of wood ash, which is sprinkled on the plant itself and the aisles every two weeks.
Usually, subject to all the necessary conditions, you can harvest root crops 24 days after sowing. To get a crop of higher quality and visual appeal, this period needs to be slightly increased to 30 days. It is after this period that Celeste radishes will weigh up to 30 g each.
The crop of the hybrid perfectly tolerates transportation over long distances, and after three to four days its appearance will not change at all.
It is better to transport it together with the tops, then the roots will retain their freshness and attractiveness for a longer time.
Growing the Celeste radish is not difficult at all. With a minimum investment of time and money, everyone can get a decent reward in the form of root crops up to 3.5 kg per square meter.
Radish "Celeste" F1 is very popular with both farmers and amateur gardeners. In confirmation of this, one can find numerous positive reviews about this hybrid. According to the manufacturer's description, the ripening period from germination to harvesting is 20 - 25 days, that is, the variety is early, early ripening. Also, the "Celeste" variety is characterized as one of the most delicious radish hybrids. The weight can be up to 30 grams.
The plant has a low erect leaf rosette, which makes it look compact. The leaf plate is obovate, grayish-green in color. The petiole has a weak anthocyanin coloration. The root crop has a beautiful rounded shape, a round head and a characteristic thin tail. The diameter of a ripe fruit is 5 cm. The average weight is 18 - 23 grams. The skin is shiny, colored bright red. The pulp is white, firm, but juicy and tender. Taste qualities are excellent, with a mild pungency, which does not spoil the taste, but rather gives it a piquancy. Thanks to this, radishes are ideal for vitamin salads, which are great combined with other products.
Today on sale you can find Dutch seeds of Celeste F1 radish not only from Enza Zaden, but also from Russian manufacturers and distributors. They are packaged in sachets weighing from 0.5 to 250 g. Packages of 1 g, 2 g, 10 g, 20 g are in demand. It all depends on how much the farmer grows radishes and how often he sows seeds. Neither imported nor domestic seeds cause complaints from consumers (with rare exceptions). According to reviews, they all give amicable shoots and allow you to get a crop that meets the declared characteristics.
Olga (Krasnodar) ... We have been growing Celeste radish for several years, and it has never let us down. We are farmers, and it is important for us that crops can be obtained both in the open field and in the greenhouse. The variety is unpretentious, it is a pleasure to grow it, you just need to make sure that there is no excess or lack of moisture. Radishes are light for their size. Who, like us, grows vegetables for sale, will agree that this is still a minus. I cannot name any other disadvantages of the variety.
Nina (Moscow) ... I like to experiment, so every year I plant a new variety of radish. That year, the choice fell on the Celeste variety, and I did not regret it. Very tasty radish, does not crack, lies well without becoming flabby. Advice to those who will grow it: do not rush to pull the radish, wait at least a month, then it will be sweet and large. We harvested part of the crop prematurely, after 25 days, and that radish was small and bitter. We only blame ourselves, the variety itself is good.
Alexander (Belgorod region) ... Frankly speaking, my agricultural experience is small. I chose a radish based on reviews. The choice was stopped on the Celeste variety F1 and did not regret it. I planted tomatoes in place, did not fertilize, watered from a watering can. The radish grew round, bright, without voids and cracks. Not too big (expected more), but real delicious. I will only plant her further.
Rare negative reviews are mainly associated with an unsuccessful choice of seeds (expired, improperly stored) or with a violation of agricultural technology. To prevent unpleasant surprises, purchase seed in specialized stores and trusted manufacturers, follow the recommendations for growing a particular type of radish. The nuances of agricultural technology of the Celeste radish will be discussed further.
Growing radishes requires the following recommendations:
Compliance with soil moisture conditions. Irrigation is an important process for the care of a crop, since the growth, development and yield of radishes depends on it. Therefore, after planting, the plant must be watered every day and do not allow the top layer of the earth to dry out.
Watering is desirable in the morning and evening, regularly providing light moisture in the soil. With a moisture deficit, the fruit will develop bitterness, they will begin to crack and go into the arrow, blooming. When the vegetable ripens, watering should be reduced to avoid root cracking.
Timely measures to protect against diseases and pests. Diseases and pests can impair the yield and cause the death of the root crop. The culture is susceptible to diseases such as downy mildew, dry rot, bacteriosis, black leg. It is important to identify the first signs of a problem in a timely manner and take the necessary measures to help the plant cope with them.
The cruciferous flea, the bear are pests that can take a fancy to vegetable crops. Competent care and compliance with sanitary standards will reduce the likelihood of the appearance and development of parasites, but if an invasion has occurred, then the plants should be treated with agents specially designed for these purposes.
Advantages of Radish Dabel F1 over other varieties and minor disadvantages are presented in the table.
Early ripening - up to 23 days
Large-fruited - up to 30-35 g
Long periods of low temperatures inhibit the growth of root crops and provoke shooting
No hollowness even when overripe
Amicable ripening of the crop
No shooting even in summer landings
Long-term storage capacity
High yield - over 7.5 kg / sq. m
Dabel F1 radish in open beds can be grown all season - from March almost until the end of autumn. The last sowing is carried out in October. In greenhouses, the variety can be cultivated even during the winter months. Seedlings begin to germinate already at +3 degrees. It is recommended to calibrate radish seeds before planting. After calibration:
Celeste F1 radish is a very convenient vegetable that is easy to grow. It is excellent for growing for sale due to its long shelf life properties and easy transportation.
Its ability to quickly ripen and grow in a greenhouse already in March makes it possible to harvest 2-3 crops per year, which can be increased by reducing the distance between rows.
The mild, juicy taste with a piquant spice has been pleasing summer residents since the beginning of April, helping to fight vitamin deficiency.
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