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The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

author:Food Principal

Tomato is one of the three major vegetables traded in the world and occupies an important position in the global vegetable trade. By 2020, 5.055 million hectares of tomatoes will be cultivated globally. The world's largest tomato producers are China and India, but in 2017, the Netherlands exported 22.2% of the global tomato export value, becoming the world's largest tomato exporter.

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

Dutch tomato growing company Looye Kwekers, whose Honey tomato sold the top fruit, sold 23 euros (a total of 160 yuan) for a weight of 1 kg.

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

△3.59 euros / 180g (about 25 yuan / 180g)

Netizens call it the Hermès of the tomato world, which can only be bought as a snack to relieve hunger, unique honey taste, rich texture layers, long-lasting aftertaste, is the characteristic of this tomato. How did they grow such top tomatoes?

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

Honing tomatoes are derived from the Piccolo variety, a cherry tomato variety obtained from a breeder in France. Looye Kwekers has the privilege of being one of the few growers in Europe to have been licensed to grow Piccolo. Once the seeds are shipped from France, they are reared by a professional plant breeding company, providing them with precise germination conditions. When the seedlings are exactly 55 days old, they leave for their final destination, the Looye Kwekers greenhouse.

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

When strong seedlings reach the greenhouse, they are immediately stuffed into rock wool plates, which is the ideal cultivation medium for tomatoes. Combined with nutrient drip irrigation and overflow water, the temperature in the greenhouse will be controlled at about 21ºC, which is exactly the temperature that tomatoes like.

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

A tomato grows for about 11 months, during which time the growth length can reach 15 meters. In order to make the best use of space, as soon as the seedlings arrive in the greenhouse, they tie a rope to the stem. One end of this rope is attached to a wire system in the ridge of the greenhouse. A few weeks later, the tomato plants reached the barbed wire. Then lower the rope and hang it slightly to the side so that the part of the plant that has been harvested with tomatoes hangs horizontally.

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

Every week, the pruner removes some leaves from the plant. This allows the tomato to absorb more sunlight and improves air circulation around the plant. Pinch out all the side buds we can find so that more nutrients and energy enter the main stem and into the tomatoes. All tomatoes will grow in a uniform shape, ensuring that each vine produces the same number of tomatoes.

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

At the time of picking, the staff will carry out the color card of Looye Kwekers, which is strictly inspected and the tasting team will take samples to monitor the taste.

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato
The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

About 1/4 can be used as the title of "Honingtomaten". It is then sold in packaging.

In Dutch agriculture, there is a feature of high specialization in production and related services, which is conducive to growers to accumulate experience, improve skills, and is more conducive to stabilizing and improving yield and quality. Implement mechanization and automation control of greenhouses to improve labor productivity and reduce production costs.

In order to overcome the harsh agro-ecological environment, the Netherlands is committed to the development of the greenhouse industry, accumulating industrial experience for many years, laying a strong foundation, and making continuous progress in response to environmental changes. In-depth research in many aspects such as industry and academia, and becoming a pioneer in greenhouse production in the world, it is very worth learning.

The growth path of the top Dutch tomato

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