There are not many varieties and hybrids of tomato that can bear fruit in the open field. One of the record holders is the first generation hybrid Argonaut.
Even in the wettest summer, he practically does not "get sick" with fungal and viral diseases typical of his relatives, and he begins to yield the harvest earlier than other varieties.
You will find a full description of the variety, as well as information about the features of cultivation and characteristics in our article.
Argonaut tomatoes: variety description
|general description||Early ripe hybrid with limited vigor|
|Ripening period||85-95 days|
|Average weight of tomatoes||180 gram|
|Variety yield||3-4 kg per bush|
|Growing features||Standard agricultural technology|
|Disease resistance||Resistant to most diseases|
Argonaut F1 is a hybrid with limited vigor of growth, that is, determinant. Even under very favorable conditions, the bush of this type of tomato rarely grows more than 70 cm in height. The stem does not form a hybrid, however, with careful plant formation, it can be grown into one stem. The compact crown, medium leafiness and powerful root system allow it to be grown without support, but this does not exclude the risk of the bush falling over.
The ripening period of the hybrid fruit is early. The first fully ripe fruits can be harvested within 85-95 days after the emergence of mass shoots.
When sowing in February or March, conditional seedlings can be grown outdoors. In the southern regions, direct sowing into the ground is practiced, but in the northern regions it is better to plant this hybrid in greenhouses.
Due to very early fruiting and active growth at the beginning of the growing season, the Argonaut tomato simply does not have time to get under the wave of the spread of late blight and other diseases, the peak of infection with which occurs in August and September.
- The fruits of the first generation hybrid Argonaut are distinguished by a leveled surface and bright coral color.
- The pulp is rich in taste, very dense, the seed chambers are small, in one fruit - up to 9 pieces.
- The average fruit weight is about 180 g.
- A distinctive feature of the fruits of this hybrid is high commercial quality and stability during transportation and storage.
According to the manufacturer's description, the hybrid has a universal purpose. It is well suited for canning in salads and whole-fruit pickles. Tomato is no less tasty in fresh vegetable salads. For the preparation of juices, the fruits of the Argonaut are also suitable, but they turn out to be sour.
You can compare the weight of Argonaut fruits with others in the table below:
|Variety name||Fruit weight (grams)|
Argonaut F1 is a relatively young variety. It was eaten by breeders of the Gardens of Russia company in 2011, and it was entered into the State Register in 2015.
The tomato grows well in the middle lane, the Moscow region and the Non-Chernozem zone. Even in conditions with a harsh climate (the middle part of the Urals and the northern regions of Siberia and the Far East), the Argonaut manages to bear high-quality fruits. In the open field, the yield of the hybrid is 3-4 kg per plant. When grown under film shelters, it slightly increases - up to 4.5 kg per bush.
You can compare the yield of Argonaut tomatoes with others below:
|Argonaut||3-4 kg per bush|
|Gulliver||7 kg per bush|
|Pink Lady||25 kg per square meter|
|Fat jack||5-6 kg per bush|
|Doll||8-9 kg per square meter|
|Lazy||15 kg per square meter|
|Black bunch||6 kg per bush|
|Rocket||6.5 kg per square meter|
|Brown sugar||6-7 kg per square meter|
|King of Kings||5 kg per bush|
The Argonaut hybrid has many advantages. The most valuable thing, according to gardeners, is a high yield and early fruiting. Among summer residents, the variety received the nickname "supertomat" for its disease resistance and stable fruiting.
Of the shortcomings, reviews mention only the need to tie the plants to the pegs, since, despite the low height, the bush tends to "collapse". The main feature of the variety is the evenness of the fruits obtained from one plant. Their size, color and shape are exactly the same.
All this allows you to grow tomatoes not only for your own consumption, but also for sale.
It is possible to sow the seeds of Argonaut from the beginning of April, and young seedlings are placed in the ground at the end of May. It is recommended to form a bush in three stems with tying to pegs.
After flowering, stepchildren are practically not formed, therefore, for a more uniform growth and ripening of fruits, it is only necessary to break off the leaf blades shading the brushes. Top dressing is recommended with organic matter, up to 4 times per season.
Diseases and pests
The hybrid is practically not affected by diseases common to greenhouse tomatoes. To completely eliminate the risk of plant infection with infections, you can treat the bush with Fitosporin. Of the pests, only bears are dangerous. You can fight them with special means or by regularly loosening the soil under plantings and adding pepper to it.
Despite the complete unpretentiousness and undemanding growing conditions, the tomato hybrid Argonaut F1 is a very valuable variety for growing on a personal plot. The beautiful and tasty fruits of this variety are able to fully satisfy the needs of summer residents.
In the table below you will find links to tomato varieties with different ripening periods:
|Mid late||Early ripe||Late ripening|
|Raspberry miracle||Rose of Wind||Grapefruit|
|Market miracle||Diva||Bull heart|
|De Barao Orange||Buyan||Bobcat|
|De Barao Red||Irina||King of Kings|
|Honey fireworks||Pink spam||Grandma's gift|
|Krasnobay F1||Red Guard||Snowfall F1|