Anna F1 Tomato Variety:
If You are thinking of growing tomatoes in a greenhouse, Anna F1 variety could be the ideal tomato variety.
Why? You may ask.
Well this tomato variety gives massive yields, thus great profits.
Just to give you a glimpse of what I mean…
One acre of Anna F1 growing in a greenhouse, can give you KES 3 Million per year.
Just imagine such awesome yields per acre!
That’s KES 250,000 per month—which is a lot more income than what some engineers, doctors, or civil servants earn!
I know this sounds too profitable to be true.
So you are probably asking:
“How can someone get such huge earnings per acre by growing Anna F1 tomatoes?”
That’s why I am here today.
Let me show you how to earn KES 3,000,000 per acre growing Anna Tomato.
Top Anna F1 Variety Features That Make It a Money Spinning Tomato Variety.
Anna F1 is an indeterminate tomato variety.
Let me explain what this means.
Indeterminate means that the tomato does not stop growing as it gives fruit.
The tomato can grow for over 6 months to over 6 meters long.
This key attribute is what makes Anna F1 Tomato stand above other tomato varieties.
Its continuous growth ensures that you always have tomato fruits to harvest!
Secondly, a single Anna F1 tomato can produce 18 kilos of fruit.
That is amazing considering most varieties produce at most 5 Kilos?
Now, suppose you grow 16,000 Anna F1 tomato plants in one acre.
Multiplying 16,000 by 18 kilos yield per plant means you’ll get up to 300 tons of tomato per acre!
That’s not all about Anna tomato.
The tomato variety produces firm, oval deep red and sweet tomato that people love.
And when it comes to the days it takes to get your first harvest, you only need 75 days.
Things become sweeter because the variety has a long harvest period.
For 8 months you’ll be harvesting tomato fruits 3 times a week.
“Isn’t that amazing?”
Transplanting Anna F1 Tomato seedlings
In 4 weeks, your seedlings should be ready for transplanting to the open field.
But there is a very vital step you need to consider before you transplant your seedlings.
This step is hardening the seedlings.
Seedling hardening prepares the plant to withstand the environmental stresses associated with the greenhouse.
So…How do you harden the seedlings?
- Reduce the watering frequency gradually. If you were watering the seedlings daily, reduce that to 4 times per week, 3 times per week and even once per week.
- Expose them to direct sunlight gradually
Once this is done, your seedlings are ready for transplanting.
To achieve 100% success rate, transplant Anna F1 tomato seedlings in the evening when the weather is cool.
Doing so will enable the seedlings have over 12 hours to acclimatize to their new environment.
Transplant directly into already prepared holes spaced at ranges 60 by 45 cm or 60 by 60 cm.
Spacing of Anna F1 depends on the soil condition and water availability.
Trellising of Anna F1 tomato: Why Do We Trellis Tomato Plants?
Trellising of Anna tomato is about providing support to the tomato plants.
“Why is trellising of tomato absolutely necessary?”
- Properly trellised tomato creates suitable working environment where activities like pruning, watering, spraying becomes easy.
- Prevents foliage and fruits from touching the ground, thus protecting the plants from pests and diseases.
- This is essential with greenhouse production of tomato to allow for continuous growth.
- Trellising ensures free air movement and reduces disease incidences
When do you trellis tomato plants?
For the best results, trellis your tomato plants 3 weeks after transplanting.
to avoid plant damage.
Tie a string lightly on the tomato and then gently twine the string around the plant and finally tie string to the wire above.
Equipment to Use in Trellising Tomato Plants
- Sisal/polythene rope
- Tomato plant clips
- Support poles
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Pruning of Tomato Plants
This is an important aspect of managing any tomato plant.
Without it, tomato plants will be prone to pest and fungal attacks, and injury.
Without pruning, you’ll have excess foliage, that will make it difficult for you to work in the greenhouse.
So how exactly do you prune your Anna tomato plants?
- Remove side shoots, laterals, old leaves, diseased leaves and branches and overshadowed lower leaves by hand.
- Remove excess flowers. Pruned to 6-7 per cluster for medium to large fruits.
How to Irrigate Tomato Plants for Maximum Yields and Profits
When it comes to irrigation of Anna F1 tomato, you should consider the following:
- Timing of Watering
Do this in the morning.
By irrigating tomato in the morning, instead of the evening, you prevent the development of foliar diseases like blights and mildews.
- Volume of Water Required per Tomato plant
½ a liter per plant is sufficient though this depends on prevailing weather conditions and stage of growth.
When the plant is actively producing fruits, you may have to increase to ¾ liter.
- Irrigation system to use on tomato plants:
For the best results on irrigation of Anna F1 variety, use the drip irrigation system.
This system is so good as it delivers water right at the root zone of the tomato plant.
It also prevents the development of foliar diseases that arise from overhead irrigation.
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Apply phosphate fertilizer such as DAP during transplanting 10 grams per plant
Top dress 3 weeks later with NPK at the rate of 10-15 grams per plant.
Avoid excess nitrogen. It leads to excess vegetative growth, poor fruit set, smaller fruits and hollow fruit with poor keeping quality.
Apply calcium fertilizers to curb blossom end rot disease.
To correct micro nutrient deficiencies, apply foliar feeds along the regular pesticide applications.
Controlling Pest and diseases
Always scout for pest and diseases in the morning hours.
Common pests: Whiteflies, red spider mites, aphids, thrips, cutworms, nematodes, bollworms and leaf miners.
Common pest: wilts, blights, mildews and leaf spots.
Cultural methods such as use of certified seed, destroying alternate hosts etc. are the best,
For diseases eg. blights and mildews sulfur based or copper based fungicides are used.
Note the active ingredient so as to avoid doing one kind of spray all the time which could lead to build up of resistance.
Maturity and Harvesting:
Anna F1 is ready for harvesting after 70-75 days.
Harvesting period may continue for 8 months plus.
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