In foreign countries, the cultivation of fruits and vegetables of unusual shapes has already become a real business. In our country, this practice is still very little widespread. However, growing curly vegetables and fruits is not so difficult, and the result is quite impressive. Let’s talk about this in more detail.
Probably the most famous example of an unusual crop shape is the square watermelon and melon. For melons, this form is not just exotic. It allows you to transport melons and watermelons more conveniently. Of course, and attract the attention of buyers.
An unusual shape can be given not only to watermelons and melons. Curly cucumbers and tomatoes, eggplants and zucchini, apples and pears, pumpkins are grown. In theory, it is possible to give an unusual shape to both carrots and beets, but this practice has not yet been developed with root crops. In addition to the unusual shape, vegetables and fruits are no different from ordinary ones, watermelons are just as sweet, melons are fragrant, cucumbers and tomatoes are juicy.
In order to grow heart-shaped cucumbers or star-shaped tomatoes in a garden bed, special shapes will be required. There are three main requirements for them:
- The form must be strong enough, because during the growth of a vegetable or fruit it can simply break.
- It must be transparent so that ultraviolet rays can reach the fetus, which are needed for the accumulation of carbohydrate mass and photosynthesis.
- The form must be permeable to water, if the liquid that evaporates from the skin of a fruit or vegetable has nowhere to go, the fruit inside will simply rot.
Most often, special forms for curly vegetables and fruits are made of white plexiglass, organic glass, polycarbonate, medical plastic.
One such form for growing curly fruits can cost about 100-250 rubles, which, of course, increases the final cost of the product..
Such unusual pears in the shape of Buddha are popular in China. Agree, it looks very exotic.
It is necessary to place the fruit in the mold at the stage when the ovary, for example, of a cucumber or watermelon, has grown a little. Growing is carried out until the fruit fills the entire form. For the rest, plant care is no different from usual.
Who will be interested in curly vegetables and fruits? For restaurateurs who want to serve their visitors an unusual salad or slices, frozen food producers, those who want to decorate the window of their agricultural store with original vegetables and fruits. And ordinary customers will not be able to pass by, imagining how their guests will be surprised at star cucumbers in a salad or a heart-shaped watermelon.