It is difficult to imagine more popular varieties than Mother-in-law and Zyatek. Many gardeners think that Zyatek and Mother-in-law cucumbers are one variety. In fact, these are two different hybrid varieties of cucumbers. They have much in common, but they also have differences. Consider all the more detail.
These early ripe hybrids have a lot in common. The most basic is the absence of bitterness even in the most overripe cucumbers. It is this characteristic that allowed them to become so popular. Other common features:
- equally suitable for both outdoor and greenhouse;
- due to the predominantly female flowering do not need insect pollinators;
- cucumbers of cylindrical shape with a diameter of not more than 4 cm;
- have a high yield, which comes on average after 45 days;
- cucumbers are perfect fresh, salted and pickled;
- plants are resistant to powdery mildew.
Now consider the differences. For convenience, they will be presented in tabular form.
The length of the cucumber, see
Lumpy with brown thorns
Lumpy with white spikes
Olive spotting, root rot
Cladosporiosis, cucumber mosaic virus
Productivity of one bush, kg
The photo below shows both varieties. Left mother-in-law variety, right - Zyatek.
Recommendations for growing
Varieties of cucumbers Mother-in-law and Zyatek can be grown either through seedlings or by planting seeds immediately to a garden bed. In this case, the rate of appearance of the first shoots directly depends on the temperature:
- at a temperature of less than +13 degrees, the seeds will not germinate;
- at temperatures from +15 to +20 shoots will appear no later than 10 days;
- if you provide a temperature regime of +25 degrees, then shoots may appear already on day 5.
Sowing seeds of these varieties in the greenhouse or in the open ground is done at the end of May in the wells up to 2 cm deep.
When grown through seedlings, its preparation should begin in the month of April. At the end of May, ready-made seedlings can be planted either in the greenhouse or on the garden bed. The main indicator of cucumber seedlings readiness is the first few leaves on the plant.
At the same time, seeds or young cucumber plants are recommended to be planted every 50 cm. Closer planting will not allow the bushes to develop in full force, which will negatively affect the yield.
Further care of plants includes:
- Regular watering, which should be carried out until the fruit ripens. At the same time it is necessary to water moderately. Abundant watering will lead to decay of the root system of the bushes.
- Weeding and loosening. These are not mandatory procedures, but are recommended. Varieties Mother-in-law and Zyatek will not disregard them and will answer with a good harvest. Council! Loosening the soil should be carried out no more than once a week and very carefully, so as not to harm the plant.
- Top dressing. It is especially important during the vegetative period of the plant. Top dressing is best done once a week, combining it with evening watering. Good results are obtained by using solutions of potassium and phosphorus. But experienced gardeners prefer to use diluted manure. It is important! Excessive fertilization can ruin the plant.
During the period of active growth, young cucumber plants can be tied up. This will not only give the bushes a direction to grow, but also allow you to get more light.
Harvest cucumbers Mother-in-law and Zyatek begin to harvest in early July as the fruit ripens.