This tomato variety owes the name 'Queen of the Night' to its beautiful and elegant coloring. We will introduce you to the Queen of the Night tomatoes and explain what needs to be considered during cultivation and care.
The 'Queen of the Night' shows a true play of colors of blue, red and orange [Photo: thekovtun / Shutterstock.com]
The 'Queen of the Night' is one of the few striped and blue beefsteak tomatoes. In this profile you will find out everything about the taste, properties and use of the unique tomato variety.
Tomato Queen of the Night: Wanted poster
|fruit||Beefsteak tomato; red-orange with black shoulders|
|taste||slightly sour, spicy, aromatic|
|Ripening time||medium late|
|growth||Stick tomato, up to 140 cm|
|Location||Greenhouse, pot, protected field|
Origin and history of the beefsteak tomato
The 'Queen of the Night' is a newer German breed. The aroma nursery Deaflora near Potsdam names the 'Queen of the Night' as its own variety. Unfortunately, the year of its creation is not known. The fact is, however, that the blue and black tomato varieties have only been part of the huge range of the popular nightshade family for a few years. For about a decade, more and more new varieties have appeared with the anthocyanin dye, which is not found in our classic varieties. Sunlight can produce all shades of color from light purple to night black.
Taste and characteristics of the tomato variety 'Queen of the Night'
The 'Queen of the Night' reaches a height of barely more than 140 centimeters. The slightly ribbed, round fruits can weigh up to 150 grams, so they are among the beefsteak tomatoes. As the fruit grows, the green fruit is covered with purple shoulders that turn black until ripe. The first red-orange striped tomatoes can be harvested from mid-August. The taste of 'Queen of the Night' is slightly sour, spicy and aromatic without any noteworthy sweetness. It is solid and can be propagated again from its own seeds.
The more sunlight the 'Queen of the Night' gets, the darker the blue coloration [Photo: KeemMiDo / Shutterstock.com]
Cultivation in pots and in the field: you should pay attention to this
The 'Queen of the Night' is ideal as a compact beefsteak tomato for keeping in a pot. But even in the protected field it is robust, hardly susceptible to disease and insensitive. Before planting, you should wait for the ice saints in mid-May and then put the young plants out. For planting in pots, we recommend using a substrate that is adapted to tomatoes, such as our Plantura organic tomato soil. The high proportion of compost replaces peat that is harmful to the climate and provides the necessary nutrients for tomatoes for healthy growth and flower formation, such as potassium and phosphorus. After planting, the young plant should be well watered and then supported.
Tomato 'Queen of the Night': care
The 'Queen of the Night' starts fruiting from June and soon a delicate violet covers the young fruits. Now the harvest time of the tomato begins and it needs more nutrients in order to supply all fruits well. An organic fertilizer, such as our Plantura organic tomato and vegetable fertilizer, provides your plants with all the minerals and nutrients they need sustainably and gently. The liquid fertilizer can simply be applied together with the irrigation water about once a week. The small beefsteak tomato can withstand two shoots, all other side shoots are broken out early. Proper mulching and watering of tomatoes is very important, especially in the field, to prevent disease and promote soil life.
Harvest and use of the Queen of the Night tomato
The first fruits of the 'Queen of the Night' are ripe from the end of July to mid-August. On the shady side, the fruit turns red and orange, and when you press lightly, the now soft pulp gives way. The 'Queen of the Night' hardly tastes sweet, it is more of a processing variety for soups and sauces. But only in the raw state can it present its wonderful play of colors and so the storable tomato can also score points optically in salads or as raw food.
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