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Nutrition and History│Greenhouse Tomato cultivars │ Fertilizer and substrate used

Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folacin and potassium Greenhouse Tomato production in Kartlos farms include both cluster (truss tomatoes) and beefsteak (individual)tomatoes. In Kartlos Farms, we normally harvest and sell tomatoes as complete cluster of 7 to 10 tomatoes still attached to the flowering truss.

Tomatoes: A concise history
Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) originated in South America and because of its value as horticultural crop, it is now grown for food throughout the World. The cherry tomatoes originated in Central America and are the direct ancestor of the modern cultivated tomato.Our Cultivar selection is based on colour, taste, shelf life, disease resistant and high yield potential under greenhouse conditions.

Greenhouse Tomato cultivars
Tomato cultivars can be grouped into determinate or indeterminate based on their growth nature. Determinate cultivars produce a system of branching that has a limited growth to a final form of a bush while the indeterminate cultivars produce a system of branching that has theability to grow indefinitely. Kartlos farms greenhouse tomato cultivar are indeterminate and we provide constant maintenance and supports to the tomato plants to enable them produce fruit indefinitely.

Cherry tomatoes (golfball size)
Cherry tomato produce small fruits, they grow well in greenhouse and are disease resistant, they make a delicious addition to salads, very sweet tomato with excellent flavor, we normally harvest 50 days after transplanting (DAT)

Heirloom Tomatoes
Beefsteak is an indeterminate tomatoes, very large fruits, weight about 1 pound, and matures 80 DAT.

Hybrid Tomatoes (Better boy)
Betterboy is ready to harvest 65 DAT, it is an indeterminate plant and grows well in our greenhouse. The fruit is perfect and ready for slicing on sandwiches with juicy content , the weight is 2 pounds.

Anna F1 tomato variety
Anna F1 tomato variety matures relatively fast, gives high yield and resistant to tomato diseases, deep red in colour with egg shaped fruits, the maturity is 77 DAT.

Fertilizer and substrate used
Our team delivers adequate organic nutrient solutions to the tomatoes throughout its productive life. We have also embarked on changing nutritional requirement of our tomato plants as they grow to maturity and fruit production. The Electrical conductivity (EC) level of tomato medium is monitored and capable of providing adequate and balanced nutrition throughout the plant life cycle. We grow on well fertilized, well drained soilless (substrate) culture system.

Since all our tomatoes are grown in greenhouse, wind and insects cannot pollinate, we normally use hand operated electric vibrator method once a day after the flowers’ petals open, we support all our tomatoes with twine to ensure the stem do not break. In the nearest future we are considering special bees to mechanically agitate tomato flower clusters to acquire pollen and thus accomplish pollination Daily routine check is carried out on pests, disease diagnosis is carried by our research team if pest or pathogens are present, we don’t use chemicals to control disease rather we embark on early and proper sanitation, eradication,elimination and exclusion principles.

Nutrition and History│Greenhouse Broccoli cultivars │ Fertilizer and substrate used

Freshly cut are rich in vitamin A and C with minerals. Its high in diindolylmethane (DIM), it helps to maintain and protect the body against the development of cancer.

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family. They are delicious raw in salads or slightly steamed. It is enjoyed throughout the world in creamed soups, cuisine vegetable purées, Italian sautés, Chinese stir- frys, as well as steamed and tossed with butter and lemon or paired with hollandaise sauce.

Greenhouse Lettuce cultivars
We cultivate Baccus, Emperor, Legend, Mariner Green Comet, , Packman , Marathon , Early Dawn, and Galleon

Fertilizer and substrate used
Broccoli thrives well in soil of good fertility and well drained soil.since we use organic soil, our pH range is not high we have been able to achieve this by supplying dry manure in a circle around the plant after transplanting

Nutrition and History│Greenhouse Lettuce cultivars │ Fertilizer and substrate used

Lettuce is low in calories, and a source of vitamin A, Vitamin C and folacin, darker green lettuce varieties contain the higher portion of Vitamin A

Lettuce is eaten by the ancient gkings of Persia about 2,500 years ago. The Romans seemed to have been the first to use lettuce in salads The Romans seemed to have been the first to use lettuce in salads. The main variety they enjoyed we still know today as Romaine. The 17th century horticulturist, John Evelyn, introduced the vegetable to England, but it was not until the present century that lettuce became popular in North America.

Greenhouse Lectucce cultivars
Kartlos nutrional fresh lettuce is grown in a greenhouse all year round, our lettuce prefers both warm cool climatic conditions.
Black Seeded Simpson:
will bolt quickly and the warm weather
is a red summer crisp variety and does excellently well in warm weather
is a green summer crisp variety and does well in the warm weather

Nutrition and History│Greenhouse Pepper cultivars │ Fertilizer and substrate used

Peppers are good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A

Pepper known as Capsicum annum. Peppers originated from Central and South America and have been a poular additive in foods in many countries.

Greenhouse Pepper Cultivars
Our greenhouse system provides a regulated warm climatic conditions to cultivate diverse varieties ranging from sweet pepper to chillies

a well established, highly productive pepper, sweet flavorsome fruits, from green and rippen to red

Ariane F1:
bell shaped fruits ripening to orange

Artus F1:
Fruits are horn shape and fleshy, ripening to deep red

Redskin F1:
glossy red fruit

Gypsy F1:
bright red fruits Chillies

small, juicy, hot peppers
Caribbean Antillais:
aromatic, red fruits that are very hot and suitable for cooking
Demon Red:
bright-red fruit that are hot and used in Thai cooking