Growing Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar (RKPSC) | Tips and Recommendations From Lee, an Experienced Gardener

Growing Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar (RKPSC) | Tips and Recommendations From Lee, an Experienced Gardener
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Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar (RKPSC) is a cherry tomato variety that has been gaining popularity among gardeners. Lee started seed for this variety on February 12 and was pleased to find that the plants were much larger than other varieties he had planted at the same time. Others have read great things about RKPSC, and one gardener reported that it had an A+ rating. Another gardener grew two RKPSC plants last year and found that they produced 320 fruit over the season, with a flavor that was in the top couple of the 13 cherry varieties she grew. Lee also grew RKPSC during his two seasons in Tulsa and found that his plant got to 8' tall and produced 350 fruit by mid-June. The taste was excellent, better than Black Cherry, sweeter and richer/tangier. However, his plant did get Gray Mold, which spread quickly. For those looking to try RKPSC, Lee recommends investing in the best shade cloth available as research studies from universities and USDA department leaders have shown its benefits in helping plants thrive during climate changes.

Lee also recommends planting RKPSC in a raised bed with plenty of organic matter and compost. The soil should be well-draining, as the plant does not like to sit in water. He suggests adding a layer of mulch to help keep the soil moist and cool during hot summer days. Lee also recommends using a drip irrigation system to ensure that the plants get enough water without overwatering. Additionally, he suggests fertilizing the plants every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 8-8-8.

Lee has found that RKPSC is very disease resistant, but it is still important to practice good garden hygiene. This includes removing any diseased leaves or fruit, and keeping the area around the plants free of weeds and debris. It is also important to rotate crops each year to reduce the chances of disease spreading from one season to the next. Additionally, Lee recommends pruning the plants regularly to encourage new growth and increase yields.

Overall, Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar (RKPSC) is an excellent cherry tomato variety for those looking for a sweet and flavorful crop. With proper care and attention, this variety can produce large yields of delicious fruit. Lee has found that investing in quality shade cloth, planting in raised beds with plenty of organic matter and compost, using drip irrigation, and practicing good garden hygiene are all essential for growing RKPSC successfully.

Has anyone grown Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar yet?

Yes, some have grown it and reported great results. It is known to be hardy and produce a black cherry-like fruit with an extra zing.

How long does it take for Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar to germinate?

Germination can take a few days, but once the plants start growing they tend to grow quickly.

What kind of results have people had with Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar?

People have reported that the plants are hardy and produce a lot of fruit. The fruit is said to be similar in size to Sungold tomatoes, with a sweet and tangy flavor.

Does Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar need shade cloth?

Shade cloth may help protect the plant from extreme heat and humidity, but it is not necessary. The plant is known to be quite hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures.

What kind of soil should I use for Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar?

It is best to use a well-draining soil with plenty of organic matter. A mix of compost, peat moss, and perlite works well.

How much water does Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar need?

The plants need to be kept consistently moist but not soggy. Water the plants when the top inch of soil is dry and avoid over-watering.

How often should I fertilize Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar?

Fertilizing every two weeks during the growing season is recommended. Use an organic fertilizer that is low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potassium.

Does Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar need staking?

Staking may be necessary if the plants become too tall or heavy with fruit. A simple stake or trellis should do the trick.

When should I harvest Reinhard Kraft's Purple Sugar?

The fruit will be ready to harvest when it has turned a deep purple color and feels slightly soft when gently squeezed.