- 80-85 days
- Package contains approximately 10 Black Russian Tomato Seeds.
- Germination: 8-14 days at 50-75F.
- Plant 1/2" deep, 24" apart, with 36-48" between
The 4-ounce fruits of the Black Russian Tomato plant will darken to mahogany-black as they mature. Plants are compact and productive. Black Russian tomatoes have a complex taste that is a wonderful blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky.
Tomatoes are definitely one of the most popular plants for the vegetable garden. Tomato plants love the warm weather and need plenty of sun, and the fruits of the plant are a favorite of gardeners everywhere during summer months. Whether you like huge tomatoes for slicing or small ones for bite-sized morsels, there is a tomato variety to suit your tastes. There is nothing quite like a vine-ripened, home-grown tomato fresh from your garden!
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Plant tomatoes in full sun, in well-prepared soil. Tomatoes prefer a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5. Even watering helps prevent common tomato problems like blossom-end rot and splitting. Water the tomato at the base of the plant, leaving leaves dry if possible.
In many cases, your tomato plants will need some kind of support. Depending on the type of tomato, you might need to use tomato cages, stakes, or trellises to help keep large plants stable. This also helps to stop tomatoes from spreading out too much.
Tomatoes can grow in two ways: determinate (bush) or indeterminate (vining). Determinate tomato plants are more compact. When fruit sets the plant will stop growing usually at 3-4' tall and the tomatoes will all ripen on the plant at around the same time. These tomato plants don't need a lot of support. Indeterminate plants will stretch out on vines. They can stretch to about 6' but sometimes they can get up to 10 or more. These plants will need something to climb on for support. Indeterminate tomatoes keep growing until the frost comes, and fruits will show up throughout the season for a continuous harvest instead of all at once.
Leave tomatoes on the vine as long as you can for best taste. Ripe tomatoes will be bright in color and just a little soft to the touch.
Recipes/How to Use:
Use tomatoes in many recipes, including sauces, soups, salsa, salads, pasta, and pizza. Slice them for use in sandwiches and burgers.
Soup with Summer Veggies
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1-2 zucchini or other summer squash, cut into cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh tomato, diced
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 cups broth of your choice
1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let soup simmer for about 30-45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Serves 8.