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75 Days to maturity (from transplant). Solanum lycoperscium. Black Krim Tomato Seeds. Non-GMO, annual, open-pollinated, heirloom, heat tolerant, indeterminate, slicing tomato. Suitable for growing in garden plots, raised beds, and greenhouses. Resistant to Disorders. Also known as Black Crimea as this tomato originates along the Black Sea in Crimea. This tomato is highly sought after for its juiciness and unique flavor profile. Allegedly the seeds of this tomato were spread by soldiers after the Crimean War. In 1990 Lars Olov Rosenstrom is credited with introducing this tomato to the United States from Sweden. ~25 seeds per packet.
Like all other tomatoes, most zones require starting indoors 7-9 weeks before the last spring frost date of your growing location. Sow about 0.25 inches deep in well-draining soil. Supply full sunlight while growing indoors. After true leaves have developed it is helpful to apply a fertilizer or nutrient enriched water to support healthy growth when starting indoors. Introducing a fan to your grow space can also help encourage good airflow to minimize the occurrence of mold or mildew on your new seedlings. Plus, it can help strengthen their stems in preparation for being moved outdoors.
Always harden off your seedlings before transplanting. To harden off seedlings, set them outside for increasing amounts of time each day over the course of 1-2 weeks. Start with leaving them out for only a couple of hours. This process will cause their cell walls to strengthen in response to wind, rain, varying temperatures, and changing humidity levels. New seedlings may appear weak or wilty when set out the first couple of days during this process, but will quickly spring back when returned indoors. When you are ready to transplant, bury the stem deeply as tomatoes can develop roots from anywhere along their hairy stems.
Because of their juiciness, Black Krim tomatoes are susceptible to cracking. To minimize its occurrence, stick to a regular watering schedule. Watering deeply will help establish strong root systems best able to support the health of your plant.
Black Krim Tomato in the Vegetable Garden
This tomato variety can get quite large as an indeterminate type. Be sure to provide support for these vines to grow up. If using something other than a tomato cage, you may need to secure the vine to the support system. Compared to other vegetables, tomatoes are heavy feeders. They will definitely benefit from nutrient-rich soil. If you notice a lot of foliar growth (leaves) with few fruits developing, you may have soils with too much nitrogen though. We recommend getting a soil test done before planting your garden for the season to see the best results.
Harvesting Black Krim Tomato
Black Krim tomatoes are ready to harvest when the fruits are flushed with their iconic black/burgundy skin color. Their fruits are typically large in size, reaching 4-5 inches around. They may also develop with imperfect/unique rounded shapes. Black Krim is ideal for growing as a slicer tomato for eating fresh, adding to salads, or juicing.
About Black Krim Tomato Garden Seeds
In Slavic languages, ‘Krym’ means Crimea and explains the unique name of this tomato. Its origins trace back to a unique history that starts near the Black Sea of Crimea. During the Crimean War, soldiers are credited with spreading these seeds to their home countries due to their popularity. Eventually, they made their way to the United States around 1990 by a Sweden man by the name of Lars Olov Rosenstrom through the Seed Savers Exchange.
Stories From Our Gardeners
"I have many distinct memories of growing several different tomatoes throughout my childhood. Black Krim is one of the most uniquely flavored and colored ones out there. If you are looking for a large and juicy variety, this is the tomato for you!"
Solanum lycoperscium (Previously Lycopersicon esculentum, however this name is no longer accepted as correct)
Slicing - Larger, round tomatoes, the size of your fist or larger.
Black Krim Tomato Color:
Black Krim Tomato Flavor:
Exotic, smokey, mild sweetness, and acidic (less so than other types)
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Annual: Not intended to overwinter
Days to Maturity:
75 (from transplant)
Days to Germination:
Indeterminate - Indeterminate tomatoes are vine-type plants that sprawl (requiring a cage or trellis to support them) and continue to grow throughout the season. Indeterminate tomato plants will continue to produce tomatoes for the rest of the season, so you can harvest continually.
Well-draining, loose (sandy loam), slightly acidic (6.2 to 6.8), and moisture retaining. Too much nitrogen in the soil may lead to more foliage production and less fruiting. Tomatoes like more phosphorus and potassium than other vegetables.
Warmer (70-85 F)
Yes Start Indoors 7-9 weeks before your last spring frost date.
Mid - Ready to harvest 70 to 80 days from transplant. Tricky to get a tomato by the 4th of July with these varieties. They are good mid-summer producers for most USDA Zones.
Pests and Diseases:
Resistant to Disorders. Common pests known to harm tomato plants, in general, include the tomato hornworm, cutworm, aphids, flea beetles, tomato fruit worms, and whiteflies. Also, watch for common diseases such as blossom end rot, fusarium wilt, powdery mildew, verticillium wilt, late blight, bacterial canker/spot, and tobacco mosaic virus. Most of these can be prevented by maintaining a regular watering schedule and avoiding overwatering. Regularly check your plants for pest damage throughout the season. For treating pest and disease problems, we recommend using an organic neem-based product.
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