Heirloom Vegetable and Herb Seeds for the Backyard Gardener

Tomato - Black Russian

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Tomato – Black Russian

Season – late winter/ spring; Sow 6mm deep; Plant spacing at 40-60cm apart; Germination period between 6-12 days; Soil temperatures between 16˚C and 35˚C; Harvest time approx. 8-17 weeks.

Black Russian tomatoes have a distinctive black appearance and full bodied flavour. These tomato varieties, like most heirloom tomatoes, are of the indeterminate type.  This means they will continue to grow a main stem until it is killed by frost. They are best supported with stakes or else will sprawl across the garden. Tomatoes need a long growing season and are best started indoors in seed trays 6 to 8 weeks before planting out. They require full sun, well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter. Tomatoes perform best with consistent watering.

Good companion plants – basil, carrot, celery, chives and parsley

Seed quantity - 20