$2.75 inc GST
Black Russian Tomato indeterminate 50 seeds HUGE Fruit heirloom garden vegetable.
Russian Heirloom variety. Climbing. Plants produce medium sized fruit that mature to a dark mahogany red. Fruits have a very complex and well balanced flavour. Great for salads, sandwiches and drying. Black Russian tomato plants are said to have originated, as the name would suggest, in Russia. However, other than that, there’s very little known about their heritage. It’s a good tomato plant for a cool greenhouse and outdoors. Keep in mind, it does spread quite a bit so do give it plenty of space. Black Russian tomato plants are indeterminate in terms of growth habit. it grows with a thick leader and plenty of lengthy branches so the planting spacing needs to be in line with the spread. As such, it does need to be caged or staked. Black Russian tomato plants are of the heirloom variety meaning it’s true to type. And in turn, that means you can retain seeds for the next tomato growing season.
In accordance with the name, the fruit is blackish, or at least a very dark brown in colour when it ripens. Think along the lines of mahogany colouring. Don’t let this dark colour put you off – the fruit is rather lovely in many respects.
Fruit size varies between 2 and 4 inches in diameter. Likewise, the fruits vary from being almost completely rounded to having slight pleating over the skin’s exterior. Fruit weight varies but it can easily reach 10.6 ounces/ 300 g – maybe more, sometimes less.
In terms of fruit productivity, it’s nothing short of excellent. The fruits develop in numerous small bunches. If you notice that the flowers seem to be a bit misshapen, in my experience it’s best to remove those flowers. Otherwise, the fruit which leads on from these flowers is generally misshapen also. Mind you, there’s nothing at all wrong with a misshaped tomato even if the supermarkets ‘say’ there is. Black Russian tomato plants are vigorous growers. They are also quite tolerant of cold weather conditions and can easily handle typical subtropical winter conditions. As such, while they will grow perfectly well in a greenhouse, ensure that the ambient temperature is kept low. Black Russian tomato plants do not like high ambient temperatures.