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The Black Russian is an old variety of beefsteak tomato that sports a rich, complex, and almost smoky flavor. It’s a later-ripening, indeterminate, tomato with slightly flattened, mahogany-coloured fruits. Great for sandwiches and sauces, and especially nice dried.
Black Russian Tomato Seeds
 The Black Russian is well known for its tasty mix of sweet and tart, followed by spicy and smoky undertones. The flavour intensifies when the tomatoes are dried, making them especially tasty in recipes calling for sun-dried tomatoes. As far as tomato plants go, the Black Russian is of the later-ripening variety, indeterminate and regular-leafed.
The plants are sturdy and only need to be pruned sufficiently to maintain good air circulation. Black Russian’s are similar in flavour to the Cherokee Purple, but its shape is more flattened. Its fruits are medium-sized (6-10oz) and rich mahogany in color. Good for sandwiches and sauces.
A complex flavour of sweet and spicy this dark mahogany-brown tomato gets confused as being black! Once you have grown this black tomato it's hard to go back. Best sown in trays started indoors on in a heated propagator and transplanted out to the greenhouse once all risk of frost has passed.
Supporting the tomato plant is recommended providing strong support this black russian tomato will reach an average height of 200cm with a 50cm spread.
Tomato size? Each Black Russian tomato plant should produce around 4kg of fruit in a single growing season with each tomato individual tomato weighing around 280g. Support will be required for larger plants and regular watering to avoid the fruit from splitting.
What are Black Russian tomatoes? Here at Growseed we would class a Black Russian as a beefsteak tomato. They grow large in size, great for slicing and enjoying in a sandwich!
Prone to splitting Regular watering is required during the warmer summer days, unlike other tomatoes the Black Russian will ripen evenly and requires a regular watering routine to avoid splitting before harvest.
Black Russian Details
- Average Germination Time
- 7 - 14 Days
- Sowing Method
- Indoors Sow (propagator)
- Days to Maturity
- 75 Days
- Grow in Greenhouse or Polytunnel
- Packet Seed Count
- Recommended Soil pH
- Suited for small space growing
Sow and Harvest Times