Black Krim tomato plants produce large tomatoes with deep reddish purple skin. In hot, sunny conditions, the skin turns nearly black. The reddish green flesh is rich and sweet with a slightly smoky, homegrown flavor.
A type of indeterminate tomato, growing Black Krim tomatoes requires about 70 days from transplant to harvest. If you are interested in growing Black Krim tomatoes in your garden this year or next season, read on to learn how.
Black Krim Tomato Facts
Also known as Black Crimea, Black Krim tomato plants are native to Russia. These tomato plants are considered heirlooms, meaning the seeds have been passed down from generation to generation.
Some growers will say heirloom plants are those that have been passed down for at least 100 years while others say 50 years is sufficient time to be considered an heirloom. Scientifically, heirloom tomatoes are open pollinated, which means that, unlike hybrids, the plants are pollinated naturally.
How to Grow Black Krim Tomatoes
Purchase young Black Krim tomato plants at a nursery or start seeds indoors about six weeks before the last expected frost in your area. Plant in a sunny location when all danger of frost has passed and soil is warm.
Dig 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm.) of manure or compost into the soil before planting. You can also apply a small amount of general-purpose fertilizer according to label recommendations.
To grow a strong, sturdy plant, bury up to two-thirds of the stem. Be sure to install a trellis, stakes, or tomato cage, as Black Krim tomato plants require support.
Black Krim tomato care is really no different than with any other type of tomato. Provide growing tomatoes with 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 cm.) of water each week. The goal is to maintain even soil moisture, helping to prevent blossom rot and cracked fruit. Water at the base of the plant if possible, using drip irrigation or a garden hose.
A layer of mulch, such as shredded leaves or straw, will conserve moisture and help control growth of weeds. Side dress plants with a small amount of balanced fertilizer at four and eight weeks after transplanting. Don’t overfeed; too little is always better than too much.