This Russian heirloom originated in Krymsk on the Black Sea in Russia. Baseball-sized fruits weigh 10–12 ounces and have reddish-brown flesh filled with a rich, slightly salty flavor. Fruit sets well in heat and is a reliable "black" tomato, producing even under adverse conditions from summer to fall. Provide support for plants that can reach 6' or more.
• Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum
• Days to Maturity: 70–90 days from transplanting
• Family: Solanaceae
• Native: Andes
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: Vines up to 6' or longer
• Variety Information: 10–12 oz. rounded, slightly flattened fruits. Color depends on weather conditions; tomatoes will be near black when ripening in warm weather. In cooler climates, fruit will be dusky pink to burgundy/brown with green shoulders.
• Type: Indeterminate, Slicer
• When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"–36"
• Row Spacing: 36"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"–36"
• Harvesting: 'Black Krim' may be harvested when they are still half green and firm.