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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Black Russian'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Russian

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive frantisek On Aug 7, 2013, frantisek from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

This is not an attractive tomato. Most of them have circular cracking on the oddly shaped fruits. When ripe, the tops stay a dark green while the rest of the tomato looks kind of pinkish, brownish, purpley - like a bad brusie that's half healed. That dark green top makes them harder to spot on the plant and you don't want to miss them because you have to harvest by "feel" rather than appearance or size. When it's just starting to get a little soft, pluck that baby then eat it fast because they don't keep/store well at all. Some type of bug seems to make a black hole in nearly every one of mine, so between the cracked tops, black holes and odd lobes, there's not much left of the smaller ones. What's left though, is pure tomato heaven and I wish I would have planted twice as many! They are SOOOO worth it! In zone 4b, production is average and this weird weather year, they're actually earlier than my Brandywines, Brandy Boys and Big Beefs. Beat out everything but Sungolds. Hard to find. Mine came from Harris Seed.

Positive LORIndiana On Jun 9, 2011, LORIndiana from Fort Wayne, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my favorite black, rich and full-bodied like wine. Yum. Because "Black from Tula" was brought from Russia, and the resemblance, I think they are one and the same. I would love to know for sure. Trying Tula this year.

Neutral Farmerdill On Apr 29, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A mahogany brown, medium size tomato bourne on compact indeterminate vines.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Capistrano Beach, California
Fallbrook, California
Fort Wayne, Indiana (2 reports)
Bay City, Michigan
Macomb, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Houston, Texas
Camano Island, Washington

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