Tomato 'Black Pearl'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

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 Pearl
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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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:

American hybrid


Fresh, salad


Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Danbury, Connecticut

Urbandale, Iowa

Carmel, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 2, 2009, OKGrower from Boise City, OK wrote:

I grew these in 2007 and 8. They start well enough, average 14/15 sprout, and about 1/3 will be trying to fruit in 10 weeks. I found they need a full 54" heavy duty cage and a steel fencepost for support, plant on 5' radius spacing. Add 4 Nema-Gone or Golden Guardian marigolds per plant. You will see a difference.

I plant out tomatoes last two weeks of May here; at 10-12 weeks PLUS 2 weeks hardening; uppotting at least twice to take off legging and planting out is with gallon size. These are very prone to if they touch anything else including another seedling during early starting they will leg HORRIBLY. The cage and post will look silly with that transplant. It will not look silly by July.

These will start putting out late June/early July; knee high to the to... read more


On Jan 24, 2009, rah127 from Dalton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I think I like sweeter cherry tomatoes than this one--had a very strong flavor to me, not unpleasant, but not my favorite--other people I gave them to liked them though


On Jun 16, 2006, jenhillphoto from Danbury, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Still very early in the season for us here. So I may change my rating by the end of the summer. Currently, I'm neutral. I started 4 black pearl plants from seed along with nine other varieties of tomatoes. This was the slowest germinator of all the tomatoes. All of the black pearl seedlings were much smaller than the other tomato variety seedlings the entire time they grew inside under the lights and also during the hardening off period outside. I was worried that they'd be slow growing or just not very good plants in general. Even with the unusal, extremely wet and cold spring we've had, they have hung in there. Today, the black pearls have many flowers on the plants. They are growing almost as fast as the others, although still quite a bit smaller than the others. But they seem... read more


On Apr 30, 2006, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

A unique, almost black colored cherry tomato that boasts two different flavors. Enjoy right off the vine, but unlike any other tomato, chilling in the refrigerator brings out a second, unique, extra sweet flavor. I can't comment on this because this is the first time I am growing them. Will comment later in summer! And post pics! Depending on the taste and growth, I may change my rating.

Forgot to update in 2006. Grew again in 2007! Remembered to update! I like these tomatoes - they have a good taste. I agree that the cold/fridge thing doesn't make them taste like a grape. It might make them a little bit sweeter though. I did a side-by-side comparison of cold and warm and they do taste a bit different. Good yields. Not "almost black" like the Burpee packet says,... read more