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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Carbon'

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: Carbon

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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:
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)
Large (over 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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7 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LilyToes On Jul 29, 2013, LilyToes from Ouray, CO (Zone 4a) wrote:

I just harvested my first Carbon of the season. I decided to plant this because of all the awards and reviews it has received in taste tests. So far production is low, but that may have a lot to do with my high alpine area. However, the tomato I did harvest was INCREDIBLE. I'm a lover of dark tomatoes for the health benefits and high content of disease fighting compounds. This tomato tasted like red wine almost, it was smoky, and had so much depth. Amazing. HIGHLY Recommended!!!!

Positive paracelsus On Nov 7, 2008, paracelsus from Elmira, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

After trying and failing to grow this tomato twice before, I grew it this year with great success. The fruits were extraordinarily beautiful, pink on the bottom with sparkles in the skin, black on top. The taste was very rich--great for sandwiches and also roasted. The fruits at the bottom of the plant were enormous. I had one from fused flowers that weighed 3 lbs. Definitely growing this one again.

Positive SLO_Garden On Jul 19, 2008, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

I just ate my first Carbon of the season, and it was fabulous! It has a rich, earthy, sweet flavor like any good black tomato. Also, the plant toughed it out through less than stellar weather and produced a decent crop when others wouldn't, so I have many more to enjoy. Carbon is definitely invited back next year.

Positive toriastar On Jul 24, 2007, toriastar from Arlington, VA wrote:

This is the perfect tomato, texture, taste, size, beauty - it's all there. As my friend pointed out, sliced with salt & pepper, it tastes like bacon!! The plant is much more prolific than the Cherokee Purple I grew last year, but then that was my first year with tomato plants and I didn't prune it like I'm doing with this one.

Positive Suze_ On Jan 17, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of my favorites. I find it very similar in taste to Cherokee Purple, another favorite. Plants tend to be slightly more compact than CP, and the fruits are perhaps a bit more crack resistant.

Positive vanya On Apr 27, 2003, vanya from Cotati, CA wrote:

I've grown Carbons from seed for 3 years. In my experience, the plant is not very prolific but the taste of the fruit makes it worthwhile. When mature, the skin is a pink/brown, the flesh deep red. I've found the flavor to be tawny and sweet.

Positive Pala On Oct 2, 2002, Pala from Olympia, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Carbon is an exquisitely beautiful tomato with a very creamy texture and mild flavor. There is substantial fleshiness to it, but enough juice so it is neither dry or mealy. The size and shape can vary, and each plant was very high yielding. Most tomatoes were medium to large burgundy-colored fruits.


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

Pelham, Alabama
Thomasville, Alabama
Holbrook, Arizona
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Cotati, California
Perris, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Montrose, Colorado
Staten Island, New York
Germantown, Tennessee
Corrigan, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
Arlington, Virginia

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