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Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Purple 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: Purple Russian
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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

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:

Indeterminate

Fruit Shape:

Plum

Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Pink

Purple

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Canning

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

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

Maumelle, Arkansas

Chico, California

Menifee, California

Morgan Hill, California

Sacramento, California

Danbury, Connecticut

Sherrills Ford, North Carolina

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Fort Worth, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 15, 2010, cottonpicker from Audubon, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

One of the first to ripen this year (2010) ... GREAT taste, good productivity. WILL plant again next year!

Neutral

On Feb 14, 2009, jenhillphoto from Danbury, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very prolific. We had lots of rain this year and this tomato cracked at every rainfall, when other varieties did not. I blame the rainy season for the not so great taste. They weren't bad, but not great either. Might try to grow them again some day and hope for a sunny summer.

Positive

On Sep 27, 2008, LenaBeanNZ from Brisbane
Australia (Zone 10b) wrote:

This tomato was in my top 3 for taste last season, out of the 40 or so varieties I grew. Fruit was firm and sweet and didnt crack like most other black/purple tomatoes do. Some plants were tall and productive while others were weak and sickly, not sure why. But Im definately giving them another try this year.

Neutral

On Mar 3, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

SSE says that the original stock from this one came from Irma Henkel in the Ukraine. Excellent for the market as it doesn't crack or have bad shoulders.

Positive

On Jun 5, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Excellent flavor -- similar in taste to many of the better dark/purple varieties. Pretty plants and fruits. Plants get very tall, and have that droopy, wispy, tentacle-like foliage common among several of the OP pastes/hearts/plums.

Neutral

On Jan 30, 2005, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Purplish-pink Italian style plum tomatoes that are a short sausage shape with pointed ends.