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PlantFiles: 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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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)

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Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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3 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cottonpicker 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 jenhillphoto 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 LenaBeanNZ 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 berrygirl 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 Suze_ 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 Big_Red 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.


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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