Tomato 'Black Krim'

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 Krim
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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:

Fusarium Wilt (F)

Root Nematodes (N)

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Dothan, Alabama

Thomasville, Alabama

Maricopa, Arizona

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Springdale, Arkansas

Bellflower, California

Berkeley, California

Brea, California

Corte Madera, California

Escondido, California

Klamath River, California

Lakewood, California

Lodi, California

Los Angeles, California

Perris, California

Placentia, California

Pomona, California

Quartz Hill, California

Sacramento, California(2 reports)

San Luis Obispo, California

Santee, California

Stockton, California

Temple City, California

Ukiah, California

West Hills, California

Whittier, California

Yreka, California

Dunnellon, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Largo, Florida

Miami, Florida

Wimauma, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia(2 reports)

Bonaire, Georgia

Calhoun, Georgia

Lewiston, Idaho

Evergreen Park, Illinois

Galesburg, Illinois

Fort Wayne, Indiana(2 reports)

Iowa City, Iowa

Baldwin City, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Benton, Kentucky

Bethelridge, Kentucky

Ft Mitchell, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Pikesville, Maryland

Allston, Massachusetts

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Bay City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Moberly, Missouri

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Long Branch, New Jersey

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Three Bridges, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Leetonia, Ohio

Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Troy, Ohio

Vinton, Ohio

Edmond, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Eagle Point, Oregon

Hillsboro, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Providence, Rhode Island

Cross, South Carolina

Jonesville, South Carolina

North Sioux City, South Dakota

Rapid City, South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Leoma, Tennessee

Tellico Plains, Tennessee

Austin, Texas(3 reports)

Cedar Creek, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas

Ingram, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Lockhart, Texas

Orange, Texas

Port Isabel, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Providence, Utah

Middlebury, Vermont

Alexandria, Virginia

Ashburn, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Bremerton, Washington

Cashmere, Washington(2 reports)

Spokane, Washington

University Place, Washington

Charles Town, West Virginia

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

South Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rock Springs, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 4, 2019, KevinMiller from Winnipeg, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

A friend gave me Black Krim seeds from 4 different tomatoes in 2016. I've planted many of the seeds indoors for the past 4 years, grown seedlings under a GrowLight, and transplanted one or two seedlings in my garden in early June each year.
My experience with Black Krim is mixed, although mostly positive.
Seed germination has been generally OK, and some mortality of seedlings has occurred, but by planting a number of seeds, I've always had seedlings to transplant.
Black Krim is a great-looking tomato, and very tasty, as other growers have mentioned.
My single 2019 plant has been excellent: vigorous, healthy, and very high-yield (13 medium to very large tomatoes harvested as of September 3, with another 12 growing/ripening tomatoes on the plant.


On Jun 11, 2018, jetlag4 from McBride, British Columbia,
Canada wrote:

One of the earliest beefsteak tomatoes in my area (3b). Wonderful flavour. It did equally well outside on my deck as it did in the greenhouse. Because of our short season I didn't get more than 10 fruit per plant, but they were one of the largest of the beefsteak varieties that I grew.


On Jul 19, 2017, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the most productive dark tomato that I have grown to date. However, some plants seem to put on more fruit than others and this takes my rating from a positive to a neutral.


On Jul 22, 2016, Hdjenny62 from South Milwaukee, WI wrote:

Have been growing black Krim for several years. I live in the Milwaukee Wi area in the suburbs near lake Michigan where Temps range from 60s in spring to 90s in late summer. Black Krim are my favorites. The flavor is very good even all by themselves. I eat like I would an apple. Great on sandwiches and in salads. Even made tomatoes sauce. My one plant always is the first to produce fruit out of all my other tomatoes varieties. I get around 60 off one plant. This year I've picked 6 already with around 30 getting ripe and there's around 20 more small ones and blooms beginning. I water this plant often. It takes more water than others. Through trial and error, I've found a good soaking with same amount of water around the same time each day prevents splitting of tomatoes. I don't like using c... read more


On Jan 4, 2016, 5333Taylor from Austin, TX wrote:

Planted five Black Krim in my garden in Central Texas in Spring 2014. The plants produced an average of 30 tomatoes per plant. A minor disappointment was the skin cracking on many tomatoes.


On Jul 8, 2015, fredb51 from Goleta, CA wrote:

Lots of fruit, many had a mealy texture and most had little flavor. When I let it ripen until the shoulders were yellow prone to rot spots. Drip irrigation only, no sprinklers.

We have had daytime temps in the low 80s. Disappointing, would not plant again..


On Jun 14, 2015, lottaTomatoes from Stockton, CA wrote:

I planted a Black Krim last year that I found at some nursery. It was
in partial shade and outgrew the Early girl next to it.
It produced pretty good sized fruits, until the blue Jays found
it so enticing. I lost 5 fruits to those birds before I could put netting around the plant. When I did get 4 or 5 more fruits, I could not believe the taste. Hands down the best tomato, and well worth growing.
This season I have 3 in 5 gallon pots, they are loaded with blossoms
and one has 9 fruits set on it, It averages 95 degrees F here.
I will continue to grow this variety. The seedlings were strong and
this tomato is one that resists disease as long as you add
potassium, calcium and manure to the soil. Grows almost 9 feet tall!


On Jan 24, 2015, LoriAnn1 from Victoria,
Canada wrote:

Best tasting tomato I've ever grown. Slightly smokey, very sweet, rich tomato flavour. Started indoors in late March, put out in mid May, harvesting large fruits in late July until mid September. Not an abundant crop, but fruits were all about 1 lb, so must be caged. In our northern location, matured to dark red with mahogany and green shoulders, very meaty and average amounts of seeds. Not a good keeper, but excellent slicer.


On Sep 8, 2014, ocean_314 from Ukiah, CA wrote:

One of the best but very low production with small tomatoes that did not come n until very late in the season.

I have no idea why, the black brandywines and Cherokee purple did great and where planted right next to the krims.

Everyone in our small town experienced the same thing so maybe is was bad seeds used by the nursery.


On Aug 21, 2014, CalgaryGardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

this is a must grow in my tomato garden. i find it the best tasting of the blacks. i no longer grow black from tula as it doesn't have the taste i am looking for.


On Aug 18, 2014, sssusieq from San Antonio, TX wrote:

A Facebook friend here in San Antonio, TX grew Black Krim for the first time and said it tasted like dirt. She tried several and they all had the same disagreeable flavor. She was so disappointed that she pulled up the healthy plant! Could this have come from an issue with too little/much water or too little/much of a mineral? Was it just that she had never grown a black tomato before and wasn't prepared for the intense, smoky taste that I see in several comments here?


On Apr 1, 2014, garden350 from ALLSTON, MA wrote:

Black Krim is the first black tomato I've grown or tasted. It is best tasting tomato I've ever grown. It has a real tomato taste very good with a little salt. I consider them gourmet and would only eat them by themselves and not buried in a sandwich. I call it a 'tasting' tomato. Compared with my other tomatoes the neighbors always ask for this. I made a mistake of spraying with an organic mix of olive oil, water and too much detergent 1 Tbsp. I sprayed it because of 15 aphids-not worth it. The leaves curled the next day, the other tomatoes were fine. Do not spray it with anything.
For support I just stuck tree branches as stakes into the ground and rested the plant stems on those as it grew. The big mistake I made the 2nd year was to use fencing with 2x4 inch holes and wrapped it... read more


On Jan 24, 2014, JULIETABER from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I had one top out at over 12 ounces and several other were in the half pound range. This sweet tomato makes very good pizza sauce, save your other varieties for the salad.


On Aug 15, 2013, johnrsharp from Hillsboro, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hillsboro Oregon near Portland, and Galesburg Illinois a few years ago

When I grew Black Krim in Illinois, the plants were huge because it rained every week or so all summer. The fruit cracked a lot, and I had better luck with another black tomato called Carbon.

This year in Oregon, the plants are much smaller, but I am having a very heavy crop, with a lot of ripe tomatoes. We had rain in June and a light shower a week ago, but I have not watered the plants at all this year. No cracking here, because it is dry all summer.

I love the taste of black tomatoes. The only tomato that equals their taste is Early Cascade, which I can't get anymore.


On Aug 6, 2013, idealpeggy from Lexington, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Giving it a Positive even though the whole vine died after producing about a dozen tomatoes because-1) This was my first producer-I grew it from seed, 2) it tastes marvelous!, 3) it is beautiful-green at the top, and burgundy at the bottom, 4) wonderful texture-velvetty smooth-slices beautifully.
I read somewhere that one should pick heirlooms when they first start to turn color and that has really saved my tomatoes this year. I did not have a single one crack or get insects or bird damage. These ripen up perfectly inside in about a day.


On Aug 4, 2013, CaliforniaGuy from Lakewood, CA wrote:

Hasn't put out a ton of fruit, but the vine has stayed healthy/attractive and isn't half dead or going wild like a lot of other varieties in my yard. I prefer this to cherokee purple, which it seems to be compared to a lot. Very good tasting fruit. Update: this plant lived and produced longer than the other plants in the yard last year. .


On May 20, 2013, mhherr from Pomona, CA wrote:

I'd like to be able to report a "positive" experience, but I'm not sure yet. My garden is raised beds with Netafim subterranean drip with odd-day watering -- everything is lush and doing nicely with full sun exposure.

I have two beautiful, seemingly healthy Krim plants, each now about 24" - 32" tall (in the ground almost 2 months), dutifully pruned to eliminate the "armpit" scions (some of which I have rooted in water), and they are making lots of flowers. But none of the flowers are setting fruit.

Our weather here in the Los Angeles, CA area has been rather bizarre. We've had days in the past couple of weeks into the 90s followed by overcast days in the 70s, with warm to cool -- and even a few chilly -- nights.

I am routinely foliar feeding... read more


On May 12, 2013, techpro6 from Yreka, CA wrote:

Grows great in the volcanic soil of this town. Late planting helps it keep away from the frosty mornings and snow of spring at our house, part way up the mountain side. Cracks easily but still gives a large yield. Wonderful flavor and plenty of seeds from the cracked tomatoes. It will be on my list for years to come. BEWARE the deer love to munch on these beautiful plants...
poison or not it does not seem to effect them. The local market has potted one gallon starters for sale and the seeds are great for starting the next year. The best years are the ones with cooler summers and long falls found often in this area. Last year they were producing up to the first snowfall.


On May 12, 2013, techpro6 from Yreka, CA wrote:

Grows great in the volcanic soil of this town. Late planting helps it keep away from the frosty mornings and snow of spring at our house, part way up the mountain side. Cracks easily but still gives a large yield. Wonderful flavor and plenty of seeds from the cracked tomatoes. It will be on my list for years to come. BEWARE the deer love to munch on these beautiful plants...
poison or not it does not seem to effect them. The local market has potted one gallon starters for sale and the seeds are great for starting the next year. The best years are the ones with cooler summers and long falls found often in this area. Last year they were producing up to the first snowfall.


On Mar 6, 2013, BruinTechie from Bellflower, CA wrote:

Not a great self-watering container plant. The stalks seemed more brittle than other varieties I've seen which is important if you need to move the containers around a lot. Some sort of barrier is needed to prevent roots from getting into the reservoir since this variety is highly prone to cracking. Not great for cooking.


On Feb 8, 2013, sly2kusa from Placentia, CA wrote:

This is hands down the best heirloom Tomato on the planet (and I have grown many other 'black' tomatoes including Cherokee Purples, Black from Tula, Black Sea Man's and others). I still have plants from May of last year that are still going strong, and with the warm snap that came through during January - more fruit with just a spike of some epsom salts and bone meal. I'd recommend this as a great add to anyone's veggie garden. You will not be disappointed!


On Jan 27, 2013, lilrandy from Baldwin, LA wrote:

This is possibly my favorite heirloom tomato. Aside from it being a great tasting tomato, production is above par every year. Krims have a spot reserved in my garden every season.


On Aug 5, 2012, donnyczech from Sioux Falls, SD (Zone 4b) wrote:

Black Krim is a great tomato and is growing well in my garden in drought stricken South Dakota. No problem with the blight this year probably because of the heat. In July we had less than 1/2 inch of rain for the entire month, so I water a lot. I had to keep my eye of the fruit because when it is ripe, it needs to be picked right away because it can split easily. The fruit is beautiful, green on the top and the rest is a dark black red. The taste is fantastic and I enjoy eating Black Krim right after I pick it. I will definitely grow it again.


On Jul 31, 2012, Calalily from Deep South Coastal, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

One of the best tasting tomatoes I've ever grown. Not as productive as modern hybrids, but delicious.


On Apr 22, 2012, dda1974 from Bonaire, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have a small backyard container garden and I make sure I grow these every year. They taste AWESOME. I usually plant them at the end of April and I have learned that they tend to struggle a little in the heat of the summer (August especially) but they perk up in late September and for the past few years I've had fresh tomatoes well into November. (central Georgia zone 8b)


On Apr 21, 2012, giroffle wrote:

Hello...I am growing Black Krim and Bla ck Russian and they are very near planting out...what size pots should I choose for their final planting place...I believe they grow to 4-5 ft but would I need the same size pot...could someone please advise...thank you so much....I have no information on this on the seed packets...BTW


On Sep 20, 2011, SoCagardner from Escondido, CA wrote:

Black Krim tomatoes are real winners. They have a strong, sweet, smoky flavor that I love. Production far exceeded any other tomato variety in my garden this year. Also, along with Stupice were easily my first to produce ripe tomatoes. Tomatoes are small to medium in size and consistently perfect in shape. The plants are large and do require staking. In the spring, I had some problems with wilt, but the plant survived it and then thrived. No problems with blossom end rot or sun scald. My two favorite tomato plants from this summer were Black Krim and Brandywine Sudduth.


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

Agree with most other positive reviews. This is a winner, my second favorite black (after Black Russian). Has a full-bodied flavor, I feel like I am eating wine. That is the best way I know to illustrate the richness of the flavor.


On Aug 14, 2010, tomatofrog from Echuca,
Australia wrote:

Purple pink in my estimation. Some people say it is brownish red.
Grew well for me two years ago ,even in a pot! Good flavour.
Growing again this year.


On Jul 10, 2010, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

Great disease resistance and production. The tomatoes are wonderful with a very rich taste. One of the best tasting blacks I have grown. Continues to set fruit in very hot and humid weather which is a big plus down here.


On Jun 7, 2010, mandogal from Largo, FL wrote:

This is my first time growing Black Krim. I use an Earthbox. The plant is large and lush and is producing many tomatoes. The tomatoes are large and splitting. The Earthbox is watered daily but the reservoir is dry every night. The fruits are delicious. My other heirlooms have had the fruit worm damage but the Black Krim does not seem to be effected. Any suggestions about how to prevent cracks?


On Feb 19, 2010, dlbailey from Central Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Yes, you can actually grow in a decent purple/black tomato in the Central Valley. This one did very well for me. What a flavor. My favorite tasting tomato of all time. This is a real winner!


On Sep 18, 2009, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew 5 Black Krim plants this year, and all but one succumbed to blight, so I am reporting on a rather small statistical sample! (The one that lasted was in an HEB, but I don't think that made any difference.) The taste is better than average, but not as good as Cherokee Purple. Yield was average. Birds or squirrels loved them too and I had to put up netting to protect them. I'll hope for better luck next year.


On Aug 16, 2009, dave52 from Calgary,

Great plant, When I grew them in the ground or in plastic pots I always had cracking, now I use large Italian clay or terracotta pots with a small bag of pea gravel over the drain hole and I don't get cracking any more, I think its because the roots do not have to stand in water that they don't crack. any way its a great tasting plant with beautiful tomatoes. Almost forgot I use a nice light potting soil, You do have to water twice a day but like I said For me I don't get cracks.


On Sep 22, 2008, tuttamatta from Portland, OR wrote:

It is for sure a winner in my garden, I love the flavor, out of 30 varieties I grew the only one I liked better is Black from Tula, but not by far.


On Jun 17, 2008, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Black Krim is one of my favorites. It is very prolific and has a wonderful rich, earthy flavor. It produces early and continues all season into fall. BK is best eaten fresh, as it is somewhat soft and doesn't can well. A "must grow" tomato for me.


On Sep 7, 2007, majaz from Middlebury, VT (Zone 4b) wrote:

This was my first year with Black Krim. I was looking for Black from Tula which I grew several years ago and found this one. The taste I think is great and the plant produced quite a lot and pretty early. It does look pretty weird with the green and dusky pink and you have to pick it before it looks ripe. Gets very soft quickly, and does tend to get cracks.


On Apr 17, 2007, Greenthumbe from Scripps Ranch, (San Diego), CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This seemed like an awsome and fun tomato variety to put into my "global" garden. I have my sprouts under the grow lamp. Already, I can tell the deep green and purple foliage. How does one pervent the cracking of fruit (before mine start) that seemes to be a problem with other growers in this variety?


On Mar 3, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Slightly flattened 4-5" globes with dark greenish-black shoulders, turns almost black with enough heat and sun.


On Jan 28, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Black Krim generally makes my grow list about every other year. Good flavor, typical of some of the better darks. It does tend to crack occasionally in my garden, even when I am careful with the watering.


On Nov 26, 2005, blameitonkarma from Lancaster, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The Black Krim was by far my favorite this year. Delicious taste and lots of fruit. The tomatoes split like crazy though, but maybe I was more inconsistent with my watering than I thought I was.

Will definitely grow this one again.


On Aug 9, 2005, hurono from Troy, OH wrote:

The negative has been the squirrels like to take a bite or two out of the BK's. We wanted to take those bites! The taste is excellent not exactly smokey, as ofdten described but defionitely more than most red tomatoes. The flavor may not be as intense this year because of the erratic rain. Size was very good as several approaching a pound. Not that many fruit but most have been blemish free.


On Aug 18, 2004, makshi from Noblesville, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

These are very good mild tomato. They weigh approx. 6oz., dark red and blackish color. I at first thought I didn't like the flavor but have decided that I do like it. The plant has held up very well. The only thing I found about this tomato is that it gets cracks on the stem end that don't go all the way through and have not hurt the flavor at all.


On Jul 28, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Sweet taste, a good producer. Soft flesh, not a good canner.


On May 31, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Unique fruits from the Crimean Sea area of Russia. (Krim is Russian for Crimea)

Dark brownish red tomatoes with darker gel in the locules. They look almost rotten, but have a wonderful smokey/sweet taste totally unique to the variety.

Large blemish free fruits that produce well in the South. I like them and they are in my rotation to grow every few years.