Tomato 'Black Prince'

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 Prince
Additional cultivar information:(aka Czerno Prinz)
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Fruit Colors:




Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing


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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Chino Valley, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Capistrano Beach, California

Cerritos, California

Elk Grove, California

Martinez, California

Napa, California

San Luis Obispo, California

Santa Ana, California

Santee, California

Willows, California

Punta Gorda, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Lawrence, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Midland, Michigan

Columbia, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Dobson, North Carolina

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Greenwich, Ohio

Ashland, Oregon

Lebanon, Oregon

Hermitage, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Shepherd, Texas

Logan, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Rock Springs, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 4, 2022, Kamranki from Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates wrote:

I grew Black Prince first time here in Abu Dhabi, UAE this season (2021-2022). The plant seems quite hardy and producing lots of medium sized tomatoes. And as some others have pointed out, fruit is prone to some cracking. But it's got an amazing flavor. Best eaten fresh. Definitely recommend to grow it.


On Aug 31, 2015, ajidulce from Raleigh, NC wrote:

In my Wake Forest, NC garden, Black Prince is producing lots of tomatoes. My only drawback is that grasshoppers are helping themselves to my tomatoes before they are fully ripe! I have to pick them slightly underripe and finish ripening on my windowsills, or they would be full of holes. Same thing is happening with my other tomatoes, as soon as a hint of color or blush is on them, grasshoppers pierce them.
Black Prince is a delicious oddity, my first black tomato grown or even tasted.
I'll save seeds for 2016 for sure, but I wish I had it growing away from other heirloom tomatoes. It is next to a Mr. Stripey so I hope they haven't cross-pollinated.


On Jun 24, 2014, kalex13 from Tuscaloosa, AL wrote:

tastes great! besides our cherry tomatoes, this was the first plant to have rippened tomatoes. rippened tomatoes before our better boys. This could be due to the size of the black prince grew quickly and has a great stalk. we didnt need to tie it or anything! The tomatoes did not turn as dark as i had expected but i don't care about the look. I just want them to taste good and the did that!


On Sep 6, 2013, cephalo from Huntsdale, MO wrote:

If you want to make tomato sauce, THIS is your tomato. Very good, rich and sweet flavor with lots of meat. For the ultimate sauce, use these with some Brandywine thrown in and don't use sugar.


On Sep 8, 2012, nwh from Chicago, IL wrote:

I planted 2 Black Prince this year. The tomatoes are very delicious and I would say the best tasting black tomato I have tried yet. I definitely will plant again. However, it seems like the individual plants vary a lot as to production. I have got about 2 dozen fruits off one of the plants and it is still producing. The other plant seemed very delicate at the beginning of the summer, it was just not growing as quickly, and I have only had a few fruits from it. They both are in the same location. So I would recommend planting more than one.


On Aug 6, 2012, score2000 wrote:

Great plant in nc, 1 cluster is almost ripe, tennis ball to baseball sized and they're turning a deep brown color, one has cracked. I can't wait to taste them.


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

Delicious tomato but cracks easily.


On Jun 6, 2012, EdgarFriendly from Hermitage, TN wrote:

My first year trying these and have had no harvest yet. However, the plant is very bushy, about 5 feet tall and currently has about 20 tomatoes about egg size right now. Very impressed so far - will update on ripe flavor.

Update: very nice. Smaller size fruit but very tasty. Not acidic. Very prolific.
I'll try them again next year.


On May 21, 2012, KCorley from Houston, TX wrote:

Black Prince really impressed me and I will definitely increase its use next spring. The flavor is truly unique and very rich and complex. Plants were somewhat below average producers for me, producing mostly smaller fruits, but with some large specimens mixed in. Fruit is ripe when it feels ripe, even if it has some green streaking left on top; below that it should be dark burgundy. Inside should be the color of merlot, without any green or white.


On Jan 17, 2012, fwfarm from Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

We've grown this most years for 7-8 years now. It's a reliable, early, tasty tomato that produces a large number of smaller, salad size fruits, reliably dark - more mahagony than purple. They are somewhat prone to concentric cracks. The plant itself is the large side. The staff at Nichols, where I got my seed, say their fruit is larger, in the 3" or more range, and that there's variability (but all mine, at two locations, have been smaller fruit)


On Oct 31, 2011, vadryn from Logan, UT wrote:

Plants grew huge, prolific small fruit with excellent, sweet, fruity flavor. Not acidic or sharp tomato tasting at all. Wonderful sliced on sandwiches. Mixed in with San Marzano for my roasted tomato sauce and WOW! Best sauce we've ever had, hands down. Experimenting with new varieties next year, but not at the expense of this one! Black Prince has a permanent home in my garden now.


On May 17, 2011, azruss from Marana, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

Smaller tomatoes, but delicious ones and the plant is very prolific. It is also good for container gardens because the plant, in my garden, tops out at about 4 feet tall. Will definitely grow again--something I can't say for many varieties here in the dry, dusty desert of Baja Arizona. Waiting to see if it will survive the scorching heat of summer to produce again in the fall.


On Sep 1, 2010, YardJoy from Midland, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought this plant at the local home improvement store, determined to find a worthwhile heirloom for my Michigan garden. This tomato has been wonderful! The taste is excellent, the fruit is uniform and unblemished, and production has been amazing for my small space. The plant is an aggressive grower and requires diligent staking, but it is well worth the effort. Will definitely plant again in 2011.


On Aug 5, 2010, LisaGirl187 from Prescott, AZ wrote:

I had to go out of town for a week and found that my mater-sitter lacked a green thumb. My Black Prince died down to the ground and only had a small stub of a stem about a half inch long. I decided to build a very tiny, make-shift greenhouse to see what would happen. As of this morning, my plant stands 4 feet tall and has approximately 30 tomatoes on it, almost ripe for the picking. I had to re-stake it, as it is so wide and heavy and has outgrown it's tomato cage. This is the healthiest tomato plant I've ever grown, and we live in the high deserts of Arizona, just outside of Prescott. They usually don't do this amazing here. I can't wait to taste them.


On Nov 24, 2009, jimh6278 from Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

Very sweet, early and prolific. As others have mentioned, it is a small, soft tomato better off eaten fresh. I will always include one BP in my garden plans.


On Jul 6, 2008, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Black Prince is a good tomato. It is prolific and tasty with a classic "black tomato" flavor. I had no problems with disease. My only nit-pick is that the skins were somewhat thick and as a tomato that is best eaten fresh (too soft to can), that was a bit of a problem for me personally. Otherwise, a quality tomato.


On May 14, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very good flavor, an excellent tasting black tomato (one of the best to me); but poor production. One the upside, fairly small indeterminate plants. 64 days in my spring 2006 garden. If I try this variety again, it will definitely be for the flavor--black tomatoes are my favorite.


On Jun 26, 2005, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Plants are large and sturdy, producing several small to medium fruits in a cluster. Ripe fruit have a dark red to maroonish pulp that is mildy sweet and surprisingly low in acid. Great for slicing and cooking as the seed chambers are small and there is a lot of "meat" in them. The only drawback I have found is that they have a very short shelf-life after harvesting, going mushy in a few days time. Some occasional zippering of the fruits may occur.