If you think Black Krim is a strange name, try Czerno Krimski. Do you have a guess as to where this odd tomato comes from? If you said Russia, then you are correct. The Isle of Krim is located on the Black Sea where this medium sized, indeterminate tomato originates. Black Krim heirloom tomatoes have a reddish almost black coloring on the outside and are reddish on the inside with green gel around the seeds. If you are on a low-sodium diet, these are the tomatoes for you because they already have a salty flavor.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.
Height: Grows 4′ to 5′ tall.
Outstanding Features: Color gets darker in warmer weather.
Tips: Tomatoes will grow in any good garden soil that is properly drained. Good drainage is necessary to prevent “blossom-end rot”. The ground should be tilled deeply before the tomatoes are planted. The soil should also be enriched with compost, leaf mold, peat moss or commercial humus. Manure can be used, if at all, with caution. Set plants out after danger from frost has passed and plant them a bit deeper than what they were growing in their containers. If your plants are a bit spindly, plant them on their sides and cover with dirt up to their first leaves. Roots will grow along the buried stem and produce sturdier plants. To avoid wilts and other serious problems, rotate tomatoes and other related vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants) with non-related vegetables such as legumes and cucurbits (squash, cucumbers). Check out plant tags to see what a tomato variety is resistant to.
*Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow, set fruit, and ripen continuously until a frost arrives. Also known as vining types, they require staking or other support.