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5 Organic 'Black Russian' Tomato Plants

Dark brown tomatoes with a rich and smokey flavour

The Highlights

    • Fantastic giant dark brown beefsteak tomatoes–perfect for sauces or on burgers
    • Rich, smokey flavour that is mildly sweet–truly unique
    • Cordon Variety–Grows to 1.5m, support and prune for maximum yield As Cordon varieties grow so tall they will need to be supported to grow up vertically. You can use a stake or train up a structure as long as it is tall enough for the plant. Prune away the 'suckers', or stems that grow in between the 'armpit' of the main stem and the side leaf stems. The idea is to train one strong main stem up from which all the fruit will grow.MORE
    • Can cope with colder summer conditions Native to Russia, 'Black Russian' will still grow well even if the summer isn't the hottest, provided that there is enough sun. 'Black Russian' actually prefers being grown in a cold greenhouse instead of a hot one.MORE
    • Reliably produces great crops of huge fruit through the summer and into Autumn

5 Organic 'Black Russian' Tomato Plants

Dark brown tomatoes with a rich and smokey flavour
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The Highlights

    • Fantastic giant dark brown beefsteak tomatoes–perfect for sauces or on burgers
    • Rich, smokey flavour that is mildly sweet–truly unique
    • Cordon Variety–Grows to 1.5m, support and prune for maximum yield As Cordon varieties grow so tall they will need to be supported to grow up vertically. You can use a stake or train up a structure as long as it is tall enough for the plant. Prune away the 'suckers', or stems that grow in between the 'armpit' of the main stem and the side leaf stems. The idea is to train one strong main stem up from which all the fruit will grow.MORE
    • Can cope with colder summer conditions Native to Russia, 'Black Russian' will still grow well even if the summer isn't the hottest, provided that there is enough sun. 'Black Russian' actually prefers being grown in a cold greenhouse instead of a hot one.MORE
    • Reliably produces great crops of huge fruit through the summer and into Autumn

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

5 Plug plants
Plug plants are small seedlings that allows you to skip the germination process involved in having to sow from seed.

Height on arrival:

12-30cm

Eventual height:

1.5m

Eventual spread:

60cm

Tasting notes:

Rich, smokey whilst mildly sweet

Time to first crop:

8-10 weeks

Hardiness:

Not Hardy
Avoid frost and keep in a sheltered position away from chilling winds or under cover.

Uses:

Sauces, On Burgers, Dips

Rootstock:

Spacing:

45-60cm
Space 45-60cm apart in rows, or plant one in a pot that is at least 30cm across.

Care Guide

Good Pest and Disease Resistance

Can be affected by Tomato Blight

Water Regularly

Full sun in a sheltered positionMORE

Full sun in a sheltered position

Tomato plants require 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day. Position in a sheltered space

Fertile

well-draining soil

Feed Regularly

Once the flowers emerge feed every week with a high potash feed such as organic liquid tomato feed.MORE

Pruning Required

Remove the 'Suckers'

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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