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Days To Maturity : 69-80
Germination Days : 6-14
Planting Depth : 1/4
Seed Code : C
Seeds Per Packet : 30
Spacing : 24
When To Plant : Late spring
When To Plant : Early summer
25 PKTs Available
Black Krim Tomato VTO-5770



Luscious Russian heirloom,

 very juicy, with that indescribable smoky black tomato flavor at its best.

Midseason, but requires less heat for ripening than others--good for coastal climates and mountain areas. Ripens well off the vine. Dark brown-red when ripe with green shoulders.

After trying lots of "black" types, Black Krim is still our favorite for flavor.

BOTANICAL NAME: Solanum lycopersicum


Start in flats or pots 2 months or so before setting out. Transplant into well-composted soil after danger of frost is past. Set plants several inches deeper than in the pot-they will root along the stem. Greedy feeder-needs ample amounts of compost or decomposed manure. Needs lots of potassium, phosphorous, but not as much nitrogen. Needs calcium to prevent blossom-end rot; use gypsum or bone meal if necessary. Keep soil most in dry weather with periodic, deep watering and mulch.

GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: H/Matures 8-13/Harvest 17+/Yield 100-418/Spacing 24"


PHOTO CREDIT: Seed Savers Exchange

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I showed this plant contempt and it showed me love
on 12/18/16 by Charles Stewart in San Francisco

Put the seeds in starter pots in April. Was rebuilding that part of the garden and so they got bashed around and neglected. By sometime in June they had barely grown more than a few true leaves and were pretty pathetic. Out of pure contempt I put them in the 'worst place in the garden' along a fence where nothing else ever survived. The plants not only survived - they thrived. With in a few weeks the plant had covered the fence. Not only that the tomatoes were the best looking and best tasting (raw) tomatoes I have ever grown. Full background: I live in a (warmish) part of San Francisco someplace where it is barley warm and sunny enough in the summer to grow tomatoes and in soil that is disease prone and infrequently watered. Bottom Line: These guys are champs and are now part of my regular rotation

Black Krim Lover
on 02/11/16 by Susan in Santa Rosa, CA

To the person who was waited for top to ripen: Maintains a green shoulder and tomatoe body is brown red. Go by feel. Fabulous flavor! Our favorite. Early for us.

Best in the West
on 12/20/14 by Pat Nichols in CA

In coastal South Carolina, where I grew up, we could tell which part of the coast a tomato came from by its taste. Johns Island tomatoes were the best. Over the last half-century, I have tried every seed that my SC grandmother gave me or the CA Master Gardeners recommended, with no luck matching the taste of any SC tomato. Terroir affects more than wine! HOWEVER, the Black Krim comes the closest and is my go-to tomato in the West. Paul Robeson is also good. I start them in January in a hot box and transplant them into Walls of Water out in the garden to give them a good start sometime in March. There they get lots of home-made compost and sturdy wire cages for climbing. They taste best with just enough water to keep them going, either drip irrigation or hand watering.

Tried hard to like it…
on 01/11/14 by Ann in NY

But this heirloom strain had too many problems. White flies love it, only moderate production, uneven ripening - stem end of fruit takes forever to ripen while bottom of fruit is already overly ripe, deeply grooved and very crack-susceptible. The fruits were huge, but bruised just taking them off the vine and did not store well at all. Taste was only okay. Not recommended.