Purple Russian Tomato pk/20

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SKU TM304-20
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Planting Instructions
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75 days. Solanum lycopersicum. Open Pollinated. Plant produces high yields of 5 to 7 oz purplish-red plum tomatoes. They are meaty and very flavorful. One of the best tasting purplish-red tomatoes. Perfect for salads, slicing, salsa, sauce, puree, paste, and canning. Also known as Ukrainian Purple Tomato. Crack resistant. Always a great seller at Farmer’s Markets! Excellent choice for home gardens and specialty market growers. A heirloom variety from Ukraine. Indeterminate.

Lot No: 10183BTS

Germination: 85%

Test Date: 01/19

Seeds Per Pound: 128,000

Plant Height: 60 to 84” tall

Planting Season: Spring

Sunlight Requirement: Full Sun

Planting Method: Indoor Sow

Lycopersicon esculentum

Seed DepthSoil Temp. for GerminationDays to GerminationSunlight RequirementsPlanting Time
1/4 to 1/2" 80 F to 85 F 7 to 14 daysFull Sun Spring
USDA Hardiness ZoneSeed SpacingRow SpacingSpace After ThinningDays to Harvest
N/A 1"48" 48"60 - 90 days
Tomato Seed Planting Information:

Tomato plants should be grown in a warm areas and receive plenty of sunlight, so choose a sunny spot in your garden. Relocate your tomato plants in different parts of your garden each year to avoid diseases. Optimum temperatures for growing tomatoes are between 65 and 85 degrees F. Plant your seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before setting outside. Use Miracle Gro Seed Starting Material for best germination results. We have tested other Seed Starting Mix and experienced poor germination rates. You may have to special order the Miracle Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix from your nursery, as it is hard to find it at many of the large home and garden centers. Do not add any soil, fertilizers, and other chemicals to seed starting material! Do not use jiffy peat pots, plugs, or potting soil as the soil becomes too dry or too wet, which can lead to disease and fungus. We have experienced disease and low germination when using these types of products. When seedlings are 4" tall, transplant them in larger pots. Plants should be at least 10" tall before transplanting outdoors. Place plants outdoors in shady area several days before transplanting outdoors. Shelter the transplants to prevent sunburn, wilting, and rain damage. Spring planting should occur when soil is warm, at least 3 weeks after last frost, and when temperatures remain above 70 degrees F. You can plant early if you use water towers. To prevent branches from breaking from the weight of tomatoes, use 5 to 6 ft tall cages. To tie plants to stakes, use soft strips of cloth. Check indeterminate plants regularly, and pinch off suckers and side branches where leaves join the stems. Plants can grow 1 to 6 ft tall.

Soil Requirements:

Requires fertile slightly acid soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply mulch and grass clippings, or straw around base of plant. Work the soil thoroughly before planting. Add well-rotted manure and compost.

Water Requirements:

Keep soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water well during dry and hot spells. Water in the morning only, on the side of the plants and not directly on the leaves.

Fertilizer Requirements:

Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Apply Miracle Gro every two weeks.

Harvest Tips:

Harvest tomatoes when they are fully mature using a garden scissor so you don't damage the plant. Pick them as they mature to encourage new fruit to form. Remove any decayed tomatoes from the plant.

Customer Reviews

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by on August 25, 2009

5 stars for flavor -- Very juicy and sweet. It has a bit more juice and acid than a Brandywine. Absolutely delicious in a salad. It look like a paste tomato but it is not a paste tomato. I am giving it 4 stars because it was the first to catch late blight. The leaves on this plant always curl -- this is normal and not a sign of disease.

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by on August 25, 2010

I am so impressed with this tomato... it is over 5 feet tall and about as wide across the braces we have tied it too. At first glance I have gave up counting after 50 tomatoes. We ate the first 3 and the flavor is rich and the flesh thick and mellow. We will eat all we can and then make a thick tomato juice which I can use for any thing. So far there is no sign of disease... we live in Regina, Saskatchewan and the entire spring and summer (Aug. 25 now) has been wet. The tomatoes are growing up against the garage where they get full sun and warmth. I will be growing this tomato again next year. The tomato starts out looking like a Roma but can fill out and can look kind of like an oxheart. I also reminds me of a Black Krim...

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by on October 24, 2012

These are awesome. Great flavor, huge plants, and an excellent keeper which ripens well off the vine as well (important in short damp climates like here in the Pacific Northwet). Listen to the commenter who said "the leaves on these always curl" - they looked so sad early in the spring that I moved them away from the rest of my tomatoes and almost threw them out. But then they took off and overtopped even my 5' cages, LOADED with clusters of fruits.

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