Black Krim

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 6 ounces
  • Days to Harvest: 75 to 85 days
  • Plant Size: 4 to 7 feet
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate

Black Krim tomato’s color is like red paint with a healthy dose of black stirred into it. Sweet and tangy, this Russian heirloom makes beautiful, rich, dark slices. Try it sliced on a plate next to bright red, orange, and yellow tomatoes. This is a favorite for flavor among fans of heirlooms. Black Krim is a somewhat heat-tolerant heirloom whose color seems to be more intense in warm weather.

We recommend both hybrid and heirloom tomatoes for your garden because hybrids are generally more productive and disease resistant.

Plant tomatoes in spring through early summer. In spring, plant after all danger of frost is passed. If you want to plant early to beat the season, protect the plants from frost and give them added warmth with a row cover. If you find your favorite variety early, you may also keep the plants in the windowsill for a week or two until the weather warms.

Plant spacing: 36 inches apart in conventional rows, 24 to 30 inches in intensive gardens. Plants per person: 2 to 3.

Secrets to Success »

Plant deeply so that two-thirds of the plant is buried, stem and all. The buried stem will sprout roots, adding to the strength of the plant. Fertilize when planting and during the growing season with Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food. Support this vigorous vine with a stake, trellis, or wire cage. Water regularly to avoid cracking due to wet and dry cycles.

Harvest and Use »

Black Krim tomatoes have a rich flavor that deserves to be explored. Enjoy fresh tomatoes sliced or quartered, sprinkled with a little salt or used in a salad or on a sandwich. Use this dark variety for deep color and flavor in recipes from Bloody Marys to tomato jam to tomato pie. Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse with loads of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Try These Garden Companions »

  • Big Beef, Goliath, Park's Whopper, or Red Beefsteak (indeterminate types) for large tomatoes.
  • Bonnie Grape, Juliet, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Yellow Pear, or any cherry tomato that bears all season.
  • Sweet basil for tomato-and-basil salad or sandwich.
  • Bonnie Select VFFNTA, BHN 602 VF123SW, Amelia VF123NStSW, or Talladega VFFTSWSt or other disease resistant hybrid
  • Tomatoes with contrasting colors such as Mr. Stripey, Lemon Boy, Pink Girl, and Better Boy

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