Black Prince

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 2 to 3 ounces
  • Days to Harvest: 70-90 days
  • Plant Size: 6 to 9 feet
  • Plant Type: Indeterminate

Black Prince has a deep, rich mahogany color. It has a lot of red in it, too, as well as a rich sweet flavor that has carried it all the way from Siberia to your garden. Best of all, Black Prince fruits where summers are cool, as well as warm. You may have heard: black tomatoes win a lot of taste contests.

We recommend both hybrid and heirloom tomatoes for your garden because hybrids are generally more productive and disease resistant, but this heirloom is quite productive. Black Prince has been a very productive heirloom in our garden, yielding from 25 to 40 pounds of tomatoes per plant over a 3-month harvest season.

Plant tomatoes in spring (after danger of frost is passed) through early summer. If you shop early, you may also keep the plants in a sunny windowsill for a week or two until the weather warms. If you plant early, protect plants from cold with a row cover.

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 8-foot stakes, tall trellis, or sturdy wire cage.

Water regularly. Tomatoes need steady watering to develop to full size and prevent blossom end rot. To keep the soil moist, mix compost into planting holes, and mulch around the plants after the soil warms. Watering with a soaker hose is best to keep the foliage dry. Wet leaves encourage disease.

Harvest and Use »

Black tomatoes have rich flavor. Enjoy them fresh in salads and on sandwiches. Use Black Prince for rich flavor and deep color in tomato sauce and 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, Bush Goliath, for large beefsteak 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.
  • BHN 602 VF123SW, Amelia VF123NStSW, or Talladega VFFTSWSt for extra disease resistance in the Deep South.
  • Tomatoes with contrasting colors such as Mr. Stripey, Lemon Boy, Pink Girl, and Marion.
  • Bush Early Girl (determinate) or Early Girl (indeterminate) for early harvest.

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