Tomato – Black Prince


A black heirloom from Irkutsk, Siberia. The 57-85 g (2-3 oz) rounded fruits ripen to a deep garnet. Juicy with a rich fruity flavour. A unique salad tomato and also perfect for cooking. The plants produce a large crop and early. Indeterminate.

Price is for seed packets. Plants are available at store. 

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Botanical name
Lycopersicon esculentum


1 per square foot. Climbing.

Plant seeds 1 cm (½”) deep, indoors.

Full sun, hot weather plant. pH around 6-6.5.

Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days.

Tomatoes are susceptible to some fungal diseases, but problems with this plant are mostly caused by cultural practices that stress the plants. Make sure you keep the garden clean and tidy, water consistently and avoid directly spraying water onto the leaves. When plants get off to a good start, few pests will bother them. Protect young plants with floating row covers that are removed when flowering starts.

Start tomatoes indoors in early April indoors under bright lights. Transplant into the garden at the mid to late May. Night-time temperatures need to be reliably above 10°C (50°F) to avoid shocking the seedlings. Before planting, pluck off the lower two thirds of branches and leaves to increase root growth. You won’t believe the difference in growth rate and especially in the yield.

Best to have them climb a trellis to save space and keep pests away. Indeterminate tomatoes keep shooting off new branches found in the crotch between a leaf and the main trunk. You need to pinch out these ‘suckers’ to keep the tomato plant from focusing the plant’s energy into producing fruit.

70 days

Warm, annual

‘Pinching Out’ your growing tomato plants (Suckers)
Harvesting heirloom tomatoes