(Solanum lycopersicum) A unique, large 8-14 oz. dark tomato exhibiting a rich, deep purplish-brown with green shoulders tomatoes. Some seed savers say it is the best tasting of all the dark tomatoes. Very rich, old-fashioned flavor, sweet and spicy. They add color to salads and make delicious tomato sandwiches. They are the heaviest producing and the earliest! The plants ended up climbing the fence to the top 6′ and became so heavy with fruit that they toppled over and I had to stake an tie them to the fence in multiple areas. Grows well even in the 100 F weather. A rare Russian heirloom. Indeterminate. Open-pollinated. 70-80 days. HOW TO GROW: Once a few true leaves have developed, seedlings should be slowly moved outside (if sprouted indoors) to ambient light. Care should be taken not to expose seedlings to direct, scorching sun so plants may need to be hardened off via slow sun exposure. Hardening off can be done using a shaded or filtered light location, as well as protection from strong winds, rain or low humidity. Hardening off time varies, but can take 5-10 days. *** **SOIL Temperature for Germination: 70F **Plant Spacing: 24″, **Hardiness: Zones 4-10 **Sun Requirement: Full Sun, **Days to Germination: 7-14 days under optimal conditions, **Germination Rate: 96%
Heirloom Seed Product Features:
Black From Tula Beefsteak Tomato Seeds, Heirloom NON-GMO, Indeterminate, Open-Pollinated, Productive, Meaty and Sweet, Slicer, Early, Purple-Black, Super Delicious! 70-80 days. Height at Maturity: 6-8 ft.
Keep moist, not letting the seeds dry out between watering. **SOIL Temperature for Germination: 70-75F. Planting Depth: 1/4″. Sprout tomato seeds in small containers, preferably 4″ or smaller. In-ground germination is not recommended. Use a standard potting mix that is well drained.
Start seeds in containers approximately 8 weeks prior to the planned set-out date. Plants should ultimately be transplanted to the garden 1-2 weeks after the expected date of last frost. Soil should be kept consistently warm, from 70-85F. Cool soils, below about 60-65F, even just at night, will significantly delay or inhibit germination. Additionally, overly warm soils, well above 90F, can inhibit germination and provide ideal conditions for seed rot.
Over watering can cause fungal growth which leads to seed rot. Excess water can also bury seeds deep in the soil where they will not be able break the surface. Water when the soil surface just begins to dry.
Multiple seeds can be planted in a single starter container, but should be thinned once seedlings appear so only a single plant remains. Seeds do not require light for germination but some light source should be provided for seedlings once they emerge from the soil.
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