Pros: Novelty heirloom tomato, smoky flavor, interesting cultivar
Cons: not for those who prefer plain old tomato type tomato
~ While the title and details indicate Black Krim tomato, the graphic is that of a lovely egg plant, I grow both. However, for this review I will examine Black Krim.
Botanical Interest's Tomato Certified Organic Heirloom Pole Tomato Black Krim, Lycopersicon lycopersicum, Seeds produce rounded 8 - 12 ounce orbs having an earthy, smoky flavor filled with juice.
Unlike Hybrids, Heirloom Tomatoes are the ones having been pretty much unchanged for decades and longer. Handed down, through generations of family member gardeners to next generation family member gardeners as well as saved by farmers and gardeners for next season planting some of these old time favorites have been flourishing in garden plots and acreages from the 1800s.
Black Krim, an indeterminate tomato variety, is an old early maturing heirloom vine indigenous to the Crimean peninsula of Russia bearing large Beefsteak type fruit having rich earthy type flavor.
While fruit of the Black Krim sets well in heat, this variety also is reported for having done quite well during the cooler temps experienced back during 1993 when many gardeners found less gardening success due to the cooler summer we experienced.
Culture of the Black Krim is that of other indeterminate tomatoes, sow outdoors when all danger of frost has passed i.e. when consistent nighttime temperatures are ranging about 55 - 60° F.
I prefer to start my own seed for transplant using peat pellets and peat pots prior to last expected frost; about 9 - 10 weeks before the final spring frost hits. I sow seed across moistened peat pellets placed in grow through type peat pots, keep moist and warm, and set out following last frost when the seedlings have reached a height of about 8 or so inches.
I transplant most of my seedlings today into growing containers, two to a container, by burying the pot with plant right up to the first set of leaves above the pot, or by laying the pots end to end and then placing growing medium over the pots, and stems of seedlings. The stem will send out roots where the stem is touching the soil creating an especially robust root system. Gently curve the stem end above the soil line, I place small props to help hold the plantlets upright until they acclimate, develop more roots and are well seated into soil.
Plan to cage or stake or cage Black Krim as is done with indeterminate varieties; this cultivar does continue growing vine and producing fruit until autumn's first frost.
In California where we faced hot summers and some warmth for a while during winter as well as the warmer winter, hot summer regions of the south west we often planted some cultivars during late summer to early fall for some winter harvest. Tomatoes do not suffer frost at all, so if you attempt winter harvest be sure to get plants producing well prior to first frost is expected.
Heirlooms are not selectively bred for taste or appearance rather these are the cultivars open pollinated, i.e. insect and other pollinators, growing true to type plants, like their forebears, from seed. Heirloom Tomato Plants add unconventional color, interest and satisfying diversity to the garden area and harvest.
Harvest tomatoes when fruit is firm, wholly colored deep reds with browns having green shoulders and when cut offers a green tinted flesh with darkened reddish brown hue. Taste is smoky tomato, earthen, a tad saltier than most tomatoes we may be used to.
Today most of my tomato gardening is via containers, 5 gallon is a good size, I set 2 transplants in proximity per container.
Botanical Interest's Tomato Black Krim, is offered as a packet of 30 Seeds.
Happy to recommend Botanical Interest's Tomato Certified Organic Heirloom Pole Tomato Black Krim, Lycopersicon lycopersicum.
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NOTE: Because plentiful bee pollination is required for a successful crop; today's hive collapse problems may thwart the backyard gardener and truck farmer alike.
Should the backyard gardener experience less than hoped for results the problem may well be the lack of bees rather than a fault of seed. Plants having many blossoms but showing few if any fruit are showing the result of lack of bees to pollinate the blossoms.
Since Native North American plants are those cultivars originating in and characteristic of a particular region that have developed as you would expect in their bionetwork without artificial introduction; these plants generally have deep root systems that avert water overspill and soil erosion, habitually endure more sway per water availability, and frequently necessitate little to no fertilizer or pest control.
Indigenous cultivars serve to provide food for butterflies, bees, birds other insects, and other valuable pollinators.
Adding hyssop, and other flowering species to outdoor plantings may help to increase visiting bee populations.
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