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  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 0.6m

tomato (beefsteak) 'Black Russian'

beefsteak tomato or Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Russian'

approx 20 seeds £2.59
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: humus-rich, moisture retentive soil

    A fabulous 'black' tomato that's much prized in its native Russia for its superb smoky and complex flavour, not too sharp and not too sweet. The fruits mature to an unusual mahogany brown, darkening with age, and are large and quick to mature – so you'll be sure of ripening your crop even in dull summers.

  • Growing Instructions: Sow in a frost-free greenhouse or windowsill, potting on seedlings individually as they grow. Once all danger of frost has passed, plant into greenhouse borders or into growbags, or harden plants off and plant outside in rich soil in a sunny spot. Tie in to supports as they grow, keep well-watered and feed weekly once flowers form. Regularly pinch out the sideshoots that form between stem and leaves once they reach about 5cm long to encourage plants to form one central stem with plenty of fruit.

  • Sow: January-March

  • Harvest: July-October
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