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Tomato, Black Krim

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HEIRLOOM. Medium-sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, with wonderfully rich flavor.

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This medium-sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, with wonderfully rich flavor, originated in Crimea, a peninsula in the Black Sea with perfect "tomato summers". Extremely tasty.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

80 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

8 ounces

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18 inches

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  • Tomatoes

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Mar-21
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-30

How to Sow and Plant

  • Sow tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼  inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil. Make sure you did not grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes in the bed the previous year to avoid disease problems.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Tomatoes should be set 30-48 inches apart in a row with the rows spaced 3-4 feet apart. It can be tempting to space tomatoes more closely at planting time, but if you plant too closely you will increase the chance of disease, and decrease yields.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development. 
  • Tomatoes can be planted deeply, with the stem buried to the first set of leaves. The more deeply they are planted the more roots will form, providing the plant with additional support and better ability to take up nutrients. Some gardeners plant tomatoes by digging a horizontal trench and laying the plant in the trench with the top 2-4 inches of the plant pointing upward.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Place your plant support at this time. You can try tomato cages or staking. Unsupported plants will sprawl on the ground, require no pruning, and will probably produce a larger yield of smaller fruit than will staked plants. For larger, cleaner, more perfect fruits, support plants as they grow. Growing on stakes: Place strong stakes in the ground and set plants about 6 inches from the stakes. Growing in cages: Place a cage around a single plant; let the vines grow and enlarge within the cage, no pruning  will be necessary

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. This is especially important for tomatoes as their roots may be easily damaged when weeding, and this can lead to blossom end rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • If growing on stakes: As the plants grow, allow only one or two main stems to grow and pinch out any other side shoots as they form. Gently tie the one or two remaining shoots to the stake; don't pull them tightly against the stake. If growing in cages, no pruning is necessary.
  • Whether to remove the side shoots, or suckers, that grow out of the leaf axils or not depends on the support system used. Gardeners using stakes usually snap off these side shoots. They typically get earlier and larger tomatoes but overall production tends to be less. If tomatoes are grown in cages, the suckers are generally left on, although it's a good idea to pinch the tip out of them when they are 6-8 inches long. Regardless you may want to remove all the growth from the bottom 6-10 inches of the plant. This helps to improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases such as early blight. Wait until the plants are knee-high. In the morning when the plants have the most water in them, snap off the lower growth while it is small. Any plants that look sick with distorted foliage or have a mosaic pattern on the leaves should be removed as they may have a virus that can spread to the other plants. It is best to do this early in the season.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvesting and Preserving Tips

  • Determinate tomato plants ripen a heavy crop over a few weeks. Indeterminate varieties bear fruit continuously until frost. Remember that the days to harvest refers to the time from setting out transplants in the garden.
  • Pick tomatoes when they are as ripe as possible. They should be fully colored and firm and picked regularly to avoid overloading plants.
  • At the end of the season, when you know there will be a frost, pick all the almost-ripe tomatoes you can, and ripen them in brown bags or spread on newspapers at room temperature. Many cultivars will store for months. Store only sound fruit, at 50-60°F. Do NOT refrigerate and try to avoid having the fruit touch each other.
  • The foliage of tomatoes is toxic and should not be eaten.
  • Tomato fruits are enjoyed in many cooked dishes as a flavoring. Use them to make soups, sauces, stews, ketchup, paste, juice, quiche, and pies. Add them to curries, casseroles, and chutney.
Fruit Bearing
Days To Maturity
80 days
Fruit Weight
8 ounces
Full Sun
18 inches
36-40 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
6 inches
Tomato, Black Krim is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 58.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cosmic colors and out of this world flavor! I haven't tasted a homegrown tomato like this in a long time. They are funky looking, with a taste that's just as rich as their color. This is not the kind of tomato I'd sell at the market. They do tend to crack and aren't great for storage, but they are amazing for eating straight up or in a caprese salad. Mine produced well into November!
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEET-TART JUICY MEATY AND DELICIOUS. this is the best eating tomato I have ever tasted. Thanks for making it available to everyone.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite tasting tomato! Of all the varieties I plant this is my favorite tasting tomato. A very bountiful harvest too! A little tricky to determine when to pick because it's not a standard red or pink color for beginners, but recommend harvesting before overripe. Not a great keeper but wonderful flavor, not acidic and somewhat salty taste.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous The best flavored tomato. Can't wait for next season to plant more. This is what a tomato is supposed to taste like. I call it "Black Beauty."
Date published: 2016-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tasting tomato we've ever had. These plants are extremely productive and I have had no disease issues yet this year. Some of the tops of my plants have blown over on severe thunderstorms but I've been able to tie them back up and plant continues growing. All of my plants that I started from seed have grown to 8ft tall and still growing and chuck full of huge tomatoes. My largest tomato so far was almost 1.5 lbs! I will grow these again next year.
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tomato Nice size and flavor, unique color, heavy producer. My sixth year to grow ths tomato
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Black Krim disappointment I was very disappointed with Black Krim. I had 3 plants of this type. Germination was good, plants grew vigorously, but set a few fruits. Those few fruits either spoiled on the vine, or, if picked unripen, they would rotten before ripe. Do not waste money on this type. Those 5 star reviews sound fake to me.
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning on all counts I tried one Black Krim plant this year, among an assortment of 15 other tomato plants. I'd previously neither eaten nor grown this variety before, and was totally unprepared. This one vine has outperformed three Brandywines in production. It grew over nine feet tall, at which point the combined weight of the vine and the 30-somewhat tomatoes it was carrying pulled down the trellis to which I had it tied. It's now growing nine feet across, on the ground. Tomatoes of varying size (from small to enormous) began ripening in July and show no signs of stopping even now in late September. The fruit itself ranges from stunningly beautiful to downright scary/ugly, the flavor hands-down the most intense of any tomato-based I've tried, less acidic than a Brandywine, sweet, and a bit earthy. They are also very aromatic. They make my Rutgers feel like a complete waste of space. Downright glorious.
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite tomato Delicious, flavorful taste. Medium size. Doesn't have deep lobes often found on a beefsteak tomato. Easy-peel skin. Produces extremely well. I'm planning on switching most of my tomatoes over to this. Better flavor than Ace or Whopper.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing tomatoes I have had tremendous success with these seeds. 100% germination! I use a 50/50 top soil and organic compost mix and they do fantastic. When I transplant into the garden, raised beds or containers, they take off. I get tons of delicious fruit from huge plants. With the exception of the early blight at the end of last summer, there has been no issues at all. This is the heirloom to plant if you eat them plain or with a light dressing. The flavor is awesome.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Heirloom Great heirloom, ours produced fruit late in the season vs. midseason but once the plant put on the fruit it did not stop! Lots of large, delicious fruits with amazing flavor!
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious Great tasting tomato! Make sure you pick it when the "shoulders" are still green, for the best tasting. The reason I only gave it 4 stars was because it did not produce many tomatoes. I maybe got 8 tomatoes total. It also was the first tomato plant in my garden (I have about 18 tomato plants) to get a disease. I will try again next year, just because they were so yummy!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black Krims Every Year! Great tomato! They are very large, very juicy. We grew about 20 plants and had to double-stake them because there was so much fruit! I'm always hesitant to plant heirlooms for fear that I would sacrifice yield. I have a small garden and need to get what I can out of my space. There were tones of tomatoes! Cooked many and made about 20 quarts of sauce! I certainly recommend.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flavor is worth the trouble Excellent heirloom taste - very strong, sweet, acidic and really juicy. One of our favorite slicing tomatoes. The plants can be a bit fussy and the fruit tends to crack. These don't exhibit great disease resistance, but if you keep them pruned, they do ok. The branches tend to grow more out, instead of up, so you have to keep them in line. Expect green shoulders on fully-ripe fruit as with other heirloom varieties. Decent producer over a long growing season. We grow these every year and will continue to do so - we love the flavor.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diffrent Tomato I have grown this tomato for many years. First is flavor. Its a smoky/ earthy taste to me. Others just enjoy the flavor. When growing the Black Krim you MUST pick it when bottom is red top green. (half and half). When watered it will have less taste. Always add calcium (can use Tums or egg shells) when planting. For the new gardeners just remember Krim is a Heirloom,so less is tomatoes.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is one interesting tomato My mother called these the "ugly tomato" and I never understood why. This was a descent producer with above average taste that would crack a bit. I personally liked the color aspect and it provided nice color contrasts especially on a plate with many of the heirloom tomato varieties. The fruits are not super large and this would be a great tomato for the gardener that has little space in their garden but want something that has solid flavor.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plants Arrived in Great Shape I've just planted these tomatoes but want to counter some negative reviews of ordering plants. This was the first year that Burpee shipped tomato plants to CA. I order nine tomatoes and three peppers. I had my fingers crossed but the packaging and vigor of the plants was amazing. All arrived in perfect condition and are thriving so far.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Prone to cracking I planted a variety of heirlooms and a few hybrid tomatoes last year: Pink Brandywine, Black Krim, Black From Tula, Sungold, Ace 55, Bush Goliath, and Tumbling Tom. I planted the Black Krim from seed indoors and transpanted outdoors.. It grew vigorously, but began fruiting late compared to my other tomatoes. Nearly all the Black Krim tomatoes produced cracked deeply when they began ripening. Compared to my other black tomato, Black From Tula, the Black Krim was not very impressive. The Black From Tula began fruiting much earlier, had almost no cracking, was more productive, and had larger fruit. The flavor was similarly tasty. Once I cut off the cracked portions, however, the Black Krim had a very nice flavor, typical of an heirloom tomato with green shoulders. I have learned that the tomato types with green shoulders genetically have superior flavor compared to the tomato types with homogeneous color. I have limited space in my raised beds, so this year I will not be planting Black Krim. Too much tomato wasted from cracking. In its place I will try a Chocolate Cherokee instead.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I hoped for This tomato under performed all 8 varities in my garden last year. If I could get them to a riped stage with out cracks, they had to be eaten or refrigerated that day. They didn't store well and I didn't think the taste was outstanding. They were not worth the trouble for me.
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it from now on only will have this tomato!!!!
Date published: 2012-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from didn't travel well Like another reviewer, I'd ordered this as a "transplant" and it was pretty much DOA. However the other two plants I received (in the same package) were fine. I planted it in hopes of a miracle, but alas there was no resurrection for my black krum. For the record, the sweet bell pepper, and the sun gold cherry tomato we fantastic.
Date published: 2012-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dead on arrival i had forgotten that i even ordered these transplants last January and later bought several seed packs. the 4 transplants arrived in early April on life support and i could not revive them although i tried valiantly. the black krims that i grew from seed and doing very well and first one is about ready to be picked..can't wait.
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great flavor! A very good looking and tasty tomato, especially when you slice it on a plate with other varieties. Wonderful!
Date published: 2012-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Tomato This tomato lived up to the expectations I had when I ordered it. It is a beautiful tomato with a taste that is out of this world. It has definitely become my favorite.
Date published: 2012-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased with Black Krim The taste was out of this world. We sliced one or two every morning, and became addicted to eating Black Krim with breakfast.
Date published: 2011-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rich tasting tomato Unfortunately got this planted late in clay soil. I liked the plant growth habit, but only got a dozen tomatoes. They seemed to have the 'embedded' stem problem at the top of the fruit so only got 65% of each tomato. I liked the flavor for its unusual zest. Will grow this one again and put in earlier, in a better location!
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Tomato I've ever tasted Even with the horrible heat...I finally have ripe tomatos. It was worth the wait...they are the best tomato I've ever had.
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST flavor Delicious! All of my tomatoes had Early Blight this year, however, all my plants had set fruit by the time blight got the better of them. These tomatoes are soooo delicious, I'll continue to plant them every year. I love Cherokee Purples and these are as good, maybe better. They've certainly produced more fruit than any Cherokee Purple I've ever grown. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS VARIETY!
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent heirloom An excellent flavored tomato and I like the color. Occasional cracking, but not a huge problem here (we water tomatoes only once a week once they are established, so maybe that helped??). Excellent yields in a pretty cool growing season. No diseases. We will grow it again this year!
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tasty I screwed up last spring and got all the tomato plants mixed up when they were seedlings. These got put into 5 gal self watering buckets meant for cherry toms. With the hight Boise heat, they tended to dry out too much and then an attempt to keep all the water from evaporating resulted in drowning the plants. We only got 2 tomatoes, but they were really delicious. I don't usually like tomatoes, but I am growing these again for 2010. I'm going to make sure they get planted correctly.
Date published: 2010-12-13
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