Tomato, Black Krim
HEIRLOOM. Medium-sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, with wonderfully rich flavor.
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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 till 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.
Days To Maturity80 daysFruit Weight8 ouncesSunFull SunSpread18 inchesHeight36-40 inchesSow MethodIndoor SowPlanting TimeSpringSow Time6-8 weeks BLFThin6 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Tomato, Black Krim is rated out of 5 by 44.Rated 1 out of 5 by VeteranGardener 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: 2016-01-03Rated 5 out of 5 by JoeM 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: 2015-09-22Rated 5 out of 5 by SAM1 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: 2015-09-04Rated 5 out of 5 by JokerJim 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: 2015-06-04Rated 5 out of 5 by tarita 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: 2015-05-04Rated 4 out of 5 by GardeningFanatic 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: 2014-09-17Rated 5 out of 5 by wdromanski 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: 2014-09-17Rated 4 out of 5 by Brutus 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