Variety from Russia
Variety from Russia
Taste of Ukraine! Ukrainian Purple (Purple Russian) Tomato Seeds, Heirloom, NON-GMO, RARE, Indeterminate. Absolutely unique and outstanding tomato! A winner! Ukrainian Purple (aka Purple Russian). Plum shaped fruits are 3-4" long and weigh 6 ounces, generally crack-free. An exquisitely flavored tomato, the Purple Russian looks like a dark variety of a classic paste tomato but instead has a deep, complex flavor that rivals the best tomatoes. Meaty pulp, smooth and sweet taste and deep purple flesh make up this oval-shaped fruit that can grow to several inches long. Small to medium-sized plants are healthy bearers. Plants are very productive. Indeterminate. 80 days from transplant.
Germination time: 1-3 weeks under ideal conditions.
1) Prepare for planting. 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 the last frost.
2) Plant seeds. Plant seeds 1/4" deep in the soil. Cover with soil and water carefully. Overwatering 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 to 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.
3) Germination. 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.
4) Care of seedlings. 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 the 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.
5) Planting out. Plant in the ground once the danger of frost has past and daytime temperatures consistently reach 65F. Plants can be spaced as close as 24" apart.
Store Seeds: Store seeds away from children, sealed in their packaging in a cool, dry, dark place, or in a fridge. Never store them in a freezer as the sudden temperature drop is likely to kill them. Don't leave the seeds in direct sunlight as the heat generated may kill.