Black Prince Tomato Seed Organic
These Black Prince tomato seeds are certified organic. If you want to make tomato sauce, this is your tomato. Very good, rich and sweet flavor with lots of meat. Black Prince has been a very productive heirloom in our test garden, yielding from 25 to 40 pounds of tomatoes per plant over a 3-month harvest season. The flavor is outstanding. Vigorous vines grow best in tall cages. The fruit is 3 to 5 ounces and ready in (70 days). An heirloom from Irkutsk, Siberia.
30 seeds per pack. Lot #391. 92% germination. Indeterminate.
For all tomatoes, days to maturity are from date of transplanting.
Culture: Tender, cannot tolerate frost. Usually started indoors Feb to April. Avoid using fresh manure as it causes lush foliage with few ripe fruits. Instead use generous amounts of well-rotted cow or horse manure or compost to boost plant vigor, and crushed eggshells at the bottom of each hole for calcium. Heavy phosphorus needs. Responds well to foliar sprays.
Determinate (Det) bush varieties may be staked, should not be pruned.
Indeterminate (Ind) climbing varieties are customarily staked and pruned.
Good seed retains viability so we often commission two-year productions. Organically and sustainably grown seed was rinsed with a sodium hypochlorite solution to reduce the risk of seed-borne disease. This treatment poses no health risks.
Minimum germination soil temperature 50°, optimal range 60-85°, ideal temperature 77°. Emergence takes 6 days at 77°.
Cultural controls: Disinfect greenhouse materials & cages, farming tools & gloves, avoid overhead irrigation, don't work crop when wet, rotate crops, use compost. Don't smoke around tomato plants. Use diatomaceous earth and or wood ashes for dusting pests.