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Paul Robeson Tomato

One of the Best Black Heirlooms

Russian heirloom produces brick-red to black fruits with a smoky, sweet flavor! Vigorous, indeterminate plants bear 7- to 10-oz. beefsteak-type fruits that are great for slicing, salads and sandwiches. One of our staff's all-time favorites, it enjoys a cult following among seed savers. 85 DAYS.

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  • Botanical Name: Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Paul Robeson'
  • Height: 5- 8 feet, Indeterminate
  • Spacing: 2 - 4 feet.
  • Depth: 1/4 inch for seeds. When transplanting, set the plant deep, up to the first true leaves, by digging a deep hole or trench.
  • Spread: 2 - 4 feet.
  • Light Required: Full sun
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating.
  • Yield: High-yielding
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Fruit: 7-10 oz. brick-black colored, beefsteak type fruit.
  • Days To Maturity: 85 days from transplant.
  • Zone: 3 - 9 annual
  • Germination: 7-10 days.
  • Form: Vining
  • Flower Form: Small yellow flowers.
  • Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • Seed Count: Approximately 30 seeds per packet.
  • Pruning: Prune by cutting out suckers (auxiliary shoots between the stems and the leaves) to produce larger fruit. Fruit also ripens earlier since the sun can reach it more easily.
  • Comments: Smoky, sweet flavor. Has a cult following amongst seed savers. Flavor most closely relates to Black Krim. Brick-black color with dark green shoulders. Fruits are often bi-lobed. Russian heirloom lovingly named in the honor of a famous singer/performance artist and equal rights advocate, Paul Robeson.

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