My other tomato varieties are several days behind the Krims because they were all planted from seed rather than small starts. My … Place flower pots planted with mint or marigolds next to the tomatoes to discourage tomato hornworms and other pests. I do use liquid miracle grow early in the season to give them a head start on growth as well. On Aug 15, 2013, johnrsharp from Hillsboro, OR (Zone 8b) wrote: Hillsboro Oregon near Portland, and Galesburg Illinois a few years ago Are the bizarre weather days to blame or is there something I'm not doing right? If the soil is boggy or a heavy clay, consider installing raised beds. How Long Does It Take a 'Park's Whopper' Tomato to Get Ripe? Not a good keeper, but excellent slicer. One of the best tasting blacks I have grown. Do not spray it with anything. Just stake the plant where it is, don't move the limbs and it should be fine. The heirloom beefsteak tomato 'Black Krim' (Solanum lycopersicum) produces large dusky red to maroon fruits with greenish-brown shoulders. On Jul 31, 2012, Calalily from Deep South Coastal, TX (Zone 10a) wrote: One of the best tasting tomatoes I've ever grown. I've planted many of the seeds indoors for the past 4 years, grown seedlings under a GrowLight, and transplanted one or two seedlings in my garden in early June each year. Mulch around the tomato plants, pulling the 3- to 4-inch deep mulch 3 or 4 inches from the stems. (The one that lasted was in an HEB, but I don't think that made any difference.) How does one pervent the cracking of fruit (before mine start) that seemes to be a problem with other growers in this variety? On Jun 9, 2011, LORIndiana from Fort Wayne, IN (Zone 5b) wrote: Agree with most other positive reviews. On Aug 18, 2004, makshi from Noblesville, IN (Zone 5a) wrote: These are very good mild tomato. On Jan 4, 2016, 5333Taylor from Austin, TX wrote: Planted five Black Krim in my garden in Central Texas in Spring 2014. On Apr 17, 2007, Greenthumbe from Scripps Ranch, (San Diego), CA (Zone 9b) wrote: This seemed like an awsome and fun tomato variety to put into my "global" garden. I use ... read more, Our neighbors had peacocks when I was growing up. Drip irrigation only, no sprinklers. I use an Earthbox. This season I have 3 in 5 gallon pots, they are loaded with blossoms On Jan 24, 2015, LoriAnn1 from Victoria,Canada wrote: Best tasting tomato I've ever grown. These ripen up perfectly inside in about a day. My first 2 years growing these weren't as sucessful. I had to keep my eye of the fruit because when it is ripe, it needs to be picked right away because it can split easily. Nutritional Value Like all tomato varieties, Black Krim tomatoes are rich in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. The other thing I did recommended by Bonnie Plants [see their website] was when transplanting it, to bury 3/4 of the plant to grow stronger and more roots. On Sep 8, 2014, ocean_314 from Ukiah, CA wrote: One of the best but very low production with small tomatoes that did not come n until very late in the season. The fruit cracked a lot, and I had better luck with another black tomato called Carbon. I have my sprouts under the grow lamp. 'Black Krim' is an indeterminate cultivar that requires 70 to 90 days after transplanting in the garden to produce fruit. Whether you plant seeds indoors or out, prepare the soil by digging in 2 to 4 inches of compost and well-decomposed manure in a sunny, sheltered location, to a depth of 24 to 36 inches. The Black Krim is highly regarded for its excellent, yet bold taste, and medium to large size. Update: this plant lived and produced longer than the other plants in the yard last year. When I let it ripen until the shoulders were yellow prone to rot spots. Native to Russia, Black Krims produce beefsteak-type tomatoes that can show unique dark violet coloration when given plenty of sun exposure. The taste is excellent not exactly smokey, as ofdten described but defionitely more than most red tomatoes. My other heirlooms have had the fruit worm damage but the Black Krim does not seem to be effected. Continues to set fruit in very hot and humid weather which is a big plus down here. Hands down the best tomato, and well worth growing. On Jun 11, 2018, jetlag4 from McBride, British Columbia,Canada wrote: One of the earliest beefsteak tomatoes in my area (3b). © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. Definately a larger plant (mines over 6' already so cage,supports and ties needed) so not goid for container gardening.I start seeds in the greenhouse as early as March so by May I can plant in the garden. These need plenty of sun as well. She was so disappointed that she pulled up the healthy plant! The leaves curled the next day, the other tomatoes were fine. The flavor may not be as intense this year because of the erratic rain. Black Krim is a great-looking tomato, and very tasty, as other growers have mentioned. On Aug 21, 2014, CalgaryGardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3a) wrote: this is a must grow in my tomato garden. This year in Oregon, the plants are much smaller, but I am having a very heavy crop, with a lot of ripe tomatoes. I prefer this to cherokee purple, which it seems to be compared to a lot. Wear gloves and safety glasses when digging and working with compost and fertilizers. She continues to write nonfiction articles on gardening and other topics and is working on a second "50" book about plants that attract hummingbirds. Alternately, fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer formulated for tomatoes. On Feb 8, 2013, sly2kusa from Placentia, CA wrote: This is hands down the best heirloom Tomato on the planet (and I have grown many other 'black' tomatoes including Cherokee Purples, Black from Tula, Black Sea Man's and others). This one did very well for me. The flavor is very good even all by themselves. A "must grow" tomato for me. Grown by indigenous people, the original tomatoes were small, seedy fruits. 'Black Krim' tomatoes are heirlooms and thus are not resistant to a variety of tomato diseases. 'Black Krim' tomatoes are prone to cracking. I have no idea why, the black brandywines and Cherokee purple did great and where planted right next to the krims. Water from below to keep the foliage dry. Black Krim is a great-looking tomato, and very tasty, as other growers have mentioned.