How to Grow Black from Tula Tomatoes & Harvest

Black from Tula tomato is a very tasty heirloom tomato. This variety of abundant foliage offers fruits of 7 to 14 ounces (200 to 400 g), slightly flattened and more or less ribbed, dark red with green spots on the top. Continue reading to learn how to grow black from Tula tomatoes.

Black from Tula Tomato History

Dr. Carolyn Male states in her book “100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden,” specifically on pages 62 and 63, that ‘Black from Tula Tomato’ has its roots in Ukraine. Tula is a Russian city, but this tomato is originally from Ukraine, although it is not yet known why it is named after a Russian city. This tomato variety was first imported in 1996 by a private seed seller from Russia. I think this is enough of a history of the black from Tula tomato. Continue reading to find out how to grow black from Tula tomatoes.

black from tula tomato history
Black from Tula tomatoes originate from Ukraine.

How to Grow Black from Tula Tomatoes

The first thing you need to grow black from Tula tomatoes is quality seeds. Quality seeds are essential to obtain a high germination rate and quality fruit. You can obtain quality disease-free seeds from many online stores. I personally use non-GMO untreated seeds because my crops are organic.

The black from Tula tomatoes needs soil rich in nutrients and with good drainage. The ideal pH for growing black from Tula tomatoes is between 6 and 7. To learn more about the pH of your soil I recommend reading our article about how to measure soil pH.

Start black from Tula seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. You can use seedbeds or pots. Place the seeds in the pot and add a thin layer of soil. The soil layer should be about 1/8″ (3 to 4 mm) thin. Never bury the seeds of this variety of tomatoes too deep.

Water gently and place the seedbed or pot in a warm area. In addition, you can cover your pot with a transparent plastic cover to encourage the germination of the black from Tula tomato seeds. Always keep the soil moist, but never waterlogged. Black from Tula tomatoes seeds take 7 to 14 days to germinate.

When the risk of frost has passed and the black from Tula seedlings are large enough, plant them outdoors or in a larger pot. I recommend gradually exposing the seedlings to the sun a few days before transplanting to avoid shock.

Black from Tula tomatoes are indeterminate tomatoes and will need support or a trellis during growth. It is essential to use some support on your tomato plants for proper growth and development of the tomato plant.

how to grow black from tula tomatoes
How to Grow Black from Tula Tomatoes? Using a substrate rich in nutrients and quality seeds in a few days you will have your seedlings of black from Tula tomatoes.
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How to Care Black from Tula Tomatoes

You already know how to grow black from Tula tomatoes, now I will give you some tips on how to take care of your tomato plants to obtain tasty quality tomatoes.

Black from Tula tomatoes plants should be planted 24” (60 cm) apart from each other to promote air circulation, which is beneficial for tomato growth and to avoid pests and diseases. Locate tomato plants in a place where they receive at least 8 hours of direct sunlight.

Use a 10-5-15 NPK fertilizer or similar to fertilize your black from Tula tomatoes. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and apply the fertilizer shortly before the first blooms appear on the tomato plant. To learn more about fertilizing tomatoes I recommend reading our article on how to fertilize tomatoes.

Keep the soil of your tomato plants moist but not waterlogged. Apply mulch to help retain moisture and prevent weed growth. It is essential to water properly during fruit development to avoid cracked fruit.

Like other tomato varieties, black from Tula tomatoes are susceptible to various pests and diseases. Some common pests that may affect them include aphids, whiteflies, and tomato hornworms. Diseases that may affect these tomatoes include blight, verticillium wilt, and fusarium wilt. I recommend you read our article about how to use neem oil on tomato plants.

How and When to Harvest Black from Tula Tomatoes

Black from Tula tomatoes are typically ready for harvest about 80–85 days after transplanting. However, the exact timing may vary based on factors such as the climate, growing conditions, and the stage of ripeness you prefer.

Ripe black from Tula tomatoes acquires a deep purple-red or blackish color. The skin should be firm and smooth, with no cracks or blemishes. I recommend using a sharp knife or scissors to harvest the tomatoes so as not to damage the plant. Never pull the tomatoes by hand, or you may damage the tomato plant.

how and when to harvest black from tula tomatoes
How and When to Harvest Black from Tula Tomatoes? Black from Tula tomatoes take 80 to 85 days to ripen.

Final Conclusions

Growing black from Tula tomatoes is a unique experience because these tomatoes are quite different from other varieties. I always like to grow different varieties of tomatoes in my garden every year. Each tomato is different in taste and texture. I hope this article will be of great help and that you will have beautiful tomato plants.

About Henry Morgan

We are the Morgans, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.