The Black Krim tomato is a very tasty tomato that is appreciated all over the world. This tomato is a beefsteak tomato, ideal for sandwiches or salads, due to its pleasant aroma and flavor. Do you want to know the right time to harvest Black Krim tomatoes? Continue reading to find out how and when to harvest Black Krim tomatoes.
Black Krim tomatoes come from the Crimean Peninsula. The story goes that in the 19th century soldiers who had been in Crimea brought the seeds of these tomatoes to their homes and from there this tasty tomato was distributed all over the world. Nowadays, quality seeds of Black Krim tomatoes are readily available in several stores.
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When Black Krim Tomatoes Are Ripe
Black Krim tomatoes are ripe 80 to 90 days after transplanting. The skin of a ripe Black Krim tomato will be soft and tender. You will also notice that the fruits will be purple-brown. Count the days of ripening and watch your Black Krim tomato seedlings to see the ripening process.
One way to check for ripeness is to gently press the tomato with your finger. If it gives slightly but still feels firm, then it is likely ready to be harvested. Another way to check is to look at the bottom of the tomato where it connects to the vine. If the area around the stem begins to turn brown or yellow, this is another sign that the tomato is ripe.
When to Harvest Black Krim Tomatoes
Black Krim tomatoes are normally ready to harvest 80 to 90 days after planting. Tomato ripening days may vary depending on growing conditions such as irrigation and sun. That is why it is important not only to count the days of ripening to know the right time to harvest Black Krim tomatoes.
Note the skin of the Black Krim tomatoes, the skin should be tender and soft. You will also notice that Black Krim tomatoes will become darker in color as they ripen. Black Krim tomatoes that receive a lot of hours of sun will ripen more than those that receive less sun daily.
So, to know when to harvest Black Krim tomatoes you should count the days of ripening, observe the skin of the tomatoes, and finally the color of the tomatoes. By observing these three tomato characteristics you will be able to harvest tasty tomatoes.
How to Harvest Black Krim Tomatoes
Harvesting Black Krim tomatoes is very easy but never pull the tomatoes by hand to avoid damaging the plant. Use a tool such as a knife or scissors to cut the stem of the tomato to avoid damaging the plant. Disinfect tools with alcohol before harvesting tomatoes.
Approximately one Black Krim tomato plant will provide you with up to 30 tomatoes until the end of production. That is why it is important to harvest the tomatoes with tools and not damage the plant to continue production for as long as possible.
You can also pick the tomatoes a little earlier and let them ripen at room temperature, but they are tastier if they ripen on the plant. Once harvested this variety of tomatoes should be consumed as soon as possible because they do not last long. I usually harvest these tomatoes the same day or the day before consumption.
How Tall Do Black Krim Tomatoes Grow
Black Krim tomatoes are indeterminate plants, which means they will continue to grow and produce fruit until cold kills them. As a result, if given the correct growing conditions, they can reach pretty astounding heights.
Black Krim tomato plants can grow up to 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 m) tall on average, but under optimal conditions, they can grow even taller. The plant’s height is determined by factors such as soil quality, water availability, temperature, and the quantity of sunlight it receives.
To support the growth of Black Krim tomato plants, give them a robust trellis or stake to help support their weight and keep them from falling over. You can also trim the plant by eliminating suckers that develop between the main stem and the branches, which will direct the plant’s energy into fruit production and result in larger, tastier tomatoes.
Black Krim tomatoes ripening on the vine will be more flavorful than those ripening off the vine. This is why the timing of harvesting Black Krim tomatoes is important.
I hope this article about how and when to harvest Black Krim tomatoes will be helpful. If you are a tomato lover, I recommend you to read our article about how to grow Brandywine tomatoes in containers.