With a chart-topping smooth flavour and a famous name, these plump, egg-shaped, non-cracking fruits have deepest purple fruit, the dark skins being even darker at the tops. From the Ukraine, they obviously have very good cold tolerance, and are probably the best of all of the original heirloom 'black' tomatoes for keeping. (Cordon)
Seeds are surface-sown or covered only slightly. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Containers are held in warm conditions until sprouts appear, which may take anywhere from 3-10 days. Move sprouting plantings immediately to bright light conditions, such as a south-facing window. Inadequate light is a frequent cause of failure of young seedlings. At about the time of last frost, set out seedlings into pots.