Indigenous to the Isle of Krim in the Black Sea, black krim heirloom tomatoes are dark-colored, large and flavorful. They grow to between 4 and 6 feet in height and, like most tomatoes, require full sun for optimum fruit production. Black krim tomatoes will ripen approximately 70 to 80 days after germination and can be eaten raw or cooked.
Scoop into individual cell packs enough compost to fill each to within 1/4 inch of the top.
Place the cell packs into an irrigation tray, and pour warm water into the tray. Let the cell packs soak up the moisture until the compost is visibly well moistened.
Plant one to two black krim tomato seeds in each individual cell. Sprinkle over each seed approximately 1/2 inch of compost. Tamp down the soil over the seeds.
Set the tray containing the cell packs into a 65 to 70 degree F location. Your black krim tomato seeds should begin sprouting in seven to 14 days.
Keep the compost moist, but do not allow the soil to become sodden wet. When your black krim tomato seedlings are about 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall, they are ready to transplant into your planting area.
Turn over the soil in the planting area to a depth of about 10 to 12 inches. Use a rototiller if you have one, or a shovel or garden fork.
Spread out over your planting area a 3- to 4-inch layer of aged manure, compost, rotted leaves or peat moss. Mix the organic amendment into the soil thoroughly.
Scatter over your planting area a non-ammonia based, granular fertilizer such as 8-32-16 or 6-24-24. Spread it at a rate of 1/2 pound to 50 square feet of planting area. Use your shovel or garden fork to work the fertilizer into the top 6 inches of the soil.
Create planting holes for your black krim tomato seedlings that are spaced between 24 and 36 inches apart.
Pop out a seedling by pushing up from the base of a cell. Set the seedling into one of the planting holes. Scoop in garden soil around each of your tomato seedlings until the holes are full.
Add 2 tbsp. starter fertilizer, such as 10-52-17 or 15-30-15, to 1 gallon of water, and mix thoroughly. Water each of your seedlings.
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Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on gardenguides.com. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.