Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Black
Flesh Color: Black
Fruit Shape: Beefsteak
Flattened Globe
Fruit Size: Large
Fruit Weight: 8 oz.
Leaf Type: Regular-Leaf
Tomato Plant Height: 6 feet
Best Uses: Slicing
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Mid-season
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: Green/Brown shoulders
Country: Ukraine

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Provide darkness
Days to germinate: 3-5
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inches-1/2 inches
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.
Child plants: one child plant

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of 'Black Krim'.

Common names
  • Tomato
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Solanum lycopersicum
  • Synonym: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Also sold as:
  • Noire de Crimee
  • Black Crimean

Photo Gallery
Photo by Anderwood
Photo by Paul2032

Courtesy Annie's Heirloom Seeds
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-08-07
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-08-07
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: Spring 2008
Black Krim weighing in at 1.1 lbs.
Location: My Garden in Janesville, WI
Date: 2015-08-06
Photo by janwax
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2016-04-23
Location: Flowery Branch, GA
Date: 2018-07-10
First tomato - 8-Jun-2018 7.44 oz
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-21
Young plant.

Date: 2017-08-07
Location: Mackinaw, IL
Date: Aug 9, 2011 1:22 PM
Produced many small, glossy fruits.
Location: Philo, California
Date: 2015-04-07
Black Krim in our small greenhouse. My favorite tomato!

photo credit: Johnh
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-08-22
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2020-04-26
Location: Mackinaw, IL
Date: Aug 9, 2011 1:22 PM
Three chambers, more greenish inside than outside.

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
  • Uploaded by vic

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
  • Uploaded by vic

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2016-04-23
Photo by Anderwood

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2015-07-25

Date: 2015-07-20

Date: 6-21-15
Location: MN
Date: 7-8-15
Location: Victory Seed Company - Liberal, OR
Image used courtesy of the Victory Seed Company
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  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Mar 24, 2021 3:38 PM concerning plant:
    Purplish beefsteak, doesn't climb well, really late, bland taste, scant yield. Plus the odd coloring puts me off.
  • Posted by mom2goldens (Carmel, IN - Zone 5b) on Sep 19, 2014 6:56 PM concerning plant:
    I've grown this tomato twice--love the rich, smoky flavor. It is not the most productive plant in my garden, but seemed to do better in a cooler/rainier summer than a hot/dry summer. The plant was strong and was one of my earliest producers. Fruit was a good size, and very meaty. This rates high among my choices for black tomatoes.
  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Sep 27, 2011 10:46 PM concerning plant:
    2011 was my first year growing this tomato. I've liked other black tomatoes, and heard good reviews about Black Krim. It was smaller than I expected, but had the smoky, rich flavor I was looking for.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 13, 2013 2:46 PM concerning plant:
    I thought the flavor of this tomato was excellent. I would like the plant to have set more fruit than it did. However fruits are much too prone to splitting and cracking for me. Will not be growing it again.
  • Posted by Claudia (Greencastle IN - Zone 5b) on Mar 1, 2014 12:24 PM concerning plant:
    We grew this one for the first time in 2013. We loved the flavor and it produced well for us. Would grow it again.
  • Posted by Paul2032 ( Utah - Zone 5b) on Aug 9, 2018 9:50 AM concerning plant:
    I grow tomatoes for sandwiches and salads, and to give away. This is my second year with Black Krim, I still like it, and it will be back another year. Nice large tomatoes, fairly productive numbers-wise. Often oddly shaped. I sometimes have a hard time knowing when to pick it when it is at its prime. I'm also growing Black From Tula and find them quite similar.
Plant Events from our members
p1mkw On April 29, 2010 Transplanted
p1mkw On March 14, 2010 Plant emerged
p1mkw On March 10, 2010 Seeds sown
gwbuck On March 24, 2017 Seeds germinated
First seed germinated. Several more followed the next day
gwbuck On March 17, 2017 Seeds sown
Planted 6-12 seeds in small cardboard pots in 1/4 inch of sterile potting soil.
AndreA33 On May 15, 2017 Transplanted
antsinmypants On May 12, 2022 Transplanted
Into Garden Two
antsinmypants On March 16, 2022 Plant emerged
3 seedlings have emerged.
antsinmypants On March 14, 2022 Plant emerged
2 seedlings emerged.
antsinmypants On March 13, 2022 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights on heat mat.

4 seeds.
antsinmypants On May 25, 2021 Transplanted
Into Garden two
antsinmypants On March 17, 2021 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On March 10, 2021 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights
aspenhill On May 4, 2020 Obtained plant
Black Creek Greenhouse - qty 1
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