This is a very early maturing variety, originally from Russia. The fruit is a flattened globe shape. The color is dark red/purple with green shoulders and a slight green tint on the inside. The fruit set in clusters of 5-6 fruit. The flavor has a wonderful acid balance. Similar in appearance to, but more exotic than, Prudens Purple, Organic Gardening raved about this one. Indeterminate. Approx. 75 to 90 days.
Cultural data: field planting
Growing season: Warm season
Days to maturity: 59-85 days
Germination relative to soil temperature: 70-85ºF.
Cultural information: Start indoors mid March. Plant ¼" deep. Transplant late May.
Seed count: Approx. 8700 sds/oz. or 139,200 sds/lb.
Projected seed usage: ½ oz./100 ft. rows 1-2 lb./acre.
Diseases and pests: Fusarium wilt and verticillium, Tomato blight, flea beetles and tomato hornworms.
Harvesting: To promote ripening of fruit, remove some of the newer branches.