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Tomato 'Black Prince'        

Solanum lycopersicum

  • 48 plantings
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Black Prince is part of the Solanum genus and is a Tomato variety. Its scientific name is Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Prince'. 'Black Prince' is considered a heirloom OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Canary yellow and   Electric yellow and   Yellow. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.0 cm (that's 0.39 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Caput mortuum and   Pansy purple. Leaves appear approximately as a   British racing green and   Dark spring green colour.

This tomato was developed in the Siberian climate, making it an excellent choice for those wishing to grow tomatoes who live in the north and have shorter growing seasons.


Smallish 2" diameter fruits, with a notoriously rich and flavourful taste, it produces a steady crop all season long. Also a good tomato plant for container and patio gardens. Regular leaf.

A type of Fruit, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Black Prince is known for its Vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet). This variety tends to bloom in late summer.

Russia is believed to be where Black Prince originates from.

Black Prince Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Black Prince have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Black Prince

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Tomatoes need support and are generally trained as a cordon up a bamboo cane

Black Prince likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Black Prince is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 3 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Black Prince needs a loamy soil with a ph of 5.0 to 6.0 (moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil).

Growing Black Prince from seed

Seeds are long lives and germinate easily. Start off in early spring under glass or on a bright windowsill. Pot up and keep in good light

Start seeds indoors six weeks before last frost date.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 2.60 feet (80.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Black Prince about 42 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Black Prince

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high. And all danger of frost has passed

Plant to the first set of true leaves to promote strong root growth.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 15°C / 59°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Black Prince is a tender plant.

Harvesting Black Prince

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Black Prince folklore & trivia

Originally from Irkutsk, Russia in Siberia.

It says harvest time is Mid-Summer, but here in zone 10B, I have not had the best results growing Black Prince in the summer. I first tried growing this plant one summer in a 5 gallon container. It dried out too quickly each day or couple of days and was attacked by insects. I was still able to collect seeds from this plant despite the fact that it wasn’t the healthiest plant to save seeds from. All of the Black Prince plants that I’ve grown since, have been from those seeds. Amazingly, when planted in the fall or winter here, they grew well and didn’t have any bug attacks or disease. In fact, they did better after going through two frost attacks. They have a slightly chocolately look on the outside, but are really beautiful when cut. You still can see the chocolatey coloring with hints of purple and vivid reds and a little green. A feast for the eyes, but a real flavorful treat for your taste buds! Not a big tomato or a big producer, but definitely worth planting again and again!

Latest Tomato 'Black Prince' Reviews

  • Another delicious black tomato, with small to medium fruit and rich flavor. The plant has been healthy and productive, and the fruits have not cracked.

    5 stars

    anelson about growing tomato black prince
  • Very pretty vine and fruit. Not a lot of side vines but the main one grows tall. Really does like cold I think as it seemed to do better once fall hit (even here in 5b). Seemed disease resistant.2-4oz

    4 stars

    tash about growing Tomato-Black Prince

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