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Tomato 'Black Prince'

Solanum lycopersicum

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.

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 growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

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.

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How to grow Tomato 'Black Prince'

  • Full Sun

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  • Medium

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

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.

Ensure that temperatures are mild 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.

Tomato 'Black Prince' information

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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

  • 22 Sep 2013
    Reviewed

    anelson anelson's tomato black prince was Reviewed day 203

    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

  • 15 Oct 2011
    Reviewed

    tash tash's Tomato-Black Prince was Reviewed day 217

    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

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