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Tomato 'Black Zebra'     

Solanum lycopersicum

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Black Zebra is a variety of Tomato which is a member of the Solanum family. Its botanical name is Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Zebra'. 'Black Zebra' is considered a OP (open polliated) cultivar. Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Painter yellow. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Brown and   Rifle green. Leaves usually appear in   Ao green colour.

A natural and stabilized cross between a Green Zebra tomato and a black tomato. Sometimes called an heirloom, but because of its rather recent introduction, is in fact not a true heirloom (much like its cousin the Green Zebra).


Beautiful dark red to black fruits streaked with green, this is a sure point of interest in a vegetable garden. It’s a vigorous grower that produces many 4 oz fruits

Indeterminate plant, vigorous, prolific producer, with good disease resistance.

A type of Fruit, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Black Zebra is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (3.90 feet).

United States is believed to be where Black Zebra originates from.

Black Zebra Tomato is normally fairly low maintenance and 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 Zebra have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Black Zebra

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Suitable for container gardening.

Black Zebra likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Black Zebra is generally regarded as a tender plant, 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 Zebra needs a loamy soil with a ph of 5.0 to 6.0 (moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil).

Growing Black Zebra from seed

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). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 12°C / 54°F.

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

Transplanting Black Zebra

Transplant out when around 15cm (6 inches) high.

Plant to first leaves to promote strong roots.

Black Zebra is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Black Zebra

Ripe tomatoes will be dark red with green stripes.

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid summer.

Black Zebra folklore & trivia

Developed by Jeff Dawson of Sebastopol, California, from a natural cross of Green Zebra. Jeff offered it commercially in 2000 through his seed company, Grandview Farms Tomato Seeds.

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