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Is anyone growing Black Russian tomatoes this year outdoors? I had 3 died, one has just 3 fruits still green, one has a few more fruits but are also still green and many of them seem to start getting brown manky spots on them either at the top or mainly the bottom so I removed those as they clearly weren't going to turn into a lovely ripe tomato!

Is the variety just tricky to grow (this is my first year ever growing tomatoes) or are they just a heritage variety for a good reason - because they're crap!?

I also have gardeners delight and a variety of medium sized tomato my Nan gave me as a seedling which could be anything but all 4 of those plants are growing well and giving me fruit for the last few weeks so I don't think I'm treating them any different to the Black Russians.  


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,985

    i grew them last year. They suffered blossom end rot which none of the others did. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,974

    Black Russian is one of my favourite toms and grow them every year - a lovely complex smokey flavour and an almost mahogany skin.

    I have one in the g/house and one outside. They're both ok. All toms are still green at the mo.
    Don't know why you may be having problems, but the lack of fruit maybe down to poor pollination.
    My Sungold have trusses with up to 36 fruits per truss, but the BR has 3-4 per truss as they sometimes get very big.

    Hopefully a tomato expert will be along shortly..

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    They have a wonderful flavour, but I won't grow them again because they rot before they are ripe all over.  Such a shame.

  • Emma41Emma41 Posts: 33

    Seems like the rot is a common theme then, I won't bother with them another year :-) Glad it's nothing in particular that I'm doing wrong.I was ever so impressed with the gardeners delight though being a first time grower....they came through drought, battering storm force winds, torrential rain and now sun again and produced really good fruit. 

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