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To date, these are the nicest tasting tomatoes I've grown. I think the bats also like them though. :-(
I'm on a mission to find the nicest-tasting-and-will-grow-in-Queensland tomato. I'm a self-confessed tomato snob though, so my standards are pretty high!

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Comment by Scarlett on August 2, 2012 at 21:24

oops! i just realised that I've misnamed all my photos of my Black Russians - for some reason I called them Green Zebras. Very slack!

Comment by Scarlett on August 2, 2012 at 21:17

I got mine at Bunnings too - am pleased they have an heirloom/ open pollinated line these days :)
i know what you mean about the staking and the breaking branches - especially the main stem of the fruit spur :(
i tried leaving some of them sitting on the mulched ground, but they were eaten by slugs and some of those got rot - not many though, they're pretty resistant.

i love their shine - it looks like they've been polished, but they come like this straight off the bush

also i found the flesh very fleshy and the seed part small and not very runny = good!

and the flavour is really deep and aromatic. great tomatoes.
I had some split - but not much/ many/ badly - we went away for a couple of weeks and I gave them a soak when i came back because they were looking rough: so it was to be expected I guess. I think they are reasonably resistant - although like any tomato, the trick is to keep the water up to them so that when it rains heavily they aren't fazed

Comment by Robert Tolmaci on August 2, 2012 at 20:50

Thank you, maybe not for me.

Comment by Tracy Arnold on August 2, 2012 at 10:18

No, that's what has really surprised me about these toms.  Pretty much every tomato I have grown has split, but even though we had oodles of rain, these guys came through just fine.  (My beds are raised, which helps).  I even went away for a month and left them to look after themselves, which I think was probably the trick.  Things seem to do better when I'm not involved!

Comment by Joseph on August 2, 2012 at 9:33

Oops, typo. I mean "they don't like being subjected to..."

Comment by Joseph on August 2, 2012 at 9:33

Do you grow them under cover? My efforts with black tomatoes so far have resulted in split fruit. They don't being subjected to heavy rain, which we seem to get once every couple of months.

Comment by Tracy Arnold on August 2, 2012 at 8:53

These were grown from seedlings which I bought on a whim at Bunnings.  Glad I did.  They are not bushy ones though I'm afraid Robert, and they require a LOT of staking as the fruit gets so heavy the branches break (as I found out the hard way!).  

Comment by Robert Tolmaci on August 1, 2012 at 21:08

They look divine. Where did you get your seeds. What is their growth habit. I also am trying to find the 'nicest-tasting-and-will-grow-in-Queensland tomato' for my raised garden bed. I hope they are more bushy and not to tall as I am looking for compact habit.

Comment by Joseph on August 1, 2012 at 20:24

Wow, these look good! I'm growing black krim seedlings at the moment. I would be happy if mine turned out half as good as these.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 30, 2012 at 16:35

Mmm! Mine died :-( so I'll never know. I have the seeds of a Green Zebra, said to be scrumptious (aren't they all?) giving it a whirl next autumn. The will-grow-locally is a tough act ... in autumn-winter the full-sized ones will succeed usually, but in the warmer months it's usually the small-fruited varieties which stand up to the heat better. But micro-climate is all.

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