Ukrainian Purple Tomato

Solanum lycopersicum | SKU: 1234
10 Reviews
$3.75 to $16.25
  • Plum-shaped fruits are purple-red
  • Fruits grow to 3-4 inches long and 6 ounces
  • Flavorful, sweet, meaty flesh
  • Resistant to cracking
  • Very productive
  • Indeterminate - Fruit ripens throughout the season
  • 80 days from transplant
  • ±11,800 seeds/oz

$3.75 to $16.25

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Item Details

(aka Purple Russian) Original stock of this variety came from Irma Henkel in Ukraine. Plum-shaped fruits are 3-4" long and weigh 6 ounces, generally crack-free. Great flavor, sweet and meaty. Plants are very productive. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant. ±11,800 seeds/oz.

Learn to Grow Ukrainian Purple Tomato

Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost

Germination: 7-14 Days

Plant Outdoors: 24-36” Apart

Support: Cage, stake, or trellis

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Tomatoes are sensitive to freezing temperatures, so wait to transplant outdoors until the soil is warm. Plant in full sun.

One of my favorite heirlooms

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I bought Ukrainian Purple seeds from Seed Savers 5 years ago, and I've grown them a few times and saved the seeds. Excellent producers of good size lovely purple paste tomatoes. They taste delicious both sliced fresh and cooked.

Ours are prone to leaf curl, but they go on to produce many heavy fruit even if they get stressed early in the season.

My kid loves growing and eating them.

Stressed and split

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Zone 5b IL. I wanted to love this one! I planted about 7 plants of this variety. Every Ukrainian purple plant looked stressed (compared to the others in my garden) but did not seem to do better with more or less water. The fruits were all different shapes and sizes until late summer when most of them grew the shape as shown in the photo. Flavor is good, but all of the fruits split before ripening completely. Great for sauce and juice. Excellent germination rate but I will not be planting this one next year, maybe in other conditions.

Great flavor like a big Cherokee Purple, in a one-person size.

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Zone 6-planted these for the first time last year and they were picture perfect and delicious-flavor was good as my Cherokee Purples, and for me they are a better size. Very productive in a raised bed that gets a lot of afternoon shade. I've already planted seeds again for this year.

wilts in heat

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Maryland 7a
Set fruit earlier than I expected. Does NOT do well with direct sun or heat. I have set up a shade for this plant. Admittedly, I am in a new yard and did not realize how punishing the heat is there, this is an urban yard with a lot of reflected heat. I just learned that this variety withstands 40F temperatures, so I think it is meant to withstand cold, not heat. I am using a 20% shade cloth that is higher than the plants, not touching them.
I gave my neighbor a plant and theirs receives much more shade and is doing much better.

Update- Amazing taste

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update to my earlier review-
This tomatoes from this plant were the most incredible tasting tomatoes I have ever had, and I have had a lot of amazing heirloom tomatoes.
The plant itself was a bit of diva and I did not get a bumper crop from the plant, but every time I ate one of these tomatoes I thought- yep, that's why people grow this tomato.
Seriously- the taste was incredible.
I might grow it again in a shady area to see if it does better there.

I wish they turned out better

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Zone 9b. Plant originally grew well, but yield was poor and all tomatoes split. The ones that I was able to eat were very tasty, but maybe not the best for my zone

Brutal

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Listen to me. I've grown dozens & dozens of varieties over the years. This is by far the worst tomato I have ever grown. Grown in central Jersey. I grew a few in pots and a few in the garden soil. I even gave two to a friend in a pot in a different town. Every single plant had gangly branches with curled up leaves. Every fruit had a split ring around the top. I kept up with watering, and then scaled back watering to see if that helped. nothing worked. Every other tomato plant i grew flourished, except this one. Very puzzling.

Best Flavor Ever

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Best tasting tomato I have ever had, and I usually try a couple different varieties every year. There is some splitting but the flavor is worth it.

Amazing taste

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I grew these last year and have to say that they are one of the best tasting tomatoes I have ever had. I did plant it where it got some afternoon shade and had no issues with growing.

The sweetest, juiciest tomato

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The sweetest, juiciest tomato in my garden. They can split, but this was a household favorite!