Ukrainian Purple Tomato
- 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
(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.
Ratings & Reviews
One of my favorite heirlooms
by Kazimir DeWolfe
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
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.