Black Zebra Cherry Tomato is a hybrid, indeterminate cherry tomato variety with a red burgundy exterior and green stripes. This variety is a stabilized cross between a black tomato and a green zebra tomato. These cherry tomatoes have a dark red, almost mahogany interior. Prolific plants produce heavy yields of 3 to 4 oz tomatoes that are great eaten directly off the vine. If they do make it inside, they make a great fresh salad tomato. Black Zebra Cherry Tomato has a rich flavor and deep complexity characteristic of darker-colored tomatoes. This is a great variety to grow on a panel trellis in the garden, but also makes a great patio variety. It can even be grown in a hanging basket with the vines allowed to dangle.
Tomatoes are in the nightshade family along with peppers and eggplant. Plants in the nightshade family are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is a result of a calcium deficiency. To prevent or alleviate this problem, apply pelleted gypsum at the base of the plant at bloom set. Tomatoes do best when transplanted, as the germination time can be longer than most vegetable seed. They grow very well in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Plants should be started 4-6 weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.
If conditions outside are favorable, transplants may be planted directly from our 162 cell trays. If conditions are still too cold for planting tomatoes, transplants may be “stepped-up” to 4″ pots to allow more room to grow. Tomatoes can produce heavy fruits and will require some form of support to keep the plant upright. This ensures that plants and fruits stay off the ground, reducing the possibility of disease and keeping fruits clean.
Black Zebra Cherry Tomato Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 2′
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 75
Disease Tolerance: None