Russian HEIRLOOM Indeterminate. This variety came to the US with Russian immigrants. Fast growing plants produce quantities of one pound, teardrop shaped fruit in clusters of 2 or 3. The flavor is sweet and fruit is quite early. Color ranges from dark pink to red. 20 seeds
Indoors- 6 weeks before last frost, 1/4” deep with soil temperatures 75 degrees. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant out 24-36” apart after last frost when soil is 55-60 degrees and night temperatures are over 45 degrees.
Harvest- When fruit is red (or color of the variety planted) and firm.
Tips- Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost, mulch and provide even moisture. Plant deeper than they were growing in the containers as it makes a stronger roots system. Apply a light compost tea every few weeks. Do not apply excessive nitrogen, which can promote excessive foliage and poor fruit set.