(a.k.a. Ann Russian or Anne Russian) (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) 65-80 days A wonderful heirloom tomato variety from Brenda Hillenius of Oregon who’s grandfather had obtained seeds from a Russian immigrant many years ago. A typical oxheart variety with lovely wispy indeterminate vine plants, bearing small delicate foliage, often making the unsuspecting believe the plant is dead. The Anna Russian Heirloom Tomato sets forth numerous clusters of 2-3 delicious pink-red, oxheart shaped, crack-resistant, 8-16 oz. fruits, meaty and juicy, mild and sweet flavor with a hint of tang to it.
Planting Instructions for Anna Russian Tomato Seeds
Start Anna Russian Tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Plant the Tomato seeds ¼” deep in sterile seed starting mix. Germination occurs in 6-14 days in soil 70-90°F. Once true leaves develop, separate Heirloom / Open Pollinated Tomato plants into 3-4″ pots, placing in full light & cooler temps (60-70°F). Set out hardened off Anna Russian Tomato transplants, in full sun, once soil has warmed, 18-30″ apart, in rows 3-4′ apart. Plant tall, spindly Tomato seedlings deeper, the stems will sprout roots and support and strengthen the plant. To help prevent blossom end rot, put 1 Tbs of lime, ground oyster shells, or crushed eggshells at the bottom of your planting hole. The calcium will help build strong cell walls once your heirloom tomatoes plants start producing fruit. For strong Anna Russian tomato plants, add 1 Tbs of aged compost and 1 Tbs of bone meal to the bottom of the hole as well.