Cosmonaut Volkov Tomato

Lycopersicon lycopersicum          72 days     Indeterminatecosmo 2013 1000 by 750This red, medium-sized slicing tomato was developed in the Ukraine in the 1960s. The product of Soviet-era, intensive plant breeding, Cosmonaut Volkov stands out among the many Russian heirloom tomatoes available today. The flavor is superb and it is very productive. Named after a famous Russian cosmonaut who was killed upon reentry in his Soyuz capsule. This tomato is classified as an indeterminate variety, but reaches only 5′ in height and is quite manageable. The fruits are a vibrant red, slightly oblate and 3″-6″ in diameter. Fairly uniform and resists cracking. The flavor can be described as very rich, with the right balance of sweet and acid. Excellent for fresh-eating and processing.

Sow seeds indoors 6 weeks before transplanting into your garden. Space 3″ apart in rows at least 3′ apart. Tomatoes need good air movement to help control disease. I always mulch my tomatoes with straw. This helps to keep the soil evenly moist and keeps dirt from splashing up onto the leaves. Caging or trellising is crucial and I strongly recommend not using the round wire cages found in garden centers. These are perfectly suitable for peppers but not for heirloom tomatoes which can tend to sprawl or grow very vigorously. I suggest investing in a few steel t-posts and twine to create a moveable strong trellising system. The absolute best advice I can give for successfully growing tomatoes in Northern Indiana is to not plant too early. I NEVER plant field tomatoes until the last week of May. Tomatoes put in cold ground are not going to grow or develop roots until the soil warms.

Seed Saving: Isolate varieties of L. lycopersicum by 35′ for home use, 50′-150′ for pure seed.

Cosmonauts in the field

Cosmonauts in the field

Cosmonaut setting fruit

Cosmonaut setting fruit

For sale at stand

For sale at stand

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Cosmonaut Volkov Tomato
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2 Responses to Cosmonaut Volkov Tomato

  1. Pam says:

    Hello.
    My name is Pam. I am interested in Cosmonaut Volkov tomato seeds and pepper seeds to grow here in Elkhart.
    I would be happy to come by and purchase seeds, as I prefer not to pay a shipping fee.
    Would that be possible?
    It was great finding your site online. Thankyou.

    • John Sherck says:

      Yes, I can put together some seed for you to pick up. I also have
      Italian Heirloom Tomatoes, Stupice and Paquebot. By way of peppers
      I have Early Jalapeno and King of the North green bell. All packets
      are $3.00 each. Let me know and I will put together your order.

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