Lycopersicon lycopersicum 72 days IndeterminateThis 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.
- Cosmonaut Volkov Tomato
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