Paul Robeson - Heirloom Tomato
This beautiful purple-black beefsteak is a modern heirloom from Siberia. Named for the famous opera singer, Paul Robeson. It won't sing for you, but does almost everything else. Known for its smoky, earth flavor, it's on most Top Ten Lists. It's a perfect slicer and is dense enough for canning as well.
A good choice for short season climates, it sets fruit in cool temps, but still delivers that rich complex flavor that black tomatoes are known for. Half pound. fruits have a deep dark interior and rich flavor. Indeterminate 74 days.
Thoroughly moisten your seed-starting mix, and then fill your pots/containers to within 1/2" of the top.
Place two or three seeds into each small container or each cell of a seed starter. Cover the seed with about 1/4" of soil.
Water to ensure good seed-to-mix contact. You can use a plant mister or just dribble a stream of water over the top. You don't need to soak the soil, just moisten the top layer.
(You don't want to heavily water and "push" seeds to deep that they can't germinate.)
Keep the mix moist but not soaking wet. Lay some plastic kitchen wrap and a rubber band over pots to keep in heat and moisture.
Place the pots in a warm, sunny spot or on top of a heat mat. (Seeds won't germinate until the soil itself is 75-80 degrees.)
Check pots daily. As soon as you see sprouts, remove the covering and place the pots in a sunny window or under grow lights, keeping the lights just an inch or two above the tops of the plants.