The Cosmonaut Volkov Tomato is a treasured Ukrainian heirloom.
Early season large 4 in. red fruit with sweet rich full bodied flavor. Underestimated variety, much earlier, incredibly productive and tastier than many others. Old time flavor with a sharp edge.
Disease resistant, does well in cold summers or poor soils, yet produces well in hot weather. Unusually large tomatoes for an early season variety.
From Dniepropetrousk, Ukraine and named after their first Cosmonaut.
Indoors: 6 - 8 weeks before last frost sow 1/4" deep and keep soil evenly moist at 60- 70 degrees F. When the second set of leaves appears, transplant seedlings to individual pots.
Harden off 2 weeks before setting out, when weather is fully warm, in a spot with at least 8 hours of sun daily. Plant seedlings up to 2" under the first leaves, at least 3' apart. Water deeply and well in dry weather.
Outdoors: Sow as above, directly in site when weather is warm.
These grew beautiful fruit, darker red inside than any other home grown tomatoes I have seen. Wonderful intense tomato flavor. We started them indoors in March because we are a Zone 5, and by July most of them were done. Next year I will stagger the planting more for continual yield. The only trouble I had with them was pests/slugs would get to some of them before I did. That is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. Also, I had excellent germination rate!