From Tatiana's TOMATOBase
Jump to: navigation, search

Maturity midseason
Growth habit indet.
Leaf type regular, wispy
Fruit color pink
Fruit shape heart
Fruit size medium
Fruit type slicer, paste, cooking
Variety type open-pollinated, commercial
Country Russia
Tatiana Kouchnareva (B.C KO T). Tsar-Kolokol - ripe fruit. 2013-07-26.


Compact indet. plants with a fair yield of pink heart-shaped fruits. Fruits have dense and meaty flesh and very few seeds which is typical for heart-shaped varieties. 7-18 oz. Excellent sweet flavor. Early to mid-season.

Seed source:

1. Andrey Baranovski of Minsk, Belarus (BELR BA A) 07
2. Tom Galluchi, Connecticul 10 / Susan Anderson of Elgin, Texas (TX AN S) 09 / Carolyn Male of Salem, New York (NY MA C) 07

Year grown: 2007(1), 2013

Location: Zone 7b, PNW, Anmore, BC, Canada (760 ft above sea level)


75-80 days, compact indet., regular leaf/wispy foliage, with an average yield of 5-12 oz. raspberry pink hearts, superb sweet and rich flavor, a new favorite.

Seed source:

Carolyn Male of Salem, New York (NY MA C) 07

Year grown:

Location: Elgin, Texas


  • Non-commercial variety from Siberia, Russia.
  • Introduced to SSE by Carolyn Male of NY (NY MA C) in 2008, who also observed smaller fruit (5-11 oz).
  • This is the original description supplied by Andrey Baranovski of Minsk, Belarus, who also shared the seed with many North American tomato growers at Tomatoville:
...midseason, semi-det. (80-120 cm high) with a good yield of dark-red, heart shaped, meaty 300-700 g fruits, very good flavour, disease tolerant. Siberian amateurish variety.

Also known as

Russian name: Царь-Колокол

The name can be translated as "Tsar of Bells" and refers to the largest existing Bell which cracked while it was still in the casting pit in 1737. The Tsar of Bells is 19 ft high and weighs 440,000 lb, and is now displayed in the Moscow Kremlin (see [1]). Obviously the name refers to the tomato fruit shape, which resembles a bell.

Description in Russian

  • "Один из лучших сортов любительской селекции. Плоды вытянутой формы, темно-красные. Достоинства сорта: крупные плоды (от 400 до 700гр и выше) при довольно ранних сроках созревания в сочетании с низкорослым кустом (80-100см). отличные вкусовые качества мясистых сладких плодов. Сорт достаточно устойчив ко многим заболеваниям, а также к неблагоприятным погодным условиям. Выращивается в открытом грунте и пленочных укрытиях. Куст мощный."

Picture Gallery

Order seeds from Tatiana's TOMATObase Seed Shop

Seed Availability

Year Commercial Vendors Seed Savers Yearbook (Member listings) Seeds of Diversity (Member listings)
2018 . .
2017 . .
2016 . .
2015 . .
2014 Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds - new . .
2013 Delectation of Tomatoes - new
Double Helix Farms
Knapp's Fresh Vegies
2 .
2012 Double Helix Farms 1 0
2011 Knapp's Fresh Vegies - new 0 0
2010 2 .
2009 1 .
2008 1 .
2007 0 .

Click here to order seeds from Tatiana's TOMATObase Seed Shop

You can buy Tsar-Kolokol seeds at Tatiana's TOMATObase Seed Shop.

By buying our seeds you help us to maintain and improve Tatiana's TOMATObase website, and to preserve many endangered open-pollinated varieties.

The proceeds from seed sales and donations are our only source of funding at this time.

Thank you so much for your support!


Personal tools

Contributors, Partners, and Breeders
NEW 2018 Tatiana's Seed Catalog
Informational Database
Reports and Other Resources
User Contributions