Lilac Lake (Sirenevoe Ozero)
- Grown, sold, and described by Bunny Hop Seeds
- Plant growth: indeterminate
- Leaf type: regular leaf
- Time to maturity: midseason
- Approx. number of seeds per pack: 20
- Germination tested after Hot Water Seed Treatment for Fungal and Bacterial Diseases
“Sirenevoe Ozero,” (Сиреневое Озеро) translated from Russian to “Lilac Lake,” sets gorgeous deep purple-black perfect beefsteak tomatoes. It makes lovely slices on the plate, while the sweet meat and very tart gel make for great fresh eating or cooking. I previously sold this variety under the name “Lavender Lake,” because I had been told at the time that “Lavender” was the correct translation. My favorite tomato database also supports “Lavender Lake” as the translation from Russian. Since then, I have been informed by several sources that “Lilac” is the correct translation, and I have found this myself from the Cyrillic “Сиреневое Озеро” translation, so I am trying to represent the breeder’s name choice as correctly as possible. It is thought that this was originally a Bulgarian tomato; however, this has not been verified, and the seeds were distributed by Russian private vendors.
The first year that I grew Lilac Lake, I harvested only one fruit. I started it too late, and we hit very high temps that year in May (I remember heat indices above 125F). Since then, I have grown it in more favorable conditions, and Lilac Lake has proven itself to be a very productive variety. In fact, this year I actually grew Lilac Lake in the shade, and it still produced more fruits than the average beefsteak-type tomato normally does for me. Because of this, Lilac Lake retains my high favor and will continue to be carried by Bunny Hop Seeds.
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