Moskvich Pole Tomato Seeds


This packet yields approximately 16 plants when started inside.
3.4444444444444 out of 5 stars
(9 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
'Moskvich' translates to "inhabitant of Moscow", paying homage to the area where it was bred in the early 1970s (more information inside packet). After a winter without homegrown tomatoes, it will be the first one you will harvest, as it withstands cool weather. At the end of the hot summer when temperatures cool off, it is the last to slow down in production of full-size, garden-fresh fruit.
$2.69 20 seeds

Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum

Days to Maturity: 75–80 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Andes

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: Vines up to 6' or longer

Variety Information: Globe-shaped, 4–6 oz. fruits are deep red. Plants are more cold tolerant than other tomato varieties. 'Moskvich' is an indeterminate type tomato developed in the early 1970s at the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry near St. Petersburg, Russia.

Type: Indeterminate, Slicer (Learn more)

Attributes: Cold Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: For mild climates only: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting. Transplant when air temperature is 45°F or warmer, usually 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–90°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"–36"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"–36"

Harvesting: 'Moskvich' tomatoes are at the peak of sun-ripened deliciousness when red, and have a slight give when gently squeezed.

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Moskvich Pole Tomato Seeds Reviews

9 reviews

High Hopes

2 out of 5 stars May 19, 2020
Living in Montana, I was very excited to see a tomato variety that could handle a little cold. I started them indoors along with several other varieties. I'm not sure what I did wrong -- the other varieties are all much happier and I didn't treat them any different. Same medium, same grow lights, same watering. These guys were spindly and slow growing. I've just transplanted the two best outside with protection, but I'm not very hopeful of their survival. Meanwhile, my cherry tomato starts are a foot taller and lush.
Melissa from MT
Owner Response: Hi Melissa, Hang in there. It isn't unusual for different cultivars of tomatoes to vary in appearance when they are young. Generally speaking, they hit the ground running and catch up with gusto!


5 out of 5 stars Aug 31, 2020
These tomatoes have a wonderful flavor and are plentiful but, I had a problem with them splitting.
Wendy Klemetsrud from SD
Owner Response: Hi Wendy, If you pick tomatoes at their "breaker stage" when they are half colored and ripen them inside you can avoid splitting and pest damage. At this point the stem scar is complete and the fruit is no longer getting anything from the plant so the flavor isn't impacted by ripening them indoors. Also picking them ahead of rain or irrigation can also help with splitting. We hope that helps!

Poor Performance

2 out of 5 stars Sep 21, 2020
These plants grew very well, they are large and healthy in appearance. The tomatoes, however, are small. I have yet to have one get larger than 3 inches in diameter. Most are 1-2 inches in diameter. They have good flavor, but they are definitely not beefsteak tomatoes. Since the plant is healthy and the other tomatoes that I have grown are performing as promised, I do not know what has happened with this variety.
Alisha Eno from CO
Owner Response: Hi Alisha, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. These are 4- to 6-ounce tomatoes that are not expected to reach beefsteak size, but you can expect a small-medium sized tomato.


5 out of 5 stars Dec 14, 2020
I had great success with this variety and I think it deserves better than mediocre ratings. The flavor is rich and delicious both fresh and cooked. The plants are prolific and fruits did not split or crack. I am planning on devoting more of my garden space to Moskvich tomatoes next year!
Heather R Morgan from OR


1 out of 5 stars Dec 29, 2020
These were the only tomatoes that failed me this year. They were grown under the same conditions as all of the other tomatoes we grew from seed (all from Botanical Interests), and these were spindly and almost all of them died. Those that survived were the last to ripen and tasted fine, but nothing to write home about.
Ariel from OR
Owner Response: Hi Ariel, We are sorry that this tomato didn't perform well for you. A customer service agent will be contacting you to help.

Great tasting tomato for Pacific Northwest

5 out of 5 stars Jan 6, 2021
I grew three Moscovitch last summer. They were super-vigorous, heavy bearing, rich and delicious. The medium-sized tom's were the last to stop bearing in the fall. I froze many of them whole and the skins peel off cleanly with a rinse of warm water.
LInda from WA

Grew in a whiskey barrel on my deck

5 out of 5 stars Apr 11, 2021
I really liked this tomato and I'm here to order another packet of seeds. It grew well, produced 3" fruits that were sweet and delicious. I used them for fresh slicers and roasted them too.
Becky from OR

Spindly starts

1 out of 5 stars Mar 29, 2022
So far in agreement with the other reviewers who said they're starts were spindly and underwhelming in comparison to other varieties started at the same time and under the same conditions. Hesitant to even give them space in my garden but I will give them a chance. Fingers crossed!
Carmen from CA
Owner Response: Hi Carmen, These heirlooms will catch up in time. Happy gardening!

One of my fav varities

5 out of 5 stars Aug 25, 2022
I had zero issues starting or growing this variety. Great success with early, tasty tomatoes. Heavy bearing plants.
Rebecca from CO

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