Cherokee Purple Tomato
- Open pollinated. 72 days from transplant. Heirloom.
- Rounded, medium-large tomatoes are a dark pinkish-purple in color.
- Striking flavor and growing ease make Cherokee Purple a good choice for the home or market gardener.
- This Southeastern heirloom matures easily and was rated best at a Corvallis, Oregon Farmers Market tasting.
- Reportedly grown by the Cherokee People more than 100 years ago.
Planting Directions: Plant seed indoors 6-8 weeks before transplanting in spring. Sow seed 1/2” deep in sterile starting soil, maintaining a soil temperature of 65? to 95?. Germinates in 6-10 days if soil is kept at 85°. When seedlings are 10 days old replant (if using seedling trays) into 2” or 4” pots. Transplant outdoors when soil temperatures are at least 70? in well drained soil enriched with organic matter or a general purpose fertilizer. Space plants 2’ to 3’ apart. Avoid high levels of nitrogen in the soil as this promotes vegetative growth and reduces yields. Water regularly during growing season and reduce or withhold water when tomatoes begin to ripen.