This beefsteak-style tomato is a favorite for its beautiful deep purple-pink color, sweet flavor, and large-sized fruit. Dates back to 1890!
Tomato, Purple Cherokee ORGANIC
214 in stock
214 in stock
This annual heirloom dates back to 1890! This beefsteak-style tomato is a favorite among heirloom growers. It boasts a beautiful deep purple-pink color, sweet flavor, and large-sized fruit that are great for sandwiches and salads. Purple Cherokee is an indeterminate variety. A must-have for any tomato fanatic!
Suggested Planting Requirements: Tomatoes can be direct sown or transplanted. For direct sowing, garden beds must be prepped and soil should be above 60 degrees. To transplant, start seeds in the greenhouse six weeks before the last frost, then transplant them into your garden. Tomatoes are unique in that they can be buried very deep. The tiny white hairs on the vegetable stalk will actually form roots. Some gardeners suggest planting them sideways. Tomatoes love fertile soil rich in organic matter. Add plenty of compost before planting. Soil pH is preferred between 5.5 and 7.0. Soil should be moist at planting time. Watering should be done at weekly intervals and overwatering avoided. To prevent disease, avoid overhead watering and water at the soil level.
Growing Recommendations: Tomatoes require full sun for healthy and fast growth. A balanced organic fertilizer should be added before planting in the garden. If you are aware of calcium deficiencies in your soil, it is likely your tomatoes will suffer from blossom end rot which is easily taken care of with the addition of a calcium amendment to the soil. During the growing season, water at the soil level of the plants avoiding getting the foliage wet. Prune excess foliage and suckers for maximum production. More information on pruning suckers here. Pruning also helps to increase airflow for tomatoes and can help prevent diseases. Keep a lookout for pests like whiteflies which can decrease production.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest when individual fruits are slightly tender to the squeeze of a finger. This may be before the tomatoes are fully colored.
History: This beautiful and tasty tomato dates back to the 1890s. In 1997 this particular variety came from Craig LeHoulier’s garden in North Carolina. This seed was first made widely available by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in 1997.
|Days to Germination:||10-15|
|Days to Maturity:||70-80|
|Height at Maturity:||4’-5’|
|Lighting Requirements:||Full Sun|
Package Weight: .25 gram
Approximate seed count per packet: 120 seeds
Sows about a 100′ row taking into account thinning.
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10 grams, 5 grams, Packet