Cherokee Purple Tomato Seed

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Right up there with Brandywine for taste and beauty. Stunning, deep, dusky purple-pink color, superb sweet flavor and very large fruit. Real old-time tomato flavor! Our favorite dark tomato and one of our best-selling varieties. Easy to seed/peel for preserving/canning. Up to 12-15 pounds of tomatoes from each plant. Prefers temperatures in the 80s rather than the 90s, but will start setting fruit when temperatures drop back after summer heat waves. Indeterminate. Outstanding! Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 7-14
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/8” deep in sterile planting medium.
  • Transplant spacing: 36”
  • Produce size: 8-20 oz. each
  • Yield: Up to 15 lbs. per plant
  • Mature plant height: 6’ or more; requires staking
  • Suitable for container growing: Yes
  • Year of discovery: Pre-1890, by Native American Cherokees

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