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  • Tomato 'Cherokee Purple'  4 inch
  • Tomato 'Cherokee Purple'  4 inch

Tomato 'Cherokee Purple' 4 inch

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A wonderful tomato flavor with a hint of smokiness in slicer-sized tomatoes. This heirloom variety requires patience.

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A consistent winner in taste-tests, 'Cherokee Purple' tomatoes have a sweet, deep tomato flavor with a hint of smokiness, delicious on their own with just a bit of olive oil and salt, or in salads and on sandwiches. 'Cherokee Purple' is best when fruits are allowed to ripen on the vine in all-day sun (at least 6 hours), so patience is required.

Plant the starts deep, leaving only two sets of leaves above ground, even if it means stripping off bottom leaves on a particularly leggy start, or actually laying it at an angle with just two sets of leaves above ground. All the little hairs along the stem will become roots, providing that much more water and nourishment to the plant. You'll also want to install your support, be it a cage, trellis, or some other structure, at the time of transplanting so the roots aren't damaged later on. 

Water tomatoes deeply and only when the soil is dry to encourage flower and fruit production. One trick to getting water down to the roots and not on the leaves is to cut the bottom off a 16-oz. to liter-size plastic bottle, throw away the cap, then partially bury the cap end of the bottle into the ground close to the tomato start. Angle it slightly so you can water into the bottle. 

Common Name Cherokee Purple Tomato
Culinary Uses Best fresh in salads and on sandwiches.
Harvest Time 80 - 90 days
Mature Size Vines are 6' and longer. Fruits average 10 - 12 ounces each.
Growth Rate Moderate
Cold Hardiness Frost sensitive annual
Light Full sun to partial sun
Structure Vines are 6' and longer. Put in support - cage, trellis, or stakes - at time of planting.
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