25 Seeds per pack
(Lycopersicon lycopersicum) 80-90 days Cherokee Purple tomatoes have a wonderful sweet, rich flavor and are a unique deep pink with purplish tint and green shoulders (shoulders remain green when ripe). The Cherokee Purple Tomato was grown over 100 years ago by the Cherokee Indians and has a history of being a long-time favorite. An heirloom variety that is vigorous, the relatively short indeterminate plants produce 6-8 oz. fruits, with somewhat thick skin, but a soft tender inside. Considered by many to be one of the best tasting heirloom tomatoes, flavor is smooth and sweet. Productive heirloom tomato variety, high in nutrients. Tolerant to drought and common diseases.
Planting Instructions for Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds
Start Cherokee Purple Pollinated Tomato seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Plant the Tomato seeds ¼” deep in sterile seed starting mix. Germination occurs in 6-14 days in soil 70-90°F. Once true leaves develop, separate Heirloom / Open Pollinated Tomato plants into 3-4″ pots, placing in full light & cooler temps (60-70°F). Set out hardened off Tomato transplants, in full sun, once soil has warmed, 18-30″ apart, in rows 3-4′ apart. Plant tall, spindly Cherokee Purple Tomato seedlings deeper, the stems will sprout roots and support and strengthen the plant. To help prevent blossom end rot, put 1 Tbs of lime, ground oyster shells, or crushed eggshells at the bottom of your planting hole. The calcium will help build strong cell walls once your heirloom tomatoes plants start producing fruit. For strong Cherokee Purple tomato plants, add 1 Tbs of aged compost and 1 Tbs of bone meal to the bottom of the hole as well.
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