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Tomato Seeds, Heirloom Cherokee Purple Tomato

Tomato Seeds, Heirloom Cherokee Purple Tomato

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Heirloom Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds (Solanum lycopersicum) Indeterminate
15 seeds per package
Open pollinated, non-gmo

When ripe, the beefsteak Cherokee Purple Tomato has a dark, dusty rose color with green-tinged shoulders. They're very sweet and have a rich, almost smoky flavor. The fruit is large, about 1 – 2 lbs and refreshingly acidic, thick-skinned with an earthy, lingering flavor.

An old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful, deep, dusky purple-pink color, superb sweet flavor, and very-large-sized fruit. Try this one for real old-time tomato flavor. My favorite dark tomato and one of the best selling varieties.

The Cherokee tomato needs to be staked, trellised, or caged, and pruned for best results; fruit ripens over an extended period. Medium-rich soil with pH 6.0–6.8 preferred. Fertilize carefully since excess nitrogen causes rampant growth, rot, and delayed ripening. For short determinates, succession-plant every 4–6 weeks. Tomatoes typically germinate in 5–7 days.

Full sun location when planting outside.
Sow 1/4" deep keeping the soil lightly moist until germination.
Well draining soil is best with compost and lime (add calcium)
Germination, 5 – 7 days.
For starting seeds indoors, you will want to start 6 – 8 weeks before last frost.
Hardened-off your plants if you started them indoors.
Water seedlings with a high-phosphate fertilizer solution to help boost early yields when transplanting the small plants outside.

For tall indeterminate plant consider pruning once they outgrow a manageable size for easy harvest.
Staking needs to be done when you plant the seedling in the ground or container. It is very difficult to do this after the plant begins to grow, but not impossible. It’s just best to get the tall stakes or trellis in the grown early.

Companion Plants- herbs; borage, basil, dill, mint, sage, fennel, cilantro,  parsley,  chives, thyme, oregano. Flowers; marigold, nasturtium.

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