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Tomato - Cherokee Purple, ORGANIC

5 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

Solanum lycopersicum

HEIRLOOM Our most popular tomato, this beauty lives up to its praise. So tasty and adored, the Cherokee Purple is part of the Slow Foods Arc of Taste! Amazing flavor with flattened globes that have unique purplish-pink flesh. Huge productive plants yield large crops of 12 oz fruits. Indeterminate. Approx. seeds per packet = 50


The first bite of a friend’s homegrown tomatoes is the clarion call to gardening for many people. The flavor is incomparable and it lingers in our memories through the long winter days. And so begins the epic journey of devotion that is growing tomatoes. Native to the dry highlands of Peru, these plants are rather sensitive to the growing conditions found in much of the US, requiring some extra vigilance by the grower to mitigate plant diseases. Generally, they prefer good air flow from sturdy trellising and low humidity, although there are many varieties that have been selected to perform well under different conditions. The plants are either determinate, or indeterminate. On determinate plants the fruits ripen at one time and don’t necessarily need to be staked. Indeterminate plants continue growing until frost with fruit ripening until the plant dies. Nutrients: dietary fiber, vitamins A, C and K, potassium, manganese.
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Product Description

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100′ Row Average Yield / 100′ Row Days to Harvest
9000 1/2 gr 150 lbs 80
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 70-90°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant 1/4″ NA 50
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24″ 6-14 Annual 4-7 years
Tomatoes are frost-sensitive annuals that need full sun and evenly moist soil to thrive. Most varieties prefer caging, staking or trellising. Take care to water only the roots and soil, not the plant leaves to reduce risk of disease. Plant Seeds: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, planting 1/4" deep in 3-4" pots. Transplant after all danger of frost and when soil has warmed up, leaving 3' between rows and 18-24" between plants. When planting, sink plants very deep up to 12-18" deep, right up to the base of the first leaves. This will promote good root development. Soil Temp: 70-90 F. Days to Sprout: 6-14 days. Companions: asparagus, basil, bee balm, cabbage family, garlic, nasturtium, celery, parsley, onion, marigold. Antagonists: cabbage family, pole beans, dill, fennel, potato, corn. Seeds/Oz: 9,000. Average Yield/100' row: 150 lbs. Days to Harvest: 60-85 from date of transplant. Seed Viability: 4-7 years

Additional Information


0.15 grams – Packet, 1 grams, 2 grams, 3 grams, 4 grams

6 reviews for Cherokee Purple, ORGANIC

  1. 5 out of 5


    Great!! Keeps good and sweet taste!

  2. 5 out of 5


    If you’re looking for a tomato with wonderful flavor, and big enough that one slice makes a ‘mater sandwich, this is your tomato. Very productive, even through our dry summer of 2015. Excellent flavor, and a very pretty tomato.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Has real good taste and I have always had good luck with this tomato. In 2015, I grew 1 in a large pot and had the best luck ever.

  4. 5 out of 5


    One of my favorite tomatoes. It grows well, tastes great and is large enough for sandwiches & burgers. A must have each year.

  5. 5 out of 5


    This tomato has a wonderful rich flavor, a long harvest, pretty crack resistant for a big tomato. I have had great success saving this seed from year to year. Love this variety.

  6. 5 out of 5


    We have grown these the past couple of years and they are now a garden staple. Must have for fresh tomato sandwiches. And the flavor is perfectly balanced, no too sweet and not too tart. They hold up well if you need to cook with with too, but I must say the best is raw and fresh with herbs. Try it with fresh mint!

  7. 5 out of 5


    I love this variety! Great yield and the flavor is wonderful. I’ve grown these tomatoes the past 3 years and now consider them a staple in my garden.

  8. 5 out of 5


    Have grown these for the past 3 years or so and love them. Pretty fruit, amazing flavor!

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